Review: It would be fair to say that great Italo-disco albums are few and far between. Ago's 1982 debut album, "For You", is undoubtedly one of the rare examples of an Italo-disco artist getting it right across an entire LP. As this timely reissue proves, the artist (and his production team) was more heavily influenced by U.S disco, boogie and early electrofunk than many of his synth-pop and new wave-loving peers, giving the set an authenticity and warm instrumental feel often lacking in similar Italian exercises. You may find the accented vocals a touch tongue-in-cheek, but the choruses are great, the instrumentation brilliant and the production spot on.
Rainbow Team - "Bite The Apple" (Massimo Berardi dub edit) (6:20)
Rainbow Team - "Bite The Apple" (4:44)
Selection - "I'm So Glad" (Ltj edit) (5:57)
Selection - "I'm So Glad" (4:13)
Review: Having sold out last year when it appeared in limited numbers on shocking red vinyl, Full Time Records' first "Fulltime Factory" EP is being reissued on regular black wax. If you missed out first time around, it's definitely worth picking up. Side A is all about Rainbow Team's sugary-sweet, string-drenched disco shuffler "Bite The Apple". As well as the original version, Full Time has treated us to a brand new deep boogie "Dub Edit" by Massimo Berardi. Turn to the flip for two versions of Selection's inspired "I'm So Glad": a loopy, gently beefed-up re-edit from LTJ and the peerless 1982 original mix, which remains one of the greatest Italian boogie tracks ever made.