Monday, December 28, 2009

Smiles - Pendulum (1983)

This is the italo electro disco medley version from Theme From Warriors (B. De Vorzon), Escape From N.Y. (John Carpenter) and Assault On Precinct 13 (John Carpenter) on the Zanza label. Awesome!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Myrone Aiden - Farbwechsel 2009

Dear readers, Mister Italo wishes you all a great and warm Christmas Eve with one of my favorite tracks from 2009. We need a lot more of this stuff in the second decade of the 21st century!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Overfitted Disco Birthday Party - Downloads available


Amici, last Saturday, my friends from the amazing Overfitted Disco blog celebrated their second birthday with a great online stream party and DJs from the U.S., Finland and Germany. You can now download the stream, don't miss this chance: here.

The Immortals - Ultimate Warlord (1979)

This is a pretty weird, futuristic and awesome space disco smasher you have to know!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Supermax - It ain't easy (1979)

Ultracool electro/cosmic disco from the late 70s. The Austrian Kurt Hauenstein produced quite a few great albums and was part of the legendary "Sound of Munich" electronic disco scene. Play loud to get the groove!

Monday, December 7, 2009

An early Christmas present: 13 legendary mixes from The Robot Scientists




The Robot Scientists are preparing their Musica da Batticuore Mix Nr. 14. To get you glam robots warmed up for this, they decided to give you their mixes Nr. 1 to 13 again! All packed with essential Italo, Cosmic and Synth Disco classics, all mixed live with real vinyl records - a great chance, don't miss this, download periods are limited!

You can find all tracklists in their myspace-blog.

1. http://www.mediafire.com/?ujocttwn4fg
2. http://www.mediafire.com/?y3q9nmynyzw
3. http://www.mediafire.com/?mw04nte9omy
4. http://www.mediafire.com/?xy0tut0txy0
5. http://www.mediafire.com/?50mcvrq14yc
6. http://www.mediafire.com/?ambmdq3nsgb
7. http://www.mediafire.com/?q43cfrqwxzx
8. http://www.mediafire.com/?ccq9lwjak6b
9. http://www.mediafire.com/?nde9edrdwxv
10. http://www.mediafire.com/?lwrqojoymoz
11. http://www.mediafire.com/?mknnjmmy0m5
12. http://www.mediafire.com/?yutzdzymy10
13. http://www.mediafire.com/?yny0mzyz5ly

Sylvia Love - Instant Love (1979) & Cosmic Carousel (2009)

Salve, this here is a great space disco track from Sylvia Love (I prefer the DUB version though). She released a new track recently, see below, "Cosmic Carousel" - pretty pumping "Space-Electro-Disco" - not bad, but not a classic either, but I post it here to show: the electro-disco revival is in full effect. Another proof: I just saw Casco - Cybernetic Love sell for 90 Euros on ebay. It always was 50, 60 - this shows that the nerds finally realise which the really good tracks are...;).



Friday, December 4, 2009

The Robot Scientists tonight on Overfitted Disco



Amici, I strongly recommend you to listen to The Robot Scientists not-from-this-world "Spaced Out Disco" set tonight on their radio show on "Overfitted Disco", the leading "Disco 2.0" blog and web radio from the UK.

This is how their DJ Sets sound like when they have their "Spaced Out Disco" night with guests from all over the world.

In case you don't have time tonight you can also enjoy their mix via their Soundcloud page or directly here in the player!

The Robot Scientists - Spaced Out Disco Vol.1 by therobotscientists

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Den Harrow - A taste of love (1983)

I really have to confess that live performances of Italo Disco artists were once in a while not only cheesy, but simply inacceptable. Like this one. But I love the song. And this live TV appearance is pretty funny, too. This is why I selected it. Anyway, for me, this is one of the top Den Harrow tracks and a top CSD outfit for straight men who want to take the plunge. Go for it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanya - Freedom (1982)

Excellent piece of italo electro disco from the guys behind Trilogy who also did "Not love". This here is the classic instrumental version, highly minimalistic and pretty robot-groovy. The vocal version is nice, too, it has a little bit more synths in it, but I couldn't find it on Youtube. Imagine you are a 3-feet-tall mini robot, then dance to this with your robot friends, it is fun! ;)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mauro Micheloni - Looking For Love (1983)

Some of you might think I know all these obscure tracks I present here for ages. It is not the truth for all. Actually I danced to italo the first time I ever went to a discotheque, which is kind of cool. But I still discover great tracks today, like this one here. I read about it in a top 10 italo tracks list and I have to say, it really is a perfect italo song.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Implantation - Choose Your Lover 1984

This is an completely and utterly overseen Italo disco hit with a great galloping bassline, released in the magic year 1984 on the outstanding Many Records label. Ok, the vocals - as usual. But the synth work is excellent, done by Fabricio Gatto, Aldo Martinelli and Simona Zanini who also were the guys behind the ingenious Doctor's Cat band project. This track is worth to have some more listeners I think - and for the hardcore vinyl addicts, there are some reasonably priced records at discogs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The first House record came from Italy - Klein & M.B.O. vs. Jesse Saunders

Amici, now follows a lesson in marketing - and the plain truth. The U.S. always were the biggest marketers, respect for that. But they also claim to have invented HOUSE music which is not correct. This track here below is supposed to be "the first house record ever", "On and on" from Jesse Saunders, from 1984.

Wikipedia even says: "The hypnotic electronic dance song "On and On", produced in 1984 by Chicago DJ Jesse Saunders and co-written by Vince Lawrence, had elements that became staples of the early house sound, such as the 303 bass synthesizer and minimal vocals. It is sometimes cited as the 'first house record', although other examples from the same time period, such as J.M. Silk's "Music is the Key" (1985) have also been cited".

Listen yourself: 1984



For me, this sounds pretty much like e.g. the Klein & M.B.O. tracks Tony Carrasco and Mario Boncaldo produced in Milan in 1982.

Check for example "The MBO Theme" from their first longplayer or their huge U.S. hit "Dirty Talk", both from 1982!





And this here, "Funk you up", is Jesse Saunders second one - very ITALO, don't you think? BUT from 1984 - he loved the Italian productions so much...;).



For me, the Italians invented HOUSE! Judge for yourself! And if you also think so, send this article your friends! The ITALO truth about HOUSE needs to be spread! ;)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kermesse - Mrs. Moon 1983

WWeeelcome, last week of November! I am really looking forward to December, let the winter begin! No matter how cold it gets, it will not be as cold as on the moon where "Mrs.Moon" lives! SUCH a great italo song, I love it! HARD to get as usual! Obscure italo electronic & synth disco at its best, turn up the volume!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gaznevada - I.C. Love Affair (1983)

These guys created the classic "Special Agent Man", this here is a ultrarare cut from an Italian TV show. Great to see that Italo Disco was even on TV...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

B. Rose - Hey D.J. 1983

Deep down from the vaults of youtube I present you another pre-house-anthem from Italy: Hey D.J. - give me a lot of music! WOW, really, a great production, as usual the lyrics are hilarious and the singer is not too talented, but the instrumental rocks harder than 91,4% of all house and electroclash records ever produced after 1983. Real classic fun. ;)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jerry Moon - Over and over 1984

Yessss, this is a rrreal gem, absolutely obscure and catchy! "Over and over" I have to play this one, this really impossible to get italo disco track. It is because of these songs why I love italo disco so much: the synths, the vocals, the girl in the background, everything done with the punk attitude "just do it": even if you cant sing, who cares, it is about having fun (and maybe about making some money)! I really want an obscure italo electro disco revival festival in Rimini!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Risqué - The girls are back in town (1982)

Watch out boys, the girls are back in town, and they want passion! ;) Mind-blowing electronic disco hit who never made it into any charts, but into the setlist of The Robot Scientists for their glamourous Spaced Out Disco club night.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Z Factor - I like to do it in fast cars 1983

Mamma mia, this is a pretty italo-sounding track from the U.S., a proto-house track by Jesse Saunders, amazing classic!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Richard Wahnfried - Time Actor 1979

Amazing cosmic track from one of the world's most important synth music pioneers, Klaus Schulze, under his pseudo "Richard Wahnfried".

Friday, October 30, 2009

John Carpenter - Escape from New York Italo Disco Version (1983)

Amici dello spazio, this here is a great italo version of the John Carpenter soundtrack for "Escape from New York", in German "Die Klapperschlange" (The rattlesnake). It was produced by the German Ralf Hennings - he released several 12 inches with discotized John Carpenter tracks (Assault on Precinct 13, Christine, The Philadelphia Experiment and a LP with shorter versions) and some other great italo-esque tracks, almost all a must have! Check them out!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Desire - I Can't Hold You Live in San Diego 2009

Amici, this is atmospheric italo-based new wave synth disco pop from one of the greatest hopes in pop music today, Desire from the amazing and highly recommended label Italians do it better.

I happened to be at their concert yesterday and talked to Johnny Jewel who is also the mastermind behind Glass Candy and Chromatics - great buddy, great talent, great passion - buy their records!

Live, all his bands sound a lot more dynamic, tracks are faster, you can dance to them easily, so don't miss them when they get close to where you live. This is how italo can sound today - like a (danceable) soundtrack to the next David Lynch movie.

The sound quality of this video really is bad, but you can get the energy...i love this track...enjoy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hohokam - Harlequin tears 1985

Powerful high energy track from the band with the strange name, produced by Gary Numan, released on his NUMA label. It was a success in the UK, but on the European mainland not very much known. Turn up the volume and wave your arms up and down while going two steps back and forth - this is the new wave HiNRG dance! ;)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cristal - Phonic (1977)

Pretty coooool cosmic electronic disco track from a side project of Cerrone - have a nice disco weekend!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Telex - Moskow Discow (1979)

Amazingly amazing electro disco track which made it into the charts in several countries...10 points out of 10 on the "electro classics" scale.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ken Laszlo - Hey hey guy (1984)

Haha, finally a real italo disco gem and a real success in many countries. Still love this one, get it at your favorite flea market and dance to it with your friends on a Sunday afternoon. Fun track!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Styloo - Pretty Face (Extended Version) 1983

Salve, finally a really really good not too cheesy italo disco track we loved to dance to back in our Rimini-style discotheque in the old days. Still love it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ganymed - We like you (the way you like us) 1979

When Brian Eno said "I've heard the sound of the future" in Berlin 1977, refering to Giorgio Moroder's "I feel love", sung by Donna Summer, some guys in Austria - not far away from Munich, the electronic disco capital - also produced "music from the universe" - the band Ganymed existed from 1977-1983 and they produced awesome space disco tracks, just like this one, which also made it into the charts. Turn up the volume!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Space - Magic fly (1977)

This is the classic space disco chart hit by the French band "Space" - they did everything right with this track, video and band set up - and they proved that space disco can get into the charts! You all know this one, but anyway, enjoy! :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Hélicon - You ... see (instrumental) (1983)

Wow!! That's pure Italo-sound at its best. Very cheeeeeesy, especially the vocals. So I prefer here the instrumental version - that's cheesy enough! Try to get it if you love this kind of sound.



If you want to compare it with the vocal version: Here it is; and you'll know what I mean with the cheese-factor:

Peter Richard - Walking in the neon (1985)

This here is an upspeeded and a wave-influenced Italo-track. Great stuff! You can get some original copies on Discogs - but not that cheap.

Massimo Barsotti D.J. - Whole lotta love (1983)

Ciao amici,

today I present you a pretty weird Italo cover-version from the classic Led Zeppelin song. This here is the instrumental version.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Block Sistem - "Don't Leave Me Now" (1983)

One more of these incredible tracks done in 1983 by two punks in terms of "i got a synth, let's do an electro disco track". Wonderful, really, I love this one here. Hard to get as usual and not cheap. BTW, I love the fact that they wrote "sistem" instead of "system"...;)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Kas Product - Never come back 1982

Okay, amici, not italo, not disco, rather minimal wave, but I love this track from 1982. And related to my post from yesterday..."she's gone away" and will "never come back", hehe. ;)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jimy K - She's gone away 1984

Heyyyy, what is this? The coolest italo electro disco track ever? Almost! At least the vocals are amazingly cool...I imagine a David Hasselhoff-style motorcycle riding leather jacket wearing curly haired gigolo that is chewing his bubble gum while singing about a girl that is gone and he doesn't really care so much. An amazingly rare record by the way, almost no chance to get it at a reasonable price.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Lindström - I feel space (2005)

This is a great mix-up of the Lindström classic with real sounds and imagery from the Apollo 8 mission. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Europe - Unisexappeal (1984)

Another great superunknown track, this one here. The scratch effects track are pretty weird, too. ;)



One year later, Mariano Boncaldo, the producer of Europe released this track, Baja Imperial from Plastic Mode which became a lot more successful. The instrumentals are pretty similar.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Electra feat. Tara Butler - Feels good 1982

Amici, produced by Franco Falsini and Sergio Cossa in 1982, this here is the proof that Italo Disco is "Proto House" and "Proto-so-many-other-dancefloor-styles-that-came-later" - Italo was the blueprint for them all-e! The instrumental dub rocks even harder, so get the vinyl. Turn up the volume! BTW - compare the instrumentals to the 2002 hit from Chicken Lips "He not in"...not sooooo much difference, both are classics!



Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Brand Image - Are you loving (1983)

Many many people love this gem, at discogs 273 people say they want it. This here is the instrumental version, amazing synths! The Robot Scientists did an edit of the instrumental version, you can listen to it on their myspace page, just select it from their player here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sumeria - Cosmic traveller (1977)

This here are two tracks from the amazing Sumeria album Golden tears, it starts off with the amazingly great Cosmic traveler, followed by Somewhere, Elsewhere. Alec R. Costandinos, a very influential producer especially in the 70s, is responsible for all this beauty.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

M & G - When I let you down (1986)

Suppperrrr italo track from 1986 (usually a year without real electro disco classics, but this here, wow!). If you want it on vinyl get the reissue on Skylax. Daaaaance and boogie!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hotline - Fantasy (1982)

I recently posted Bobby O`s classic "She has a way", this here is almost as good, another timeless hiNRG hit produced by Bobby Orlando. Don't miss this!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Exclusive The Robot Scientists mix for cosmicdisco.co.uk


Ciao, amici, today I have something special to announce: my friends The Robot Scientists did an amazing job and made an exclusive mix for the best cosmic / italo / electro disco blog in the UK, if not world wide: www.cosmicdisco.co.uk. You can download it from their website. It is packed with recent electro disco monsters to prove that the electro disco dancefloor revolution is soon to come!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bobby "O" - She has a way (1982)

I am proud to present one of the greatest electro disco tracks ever, maybe even the number one of all time: the amazing Bobby Orlando's "She has a way". This definitely is the best HiNRG track and there is no way to make it any better. Enjoy and dance your asses off!

To make clear how great this track is I took this comment from legrandmixer on youtube:

"One month ago I just played this track at one night club and people crowded the dance floor. It comes to reveal that good music never fade away. Even some young guys asked me who is this man? I said: Bobby Orlando. Thanks."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Radar - China darling 1983

A weird electro disco track from Canada with a nice rolling synth bassline and a cool robotic vocoder chorus - hidden gem!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Travel Sex - Sexiness (1983)

Wow, sexy male and female voices - but even more sexy are the instrumentals of this huge track - as usual.

Video Club - Lost time (1983)

Hey, there is one more classic from magic '83. Here I also like more the instrumental dub-version on the B-side.

Duke Lake - Do you (1983)

Hey, I was lazy some days, so here is another great Zanni&Cundari production for you to party to at the weekend.

Cheaps - Moliendo café (1983)

Hoho, this is one of the great tracks from the awesome early and mid 80s producer duo Alessandro Zanni and Stefano Cundari. As usual, I prefer the instrumental "Over Dub" B-Side which is not available on Youtube, but anyway, enjoy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Spaced Out Disco Mix from The Robot Scientists for Download


Ciao amici, my friends The Robot Scientists just informed me that their "Spaced Out Disco" radio show from last week on Overfitted Disco is now available for download. One hour of complete slo-mo-italo-electro-disco-madness you should not miss, prego:

http://www.mediafire.com/?azgn4u2amfm

Monday, September 7, 2009

Neu! - Hallogallo 1972

The future is 37 years old. It is time for a maximum respect track: Neu!'s "Hallogallo", an amazingly influential "Krautrock" band and track you all should know. It's got nothing to do with disco, but it is very hypnotic and spaced out, so some of you - those who dig guitars - will certainly love it! It is one of my non-disco favorite tracks...

Friday, September 4, 2009

Lime - Angel eyes (Dub) 1984

Lime was a pretty successful electro disco band from Montreal. This here is their best track, followed by "On the grid (Dub)" and "Guilty", the latter being real HiNRG bouncers.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Oppenheimer Analysis - Devil's Dancers 1982

What a great track! Originally released on a tape compilation in 1982 and since then forgotten, it became famous in 2005 when Minimal Wave Rec. put it on vinyl for the first time and then 2008 when the Dutch label Clone re-released it on a 12 inch you should not miss. THIS here rocks every electro dancefloor even in the year 2123 unless they invent some awesome multidimensional sound concept that make stereo sound like shellac until then.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Berlin Blondes - Neon probe 1980

Very far ahead of its time new wave stuff, this here from completely unknown Berlin Blondes. THIS ROCKS!

Monday, August 31, 2009

New Musik - While you wait 1982

Listen to this ahead of its time electro new wave track, i love it! I am the proud owner of the promo record.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Amanda Lear - Follow me (1978)

Amanda - I remember that people always asked themselves whether she is a man. Still don't know, but 30 years later this track shows that "electro disco tracks" were in the charts. The synths are amazing.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Azoto - Anytime or place (1980)

Amici, this is potentially my favorite Celso Valli track. The Dutch pressing has the instrumental on the B-Side - highly recommended! Enjoy this masterpiece of electronic disco.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jules - I want to... (1985)

Salve, this here is one of those evergreens of the Italo Disco genre, it will always remain a beautiful track - another one that didn't make it into the charts. A shame! Play it to your friends at least! ;)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Boris Parker - Thinkin Of You (1983)

One of those classic Italo Disco tracks that never made into any charts or playlists, but which are great, not only because of the subtitle "Ha! Uhu! Uhu! Ha! Ha!" - hahaha! Produced by Italo legends Alessandro Novaga, Fabio Sbaragli and Giorgio Paganini.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Peter Jacques Band - Walking on music (1978)

Si si, and the italo / cosmic revival is only possible because there is a DISCO revival going on...an this one here is an awesome high speed electro disco burner, enjoy! Huhuhu....I'm walking on music...huhuhu...I am walking on air! :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Party in my head (2009)

Ragazze, if anyone thinks the Italo and Cosmic Revival is over...I think he is wrong...it is just starting! Check this electro disco monster track from Miss Kittin, released a few weeks ago! Molto bene and very "spaced out"!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Alien - Video games 1982

This is one of the earlier electro disco tracks (1982) with a weird flute that sheer drives you crazy - and the vocals exactly say what happens if you listen to this track too often. "video games get(s) in your brain"...;). Interesting: this track is made by guys from the UK.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Common Sense - Babylon (1985)

Great mechanic italo stomper from the Common Sense project of Fabrizio Simoncioni, the guy who also produced "Marzio Dance D.J. - Adventure", another great track for spaced out disco fans.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Romanelli - Connecting Flight (1982)

Pretty French sounding spaced out instrumental track! Well, it is from France - from Roland Romanelli (he's got a cool silver jacket on, check the discogs image ;), one of the members of Space. His LP with the same title is recommended, too.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Gary's Gang - Makin' music 1983

Great electro disco track from 83 - from my perspective the best one Gary's guys ever made! This sounds like a rhythm blueprint of several DFA records...check it out. You then only need to add the guitars...ok, almost. :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Alphaville - The Nelson Highrise (Sector One: The Elevator) 1984

Ciaooo ragazze, this is not italo, but a German pop group that had big hits in Europe with "Big in Japan" and "Sounds like a melody". THIS here is the B-Side of the latter, a pretty dark italoesque track you will like. Turn the volume up.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Endgames - First-last-for everything (Dub) (1982)

I think that this is not really the dub-version. I know another one that appeared on the "Flip-Records"-label. In every case I think that this title is very underrated. If you wanna hear the version I mean you have to check the "Musica da Batticuore"-mix number three from The Robot Scientists.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hypnosis - Bormaz (1983)

1983 again... Everybody knows "Oxygene". This one is the B-side. Behind the "Hypnosis"- (or "Hipnosis"-)project are standing the two Italo-legend-producers Stefano Cundari and Allesandro Zanni. Both are well known through the whole scene.
So load your lasergun and listen to "Bormaz".

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Freak Electrique - Parsec (2003)

Today I wanna introduce you a project of NuItalo-stuff: Freak Electrique. Behind this name you can find two - I think Dutch - men. The first release is from the year 2003. It's the very epic and powerfull track "P.H.A.S.E.R.". It runs about 17 (!!) minutes. "Parsec" that you can listen to down below is featured on the B-side.

They came back again in 2005 with two other great releases called "Cloud surfer" and "Symphony electrique". This "Symphony" is also an epic work of NuItalo-style and comes in two versions: a long one (also about 17 minutes) and a short one that runs "only" about 8 minutes. The "Cloud surfer" you can find in the "Musica da Batticuore"-mix number two of "The Robot Scientists".

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I.M.S. - International Music System (1983/1984)

The first release of I.M.S. was in 1983 with their album "International Music System". It contains two of the best italo tracks I know:

1. Nonline (it's a bit electro-influenced but I although would call it italo)



2. Run away



And then in 1984 they came out with this unbelievable "Dancing therapy". Always highly sought after.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Amin Peck - Girl on me (1982)

Amin Peck at its best. This 12-inch is a legend. Three great tracks from this strange italo-artist.

1. Girl on me



2. Anxiety (sorry, nothing found on youtube)

3. Coda

Friday, July 24, 2009

R.E.M. - Computer communication (1983)

This R.E.M. has nothing to do with the well known guys with all their chart hits like "Losing my religion" or something else.
It's of course an Italo-production from that nobody really knows who is behind the project. The ultralong A-side of the 12-inch (10:57) is a pretty good track but I would prefer the remix on the B-side. The synth-bassline sounds very fat. Check it out in the first "Musica da Batticuore"-mix of "The Robot Scientists". You can find it in their myspace-blog incl. download-link.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Doctor's Cat - Feel the drive (Trans Europe Mix) (1984)

Everybody knows the original version of this very nice Italo-hymn from the year 1983 - what year else. This remix by the great Dutchman Ben Liebrand came in 1984 and I like it a lot.

N.O.I.A. - True love (1984)

Nice Italo-classic. Involved in this production are Mario Flores and Oderso Rubini - besides some other guys. These two men are responsible for some other great productions from the early 80s-italo-era (for example: "The Creatures" or "Kirlian Camera").

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Crazy Gang - Every Sunday (1983/2006)

The original track from 1983 is featured on the album "We are the Crazy Gang". This extended edit is an official release from the year 2006 on the "Flexx"-label from Belgium.

Mirage - Woman (1983)

An absolutly Italo-Classic again. Love it this "Woman".

I had to change the video-clip because youtube cancelled the first one. I don't know why. Therefore you have to see this pin-up-boy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hovoyds - I don't want to talk about it (instr.) (1983)

That's the B-side of the 12inch where the instrumental version is featured. But you should also check the edited version by "The Robot Scientists". You can find it in the player of their "Myspace". This edit is the best - it has this "spacefly-feeling" these guys represent.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Steel Mind - Bad passion (instr.) (1982)

This instrumental version is one of the best Italo-Electro tracks ever. Very massive synth-lines. Simply great!!

You can get it as the original from 1982 on the Delirium- or the German ZYX-label - or if you don't want to spend so much money as the bootleg from the year 2007.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mito - Unit (1983)

1983 again - with another Italo-Electro-Classic track including all that an Italo-Electro track needs.

You also can check this track at "The Robot Scientists". They featured it in their first "Musica da Batticuore"-mix you can find in their blog.

G.A.N.G. - KKK (1983)

This track is also a slow one to dream to - and from the great year '83 too.
Try to get the original Italian pressing if you have too much money. Even the German edition on the ZYX-label isn't that cheap.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Telex - Victime de la société (1979)

Taken from the album "Looking for St. Tropez" these three Belgian guys created an melancholical song in a bit "wavy" style. In my opinion the sad mood is also supported by the French language.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gleitzeit - Ich komme aus der DDR 1981

And today for something a little bit different: this here is an amazingly rare and mind-blowing minimal electro track which I love! Play this to your friends and groove!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Atmosphere - Swede's Scandal (1983)

Great track by the guys who also did Sun-La-Chan "Catch", one of the biggest italo electro classics.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chilly - Dance With Me 1978

Love it! A classic electro disco floorfiller from the Chilly album - another masterpiece, this time from Munich, the world capital of electro disco! ;)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sphinx - When I'm In Love (1983)

Ups, somebody just told me I had already posted Azoto last year! This is why you get an extra today: this italo smasher here from the Sphinx LP!

Azoto - Exalt exalt (1979)

Really really excellent piece of electro disco from the Celso Valli produced Azoto and their Disco Fizz album - this record is sold every week at ebay once and never goes away for less than 40 USD...a great one! Amazing timeless robotic tune, soooooooo cooooooooolllll! I llove it!

Friday, July 10, 2009

S.P. Clan - Get Down (On Love) (1983)

Great electro disco track from 1983 from the excellent DID records label, as usual you can get only some vinyl copies at reasonable prices. The instrumental is pretty spaced out, too.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Marzio Dance D.J. - The Adventure (1982)

This here was the opening tune of Disco Xenon in Florence back in 1982/83. Marzio Dance was the resident DJ back then. Later on, there was also a faster remix of this track, even more spaced out than the original! Play this loud!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Spaced Out Disco Mix available for download




The Robot Scientists
offer their last show on Overfitted Disco radio now as download (also in their myspace-blog) to shorten the time until their "Musica da Batticuore" mix Nr.14 is released. Have fun - again, only vinyl records have been used!

Shock - R.E.R.B. MCA 1980
Stereo - Somewhere in the night Carrere 1982
Atmosphere - Swede's scandal Victoria 1984
I.M.S. - An English 93 Bellaphon 1984
Android - Skydancer Streetheat 1986
Chilly - Dance with me Polydor 1978
Scotch - Penguins invasion (Hot version) ZYX 1983
Digital Game - With and without ZYX 1983
Maja - If you love me tonight Nature 2008
Egotrya - Volcano (Lightyears Disco Mix) PITS 2009
Sneakthief - Hollow land (On Tigris I thirst) Creme Org 2006
Gary's Gang - Makin' Music (Dub) Radar 1983
Lama - Love on the rocks Numero 1 1983
Super Sonic Lovers - Summer sweat Radius 2007
Munk - Down in L.A.(Shazam Version) Gomma 2008
Crysalis - I never dance Ramshorn 1987
L.E.B. Harmony - Feeling love Melba 1978

http://www.mediafire.com/?2hzg10mq4yt

Rinder & Lewis - Lust 1977

Amazing track from the two legendary disco producers - the vinyl album "Seven Deadly Sins" with this track is highly in demand still today...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Robot Scientists on air tonight at 8 P.M. UTC


Make sure to listen The Robot Scientists and their “Spaced Out Disco” radio show tonight, exclusively on Overfitting Disco Radio, at 8 PM UTC. Enjoy the flight! ;)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Moderat - A new error 2009

Friends, I acutally tend to talk about old classics here, but this one is a new classic from the guys behind modeselektor and apparat, enjoy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Spaced out disco" on air


I was wondering what my friends The Robot Scientists were doing the last weeks. No new mix since a long time - nothing to hear from the two crazy Germans.

But now I know the reason: you can find their "Spaced out disco" on air. They have a monthly one-hour-session on the Overfitted-Disco radio stream - every first Friday of the month between 20.00 and 21.00 UTC. It's really worth to tune in. I was listening to their first hour the last Friday - and what should I say: GREAT AS USUAL!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

City Center - Profondo rosso (1984)

Strange and weird Italo-Version of the theme of the horror movie "Deep red" (Profondo rosso) that is originally featured by the italian progressive rock band "Goblin". Like it or not... I like it!!

Joe Yellow - Take my heart (1984)

ITALO rules with Joe Yellow's "Take my heart". Romantic, a little bit sad - very nice song!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

O'Gar - Playback fantasy (1984)

Moustache lovers, this here is the stereotypical idol for you! And Dr. O'Gar rocks the house as if there would be no tomorrow! TURN THE VOLUME UP!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blue Russell - I Wanna Fly Away 1984

OOohhaaar! What a great synth bassline - 100 of 100 points reached! The instrumental version beams you into the orbit, but is more than hard to get. Actually not at all.

Bizzy & Co. - Take a chance (1982)

AAWWWESOMELY WEIRD video of this HiNRG style italo track - from Italian TV! Rock it, babes!



... and here's the instrumental version for your - and my - pleasure:

Giorgio Moroder - Machines (Disconet Remix)

Awesome Disconet Remix of this track by the godfather of electro disco himself. Grab it if you get it on vinyl - it can only become more classic than it already is! ;)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Disco Dream and The Androids - Dream machine (1979)

Another dancefloor-filler is taken from the album "The Androids" and it's from 1979. WOW!!!!! What a disco-sound. No chance to stay sitting - you will have to shake you up.

Pluton & Humanoids - World invaders (1981)

Here is another ultrarare cosmic-italo-electro-bomb. You can be proud if you are the owner of the vinyl. The original from 1981 and the unofficial reissue from 2003 are always highly sought after and very hard to get.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

"Frank Tavaglione - Tumidanda (1984)" and "ZED - Plastic love (1983)"

Hello everybody. Sorry for being away for such a long time. I was quite busy and on holidays. But I was always looking for some great and ultrarare italo-stuff for you.
And what shall I say - I even found two pieces I didn't posted here before.


First one: Frank Tavaglione - Tumidanda (1984)
The vocals are kind of strange. I don't like it a lot. But the italo-sound
is great.



Second one: ZED - Plastic love (1983)
The instrumentals remember me on the German band "Kraftwerk". They did a
great job in the end-70s and the beginning 80s (for ex. "The model").
The vocals are a bit wave-influenced. Great track!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Faxe - Time for changes (1983)

Faxe's Time for Changes is another electro italo disco scorcher produced by the amazing Stefano Cundari and Alessandro Zanni, also on the latest The Robot Scientists mix for electronique.it. A wonderful track!

Caelestium - Love stars (instr.) (1983)

Calestium is one of the ultra rare electronic disco classics from 1983 that deserve to be heard, especially the instrumental version is a space and synth disco classic! It is so hard to get on vinyl, but rrrocks! Enjoy!

The Robot Scientists Mix on electronique.it



Long time no news as I was busy traveling. Check out my mates The Robot Scientists on www.electronique.it, a leading Italian electronic music website. They created an exclusive 60-minutes mix, download it from here.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Clay Pedrini - New dream (1984)

If you want to spend up to 550 US-Dollar (!!!!) you have to search for this 12-Inch record. Not only very expensive but also a very good song. Real ITALO!

Stereo - Somewhere in the night (1982)

This is italo-space-disco at its best - and as usual always hard to get. Ready to fly??

Thursday, February 26, 2009

John Carpenter - The end (1984)

This is the amazing italo disco version of the John Carpenter movie soundtrack, a real classic, performed by the German Splash Band, highly recommended!

Jamie Jupitor - Computer Power 1984

This is a highly respectable vocoder electro track from Jamie Jupitor, produced from the big Egyptian Lover. There is a re-release on vinyl from 2002, cheaper to get than the rare original. Enjoy the Computer Power!

Monday, February 23, 2009

MC 1 Memory Control 1 - Basic (1984)

An amazing classic from Francesco Boscolo and Beppe Loda as MC1, DJ of the legendary Typhoon club. The record has been re-released in 2006 by Synthonic from Italy so you might find cheap vinyl versions of it.

Cyber People - Polaris (1984)

This is another highly influential italo space disco track, the only one produced by Cyber People in 1984.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lama - Nineteen ninety three (1983)

This is the first side of the amazing Lama 12 inch from 1983, the second side, Love on the rocks, I posted before already. Listen to the lyrics and "follow the sound of the universe" - perfect italo space disco!

Friday, February 13, 2009

First "italo disco" labeled record - Flowchart - Ask the Boss

I couldn't get to sleep without researching this, I am pretty sure now the first record ever labeled "Italo-Disco" is this one:



Watch the video - it is a funk track, not a classic italo disco track. The second "italo-disco" labeled ZYX record ever was Amin Peck - Girl on me / Coda - and that definitely is italo disco! :)



Klaus Schulze - Frank Herbert 1978

This is a real new age kraut space electro monster, originally 10:47, NOT FROM THIS WORLD! I love it!

Eberhard Schoener - Why don't you answer 1978

Amazing track from the Flashback album, with Sting as vocalist!

Cosmic vs. Space vs. Italo vs. Electro Disco

I recently received some questions about the differences of cosmic disco, space disco, italo disco, electro disco, electronic disco and how I see it. I am not the guy to write Wikipedia articles about this, but I try to explain how I and my fellas, The Robot Scientists, see it.

1. "Cosmic" disco: heavily used especially on ebay to describe a certain type of records. It actually is not a real genre. It refers to the discotheque named "Cosmic" at the lake Garda in Italy where DJ Daniele Baldelli was spinning "a very diverse range of musical styles, from electro and funk to jazz fusion and Brazilian music" (wikipedia) in the 70s and 80s. Read more on wikipedia about "Cosmic Disco" .

2. "Space" disco: Wikipedia says it is a real genre, "a short-lived Euro Disco variation associated with synthesizers and science fiction themes". I don't think science fiction themes have such a big influence. Let's put it that way: with the first emerging synthesizers "for home use" in the mid 70s, artists like Klaus Schulze (1975) and Kraftwerk (1976) in Germany, Cerrone, The Rockets, Milkways, Space and The Droids in France (1977), the Universal Robot Band, Meco and Space Project in the U.S. (1977), Gino Soccio with his Kebekelekrik in Canada (1977) and Automat in Italy (1978) started to create "electronic disco" music. The one who made this sound popular was the Munich based producer Giorgio Moroder from South Tyrol in Italy, also in 1977. Space disco is an artistic, aural expression of the new computer/space flight/synthesizer age that had arrived, it is the soundtrack to the futuristic dreams of these times.

3. "Italo Disco": again, a real genre, encompassing mainly the electronic disco tracks from Italian producers from the years 1983 to 1986. The name "Italo Disco" was invented by the owner of the German label ZYX, Bernhard Mikulski, who used the term to promote his licensed versions of Italian electronic disco artists on the German market. I guess the breakthrough for the term came with this record - it became a big hit in Germany, and from then onwards, people knew what Italo Disco is and how it sounds like: Hipnosis - Pulstar.



Experts wrote a lot more about Italo Disco on wikipedia.

4. "Electro" and "Electronic" Disco: not a real genre - at least so far. Compared to classic disco music, electro(nic) disco is made with synthesizers and drum machines instead of real instruments. The first records emerged in the 70s.

So I would say that all WE love is electronic disco from 1977-1983 with a space disco touch, with lots of great tracks coming from Italy, France and the U.S.!

As European I want to state here that all these Italian, French, Canadian, U.S. American and German artists can be very proud: through their space disco and Italo disco music, they paved the way for the later on so-popular Chicago house sound - they actually were the godfather-like artists that influenced people like Derrick Carter, Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy et al! MAXIMUM RRRRRESPECT for that!

Electronic music enthusiasts around the world do realize these days how influential Italo/Space Disco artists were, just by following blogs like this and hundreds of vintage DJs that dig out old classics, re-edit them, put them into their mixes like The Robot Scientists and many others. And this is the reason why original vinyl records from these days are now more sought after - and more expensive - than ever.

And with the crash of the financial markets, the world seems to be on the verge to a new age, similar to back then, when the first space flights happened and music was played by computers for the first time...not sure, just a gut feeling...the new age 2 is coming...and futuristic electronic disco suits fine as soundtrack...although the upcoming change will not be driven by new technology...rather by human intelligence and new ways of thinking as people realize that we need this planet but the planet doesn't need us...I get too philosophical now! Time to party with some German fellas, see my next postings!