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.
Electric Mind - "Summing Up" (Massimo Beradi rework) (5:53)
Maurice McGee - "Styx" (DJ Rocca 808 edit) (6:24)
Orlando Johnson - "Turn The Music On" (Re Tide remix) (6:53)
Review: More from re-launched Italo-disco era label Full Time Records, who here present four fresh reworks of tracks from the vaults. G.A.M.M-signed scalpel hero Moplen steps up first to deliver a fine dubbed-out re-edit of Boeing's slap bass-propelled electrofunk classic "Dance To The Beat", before Massimo Beradi adds a little subtle, mid-tempo house flavour to Electric Mind's lesser-celebrated 1982 Italo-disco jam "Summing Up". DJ Rocca opens side B in some style, hammering away at a TR-808 drum machine while giving Maurice McGee's 1984 cut "Styx" an altogether deeper vibe. Meanwhile, Re-Tide turn Orlando Johnson's Paradise Garage favourite "Turn The Music On" into a muscular chunk of bass-propelled boogie-house badness.
Review: It's fair to say that Maurice's McGee's "Do I Do" is something of an Italo-disco classic. It was initially released back in 1983 on Full Time Records, and featured the man himself - seemingly an invented alias for a local Genova singer recruited by the prolific Studio G production team - telling a tale of missed parties and late night opportunities over a backing track that sits somewhere between the all-arpeggio grooves of Italian disco and the slick, synth-heavy warmth of '83 New York boogie. On this timely reissue, the extended vocal version (remastered to sound extra loud) is accompanied by the arguably superior Instrumental take, which wisely highlights clipped disco guitars and the superb, synth-heavy groove.