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VA - Italo House [Compiled by Joey Negro] (2014)

Electronic, Pop | Author: artmuss | 19-05-2014, 19:56
VA - Italo House [Compiled by Joey Negro] (2014)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Joey Negro - Italo House
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Z Records / ZEDDCD031
Genre: Nu-Disco, Funky House
Total Time: 2:19:47
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 1.01 gb

There's a reason Dave Lee aka Joey Negro puts his name to so many aliases and compilations; it's because he brandishes an encyclopaedic knowledge of disco, boogie, house, Go Go, funk and plenty more besides. As you might have guessed from the title of this compilation on his own Z Records label, the latest focus of his attentions is Italo House, more specifically the ear in Italian dance music when trace influences from the scenes in 1980s England, Chicago and New York coalesced to form a sound that was entirely it's own. Typically for a Joey Negro compilation, this double disc sets presents a deeper insight into what the movement was like with some twenty four tracks of underground Italian house which has never been given the retrospective treatment it deserves. Until now that is!

"The late 80s were undoubtedly a golden era for dance music. A time which saw the birth of many genres and sub genres - from acid house to hardcore to Balearic - and of course Italo house. If you ask Jo Raver to name an Italo house track, they'd probably come back with Blackbox, Jinny, Fiddlefatti or one of many big piano tunes. At the same time there was another equally distinctive sound coming out of Italy - a warmer, deeper, more emotional style which didn't yield any commercial hits. The sound was more jazzy and soulful with syncopated percussion, dreamy pads and, though piano was often used, it wasn't in the obviously programmed, big breakdown style which became a cliché of the Italo house genre. This more underground side of Italo was closer to the original American house sound, but still retained a very European flavour. In common with other Z compilations which have featured Brit-funk and go-go, this album was an important release for me. Important because I love a lot of the records, many of which have been largely forgotten about, but also because there really was a unique sound coming out of Italy, spread across many labels and involving numerous producers. As a result, it has never really been fully showcased like this before. I'm glad this album exists for other people to discover or re-discover the deeper side of Italo house." - Joey Negro (Feb 2014)


CD One
1 Don Carlos – Alone (Paradise Version)
2 Paradise Orchestra – Satisfy Your Dreams (Club Mix)
3 Double Dealers feat. Opi Williams – My Love (Club Version)
4 Korda – Move Your Body (To The Sound) (Club Mix)
5 Omniverse – Never Get Enough (Sunday Morning Mix)
6 Jestofunk – I’m Gonna Love You (Club Mix)
7 Montego Bay – Everything (S-Tone Mix)
8 D-Rail – Bring It On Down (Dub)
9 Shafty – Deep Inside (Soul Trance Mix)
10 Steve Banzara – Black (Jaco Version)
11 Nexy Lanton – You Too (Atmosphere Version)
12 Mr Marvin – Entity (Jazzy)

CD Two
1 Aural – Desire (Martini Club Mix)
2 Arkanoid - Alpha Centauri (Extended Remix)
3 Key Tronics Ensemble – House of Calypso
4 M.C.J feat. Sima – Sexitivity (Club Mix)
5 Lipstick Traces – I Want You (Claim Mix)
6 DJ Le Roy feat. Bocachica - Yo Te Quiero (Detroit Version)
7 Latin Blood – Deseo (Salsa Club Mix)
8 Soft House Company – What You Need (Original Mix)
9 Centric House – Alright Alright (Seaside Mix)
10 Love Quartet – Kiss Me (Don’t Be Afraid)
11 Funkmaster Sweat – House of Latin
12 Carol Bailey – Understand Me (Dreams Piano Remix)

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