v/a - stranger in a strange land, special agent man, i c love affair, a tour in italy - italian records - vinylEXITM 375 - 63519 - uk12' - €9.99
Genre: Disco - Italo
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EP featuring four killer Italo classics from cult new wave label Italian Records. All from 1983, these tracks highlight the label’s successful move into the burgeoning Italo-disco sound with three of the cuts mixed by legendary producer Tony Carrasco (part of seminal Italo outfit Klein & MBO) who tweaked the bands’ post-punk electronic songs into epic disco/proto-house tinged soundscapes.
Side A kicks off with N.O.I.A.’s rare Italo monster ‘Stranger In a Strange Land’. The Club Mix featured here was supplied by Mr Carrasco and has a strong early house flavour.
Next up is the first offering from Italian synth-pop group Gaznevada - the hard-to-find Female Version of Special Agent Man, another Tony Carrasco mix.
Side B opens with another Gaznevada track ‘I.C. Love Affair’. A favourite of Ron Hardy, this is an Italo tour de force with proper sleazy bass, soaring female vocals and a house-sounding intro. Last comes the sought-after Dub version of Band Aid’s ‘A Tour In Italy’, an example of the genre with a spacey summery tropical feel built up through layers of echoing synths, funky bass, brass stabs and cool kalimba action .