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Stefano Ritteri Featuring Pino Presti

Come Back To Me

Having been fans of Italian powerhouse Pino Presti’s music for a long time, it’s a special moment for the Spaziale team to now be releasing the master’s music. SPZ006 sees Stefano Ritteri offer up a club leaning version of a Presti classic, 'Come Back To Me', and new takes on two tracks uncovered from the Pino Presti vaults that have never before been released.

Having reached out to Pino, who withdrew from the spotlight a number of years ago, the Spaziale team discovered he was sitting on some unheard, unreleased material. Spaziale’s Stefano Ritteri jumped at the opportunity to work with these recordings, resulting in Ritteri versions of both a Presti classic, ‘Come Back To Me’ spaced out into the galaxies, and two of these never-before-heard tracks recorded back in 1985. Using the original master tapes Ritteri weaves in subtle synth lines, added drum machine hits and tape echo delays to the arrangements providing punchy Balearic takes on these hidden treasures.

The first officially licensed, re-mastered reissue of the late ‘70s rare groove classic, "Nightlife" from original Blackbyrds guitarist, Barney 'Blair' Perry. Original 12” copies of this New York, soul-crooning, boogie masterpiece trade hands for £225+ and with the likes of DJ Harvey and Mr Scruff putting it on rotation, this reissue is serious news for those in the know.

Only a member of the Blackbyrds for their first two albums, penning their hit "Walking in Rhythm", by 1978 Perry had released this lone solo gem that would go unappreciated until the ‘90s rare groove scene embraced it. The title cut, "Nightlife" is a boogie funk madness, drenched in sleazy synths and dripping with trademark Perry guitar solos, soul-soaked vocals and straight-up, NYC style.

On the flip - more than 7 minutes of blissful fusion vibes going by the name of "Virgo Princess", heavy on the sweeping strings and kind of eyes closed, lean-back riffs you'd hope for with Barney at the controls!


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Finally! One of those records that only seemed accessible via the (thankfully illicit) Rusty's Dusty Disco; we now get a fully licensed, and sounding super hot reissue. Rejoice!

Officially licensed, remastered reissue of a rare and obscure experimental jam from Rotterdam, 'Cor Corora' by Nyra Bakiga, original copies of which have been selling for upwards of £300 on Discogs

Produced by Peter Graute and Martin Van Der Leer, who ran the punk/new wave label and record store Backstreet Backlash Records, 'Cor Corora' is an exploratory journey that sounds light-years ahead of it's 1981 release. Warped, crunched beats, twisted guitars and space echoed delays lay the foundation for Nyra's sublime vocals - who was the wife of an African ambassador in the Netherlands, where her paths crossed with the Backstreet Backlash duo.

Unsurprisingly the likes of Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda were giving 'Cor Corora' rotations in the early days of the Italian Afro Cosmic scene and the track is still a prized possession in the record bags of some of the best selectors around, including everyone from Peanut Butter Wolf to Manfredas.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: It's time to replace my bootleg! Perhaps the pinnacle of tribal electronics, this brain mulching dose of Afro-cosmic insanity emerged from Rotterdam in 1981, presumably by way of a Stargate. If you want the full effect, you need to go in for the twenty minute trip of the long version on the B-side. If you need me I'll be in the isolation pod.

A truly special reissue of a fantastic and incredibly rare Afro-disco 12” from 1978, Tumblack - 'Caraiba / Invocation'. Originally released on the seminal French disco label Barclay, you'd be hard pressed to even find an original copy in the UK, let alone for a reasonable price, so it's high time an officially licensed, remastered reissue came around.

Taking the A side of this EP Stefano Ritteri provides a “Spaziale Version” of 'Caraiba' that seamlessly blends elements of African, Afrobeat, Funk and Disco styles, with segments that continually morph and evolve into new tracks. Irresistibly funky and percussive drumming patterns and melodies hypnotise the listener, with only the occasional outbreak of African chanting breaking up the grooves.

The B-side contains the original version of “Invocation” that is effectively one long drum track broken down into 7 segments that never drop a beat alongside the original version of 'Caraiba' in all it's glory.

As EP's go, this really does take the listener on a journey to Africa, via 1978 New York, and is a true one of a kind. And for all those sample-spotters out there, there's no end of complex drum patterns and basslines to dive into.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Hot on the heels of a fine reissue of a sought after Arabic disco banger A. Mislayene, Spaziale drop a 12" repress of Tumblack's finest dance floor stompers. If you need a percussion heavy bit of spangled Afro-disco, look no further than the raw power of "Invocation" and especially "Caraiba", which appears in its original form as well as edited by label boss Stefano Ritteri.


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