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Young Marco mines deep into the hazy euphoria of Italy's early ninties underground for this expansive retrospective of the dream house scene. 
At the tail end of the 1980s, a new take on deep house began to emerge from Italian studios. 'Dream house' drew inspiration from key U.S deep house records of the period – the spacey melodiousness of Larry Heard's productions, and the rich jazziness of tracks originating in New Jersey in particular – but sounded distinctly different. Its' 'head-in-the-clouds' feel – all rich chords, tactile basslines, fluid piano lines and starry electronics – made 'dream house' a uniquely Italian proposition.

First and foremost, the style echoed the wavy, glassy-eyed positivity of the period more than any other. While music in the UK and the low countries was getting faster and heavier, Italy's 'dream house' producers continued to create music shot through with warmth and colourful musicality until 1993. While few 'dream house' records were made after then, its' sounds and loose aesthetic influenced subsequent styles such as trance and progressive house.

During its' peak, dream house – or, as it was tagged by leading Italian label DFC, 'ambient house' (echoing the similarly minded work of UK pioneers such as The Orb and The KLF) – could be heard blaring from club sound systems across Europe. The style's popularity was fuelled, in part at least, by the runaway international success of "Sueno Latino".

Welcome To Paradise gathers together some of the finest examples of the style for the first time since the turn of the 90s. It includes a smattering of scene anthems – Key Tronics Ensemble's peerless "Calypso of House", Morenas's "Sonnambulism", the ambient mix of Last Rhythm's Italo-house classic "Last Rhythm" – alongside a swathe of hard-to-find, in-demand and forgotten gems.

There are cuts from key players in the movement – the likes of Don Pablos Animals, Sasha (later to find fame with a strong of bouncy, piano-heavy Italo-house cuts), and Dreamatic – plus a string of lesser-known names whose contribution to the evolution of the sound should not be overlooked. Young Marco has also found space for Leo Anibaldi's "Elements", a rare deep house outing from a producer who later helped define the sound of Roman techno.

Over the course of two double-vinyl compilations (and one extended digital download package), Welcome To Paradiso celebrates one of the most evocative and imaginative musical styles of electronic music's golden era. Kick off your shoes, turn your gaze skywards, and immerse yourself in the music.

It’s been all go at the Safe Trip Institute of late, with a visiting professor of Cosmic Numerology and Solar-Psychic Channelling joining the laboratory team to conduct intense analysis on more audio artefacts. Dr Prins Thomas is currently on secondment from the Full Pupp College of Scandi-Science in Oslo and has provided his own aural interpretations of audio held in the file ST012, colloquially known as “Tulipa Moves”. This file was said to be the work of an associate fellow of the Institute known only as “Darling”.

After careful consideration of his musical re-configurations, which can be found in file ST016, the institute would like to offer the following observations:

• His extensive experimentations on the artefact known as “Kiss The Glass” tie in closely to his exploration of astronomic numerology. By adding together the various numbers used to represent specific musical elements contained in the recording – synthesizer leads, TB-303 style’ acid motifs, machine drums and so on – we arrived at a startling total: 84626852. Coincidentally this number is also the given codename for one of the galaxy’s most confusing stars.

• Dr Thomas’s other re-framing (of ST012 artefact 05, “The M Song”) is even more ear catching and eye-opening. We observe that the echoing electronic note sequences, chiming motifs and shuffling rhythm represents the transfer of data between two points; one above the surface of the Earth, the other within its hollow interior. This is a significant breakthrough on many levels.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Norwegian disco genius and king of cosmic techno, Prins Thomas takes on a pair of Darling delights, turning out a couple of fresh versions inspired by italo, electro, acid and Balearic house. Check out Thomas' version of "The M Song" if you wanna take a mid set trip to a happier place.

Franco F / Marika Lenny

Welcome To Paradise ADE Bonus Disc

Nice, limited, almost-white label business here from the Safe Trip crew - purveyors of both "Dream House" compilations alongside 'nuff tasty new house music. This release was given out exclusively at the Amsterdam Dance Event last year, but somehow we've managed to bag a few limited spares!

Double-sider of exquisite house music pressure. Franco F's "Ray-Tracing Sauna" is a wavy glider with punchy low end, thick swirling pads and a steady beat. Add a few ascending arpeggio flurries and you've got a dreamy house epic that's not only in keeping with the label's ethos, it packs a serious vibe for the floor.

Marika Lenny deploys vintage house organ chords, a bubbling synthline and kinetic house beats for a mid-session romp that'll put smiles on everyone's face. Add a careering synth-flute cruising through the middle of the track and it's only gonna accentuate the buzz! Literally the last remaining copies of this hit, so don't delay if you want in. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Eagle eared and keen dance music enthusiasts will be aware of this record that circulated during last year's Amsterdam Dance Event. We've got huslted a few spares for us meagre peasantry that were unable to attent. Don't mess about, once it's gone its gone!

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: Super limited 12" release in conjuction with Amsterdam Dance Event

Ben Penn

Very Important

June 2018, Amsterdam, NL: 12 months ago we concluded a series of experiments with a test subject named Ben Penn. A year on, we decided to repeat this experiment at his Tilburg base. Once again, the results were startling...
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After being provided with a sizeable dose of an enhanced and notably stronger derivative of 4-Ho Met (codenamed ST011), Penn not only reported intense hallucinations but also enhanced music production capabilities. With the aid of electronic instruments and hardware, he worked quickly, producing both his trademark “higher level inter-dimensional funk” and compositions that defied our previous expectations.

During the early stages of his ST011 experience, Penn completely ignored the provided Rhythm Composer and instead crafted a colourful, humid, jazzy and beat-free track entitled “Nix”, which boasted loose and fluid synthesizer motifs. As his hallucinatory experience intensified, Penn giddily tapped out tropical rhythms on the provided beat-making device, smothering them in alien electronics and sticky melodies. When we asked what this devilishly good cut was called, he simply replied: “Not Important”.

As the test went on and the most intense symptoms died down, Penn was much like his old self. Before the ST011 wore off completely, he was able to finish two examples of his trademark “inter-dimensional funk”: the skewed, introspective, bassline-driven wooziness of “Ben” and the mazy, kaleidoscopic goodness of “People”. The latter composition was particularly potent and ear pleasing, suggesting that his ST011 experience had finished on an intense high

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: More synthetic 4/4 funk from Young Marco's entirely psychedelic Safe Trip imprint. This time round, Ben Penn hits us with a vibrating beatless jam, a tropical tonker and a pair of saucer-eyed steamers (check that bassline on "Ben"!). Grab a copy and rock a dance floor.

Dazion

Dragon Wave/Vx Ltd

Skipping the completely cryptic sales notes which accompany all Safe Trip 12"s, I'll give you a little audio exposition on this strange groover from Den Hague's Dazion. The A-side slides into tribal territories thanks to tumbling percussion and bubbling electronics, twisted into a hypnotic offering which generally rejects classification. On the flip we have "VX Ltd", a more poignant and melancholic outing, utilising spacey electronic melodies, gently bobbing chords, heart-aching guitar flourishes and a tough but broken rhythm track. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Dazion follows up his hawt hit on Second Circle with a 5D dance floor bomb on Safe Trip. On the A-side techno-tribal percussion dances around a ritualistic riff, while the B-side brings spaced out electro with a hint of melancholy. Music for the 4-HO-5-MEO crew...

New album from Darling on Safe Trip records - Young Marco's psychedelically aligned label based in Amsterdam.

Sonically, it allies itself with Andras Fox, Moon B, Vakula & Dream House - delicately constructed, fathoms deep and with a tantalizing, humanoid palette which, though often electronically powered, prefers dusty retro sound boxes than the most up-to-date, speaker-crushing VST plug-ins.

It's playful in parts, naive in others, but seductive and caressing throughout. It fits perfectly with the Safe Trip ethos - fundamentally creating a rich and stimulating sonic environment in which to journey inwards, outwards and across dimensional barriers. Take the trip!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: This one took me by surprise. Delicate and serene with big nods to Melbourne's box twiddlers; Darling has conjured up a heart felt, electronically powered album that traverses mood, genre and style effortlessly. A mini-masterpiece!

Darling

When She Hates Me / Isle Of Red

    Young Marco's psychedelic hub, Safe Trip, returns with another precision dose of dreamy trance dance, perfectly filtrated by frequent flyer Darling. On A-side cut "When She Hates Me" our club chemist puts together shuffling drum patterns, sparkling chords and a circular bassline, augmenting his paradise electronics with glitching arps, tropical idents and steamy pads. The result is a moving and melodic slice of dream house, perfect for deployment when the body's tired and the mind's at its most susceptible. Over on the flip "Isle Of Red" uses laser guided bass, exotic mallets and evocative delays to place us in a distant jungle clearing, bathed in primal rhythms and a cooling mist. 

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Another winner from Safe Trip here as Darling delivers a two tracker of textured and melodic house for the rainforest crew. Expect to hear this in my next Naturist warm up...

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    12" Info: One copy found

    Young Marco mines deep into the hazy euphoria of Italy's early ninties underground for this expansive retrospective of the dream house scene.
    At the tail end of the 1980s, a new take on deep house began to emerge from Italian studios. 'Dream house' drew inspiration from key U.S deep house records of the period – the spacey melodiousness of Larry Heard's productions, and the rich jazziness of tracks originating in New Jersey in particular – but sounded distinctly different. Its' 'head-in-the-clouds' feel – all rich chords, tactile basslines, fluid piano lines and starry electronics – made 'dream house' a uniquely Italian proposition.

    First and foremost, the style echoed the wavy, glassy-eyed positivity of the period more than any other. While music in the UK and the low countries was getting faster and heavier, Italy's 'dream house' producers continued to create music shot through with warmth and colourful musicality until 1993. While few 'dream house' records were made after then, its' sounds and loose aesthetic influenced subsequent styles such as trance and progressive house.

    During its' peak, dream house – or, as it was tagged by leading Italian label DFC, 'ambient house' (echoing the similarly minded work of UK pioneers such as The Orb and The KLF) – could be heard blaring from club sound systems across Europe. The style's popularity was fuelled, in part at least, by the runaway international success of "Sueno Latino".

    Welcome To Paradise gathers together some of the finest examples of the style for the first time since the turn of the 90s. It includes a smattering of scene anthems – Key Tronics Ensemble's peerless "Calypso of House", Morenas's "Sonnambulism", the ambient mix of Last Rhythm's Italo-house classic "Last Rhythm" – alongside a swathe of hard-to-find, in-demand and forgotten gems.

    There are cuts from key players in the movement – the likes of Don Pablos Animals, Sasha (later to find fame with a strong of bouncy, piano-heavy Italo-house cuts), and Dreamatic – plus a string of lesser-known names whose contribution to the evolution of the sound should not be overlooked. Young Marco has also found space for Leo Anibaldi's "Elements", a rare deep house outing from a producer who later helped define the sound of Roman techno.

    Over the course of two double-vinyl compilations (and one extended digital download package), Welcome To Paradiso celebrates one of the most evocative and imaginative musical styles of electronic music's golden era. Kick off your shoes, turn your gaze skywards, and immerse yourself in the music.


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