Sep
15
2017
0

Crush

Borderline cheesy vocal Abba-esque English disco production, only released in Italy in 1981.
But where the dirt is, flowers blossom…..and African Dance is a nice little gem that really has it all! I use to play it slowed down, as here presented, to turn it into a disco monstah.

Crush – African Dance

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Mar
05
2017
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Capisco

Mina – Capisco

In the beginning, I love Mina because Pino Presti (LOVE!) wrote many songs to her. As I kept collecting Mina’s records, I came to know that Mina has many good Disco songs. “Capisco” is included in her LP “Kyrie” and EP “Buonanotte, Buonanotte”. Mina is popular even in Japan. But her late 70s and 80s works is not more popular than her 60s works. “Capisco” is written by Massimiliano Pani, who is a son of Mina and film actor Corrado Pani. I am addicted to this sticky beat.

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Jan
28
2017
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Special Love

Piero Soffici is an Italian composer and arranger.

He is known as a saxophonist.

He has a long musical carrier.

This was made in Disco era.

Piero Soffici – Special Love

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Dec
19
2016
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Sonny and the Babysitter

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Another incarnation of Renato Ulvioni, under his Leroy Vohn moniker, this time in 1977 as Sonny and the Babysitter, a project featuring also colleague Leezy Lazz AKA Loreno Lazzarini.

One of those classical case of disco-era releases sporting a totally weird, funny and random / politically uncorrect cover.

Result would have fitted perfectly in an italian b-movie to me, as, yes! it’s a guy with a mullet and big ‘taches looking at you and you know what that look stands for……….

Sonny and the babysitter – Easy construction

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Nov
20
2016
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Maravilhar

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Irmaos do mundo – maravilhar

Italian latin style disco from the album Papagaio Amarelo. Made sometime in the 70s.

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Oct
20
2016
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Claudio Villa

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Possibly the only disco LP italian singer Claudio Villa ever released. Published in 1977, arranged by maestro Vittorio Bacchetta aka Victor Bach (monikers: Bach Gammon’s Easy, Fafe Ya, A&B Corporation), it’s an underrated hybrid between canzone napoletana, disco, and big band. Only apparently an attempt to capitalize on the disco fashion of the time, features the English standard Donkey Serenade in an exciting disco Neapolitized cover.

Claudio Villa – Serenata Del Somarello (The Donkey Serenade)

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Sep
13
2016
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The 80s

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The 80s

The 80s were about wearing black on black, not exhanging bodily fluids, forgetting about New York and flying to London instead. Grace Jones and Pedro Almodóvar made immense impact. The best fonts were by Neville Brody, seen in magazines like Face and the Arena. From France, Philippe Starck emerged as the new designer god. Communism fell, MTV was born and there was famine in Ethiopia. Nights were spent on watching horror movies in cinemas and ultraviolent Hong Kong gangster films on vhs but people still danced on weekends. Computers took over. Anything else…no, that’s pretty much it.

The sounds? Here’s some of the right stuff in a mix.

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Aug
18
2016
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Cosa non farei

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You can only hope one hit wonder Francesco Sartini showed up at his date with this wonderful Moto Guzzi 254 from late ’70s, around the time the track itself was produced.

Francesco Sartini – Cosa non farei

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May
24
2016
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Pagurus

Marina di Carrara
1976 is the year i was born. During that summer Italy was already invaded by a countless number of disco tunes. Some went mainstream, others are now forgotten, and are being slowly rediscovered. It was also a period when the boom of local or clandestine radio stations was at its glorious beginning. We have to thanks these small, often improvised activities, if some local or less famous disco records arrived to our days, resurfacing as cult items. In fact it was more usual that this kind of tunes were played where there was not a sort of market to follow, but only the taste of a DJ, or radio host. This was probably the case of a record i discovered one month ago. I was in my hometown, Carrara, and there was a small flea-market. Not a lot of interesting things in it, but i noticed a small desk crammed with posters and old records. Many were 7″, and some quite obscure. Not a lot of disco, but i found 9 records which satisfied my research. Asking to the seller where he had found all these rare stuff, he said me he acquired the entire stock of an old local radio station. Among the records i found there was one which by now is not yet on Discogs website. It is a 7″, with track Amor Amor Amor by Andy Morgan on A-side, a very cheesy cover of Rod McKuen classic, and one called Pagurus, by Hermit Bernard Band, on B-side. Label is Rifi, and year of release is 1976. Ah, cult composer Enrico Intra is behind this last track. This is the one i will let you listen now. So, just go back to Carrara in 1976, and discover what a local radio host could’ve made my fellow citizens listening in the summer of 1976 (in the picture, a late 60s postcard of Carrara beachfront, with a dancing on the left).

 

Hermit Bernard Band – Pagurus

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Feb
17
2016
0

Do you dance

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Mauro Santoro – Do you dance

Weird Italian misfit from ’79. This is one of the tracks i still can’t figure out if i love or hate. Well, i let you be the judge of that.

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Jan
20
2016
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Annamaria Rizzoli

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Showgirl Anna Maria Rizzoli had a massive exposure in the 70s due to her “ultimate bimbo babeness” status. One of the undisputed queens of italian commedia sexy, and three times cover girl of the italian “Playboy” edition, she retired to private life during the early 80s. “Tu solo tu” is a 1979 monster sleazebag produced by Andrea Lo Vecchio, among the most prolific italian songwriters and arrangers, and was probably made to capitalize on her appearance on the Sanremo festival that same year. Check out the demented choruses and the off-keybubbling synths: absolutely delicious!

Anna Maria Rizzoli – Tu solo tu

Jan
08
2016
0

Love in Naples

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I have just come back from two days around the Naples area. I had not really the time to do some crate digging also because , as every time i go there, i was enchanted by the maze of narrow streets and ancient buildings of the old town. I have, however, promised to return soon, and devote only looking for some disco rarities produced in the Neapolitan area. Inspired by this recent trip, i fished from my collection of vinyls, a piece from the musical “Musikiller “, which was staged in Rome in 1982, directed by Sandro Pochini and interpreted by Gli Immorali (The Immorals) company. The musical was recorded by the Rome based Pinciana Record label, specialized in stage soundtracks, under the group name Complesso Strumentale Nova Vera. Tracks vary from jazz to samba to funk-disco. This one is sung in Neapolitan dialect, and titled “Ma l’Ammore”; the text would say that only in Naples they are good in making love…well i hope not only in Naples to tell the truth!

 

Complesso Strumentale Nova Vera – Ma l’Ammore

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Oct
16
2015
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QUATTRO LUNE

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“I’ d like to go to another planet, which i might live long enough to accomplish. Just get on a spaceship and go. But not the moon. I don’t see any flowers there. The moon is too close. I want to go further.” Shirley MacLaine

Track is “Quattro Lune” (literally “Four Moons”), by Antonella Forte, A-side of a 7″ issued in 1981 by italian label Drums Edizioni Musicali. Lyrics are a funny mix of glamourness and fascination with space. Lipstick on, look at the mirror, and transfer your body in space dust.

Antonella Forte – Quattro Lune

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Sep
11
2015
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Katty Line – Adriano

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Take your Fiorucci t-shirt, and come with me, we will do a nice tour of Milan. I have a special time machine that can take us back to 1980, and i assure i know where to bring you… Such exotic places as Primadonna, No Ties and La Nuova Idea are the best gay clubs in town; fashion is not yet the first  business here, but people love to party in the craziest and sometimes home-made attires. Leather men, punks, “Fioruccini” types create a wonderful mix, especially at La Nuova Idea, where often “luna park-style” disco pumps from the speakers. Now the French chanteuse Katty Line is singing her new disco hit Adriano, written and produced in Italy by Phil Sun (name under which hides the great Miro/Mario Baldoni). It’s only midnight, time machine will wait us outside. NOW DANCE!

Track is side-a of a 7″ issued in 1980 by Radio Records. Side-b is  Viens track, a bit slower, but nice too.

Katty Line – Adriano

 

 

 

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Sep
09
2015
0

Rocky’s Filj ‎– Astrocar

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Fast Italian pop rock track dated 1979, by the progressive rock group Rocky’s Filj, which had its name derived from the singer Rocky Rossi. This single was a come back attempt by the group, after some years of stop, due to the detention of one of the members for driving without licence. The label is Shirak, same of some Italian disco classics as Love Filters LP by Chrissy G., and 7″ with Got To Be and Too Many Lovers by Ben Norman, among others.

 

Rocky’s Filj ‎– Astrocar

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Jul
15
2015
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Ricordi

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Staying on the Napoli theme, which is undoubtedly one of Italy’s music capitals, with a hugely influential disco production during the 70s.
You can easily understand why, if listening to Feliciano’s “Ricordi”. A total disco monster that has always a place in my bag as a regular spin: fast-paced drums, plus a heavenly string arrangement, with the cherry on top of squeaking synthesizers, all made in 1978 as a flipside of a cheap ballad. Nothing in the market today reaches the height of such tracks in terms of …….everything! “Ricordi” means “Memories”….and the singer goes “no, no don’t tell me who you are…I already know what you want…Memories”.

Feliciano – Ricordi

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Jun
08
2015
0

(I Like) Sado-Music

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Sandy Samuel – (I like) Sado-Music

I didn’t even know it was a genre. But now that i know, i like it too!
Sandy Samuel kicks off a terrifying groovy track with an insisting chanting of how much she likes to whip the shit out of you. The drumming is also kind of fascinating. Don’t know if the drummer didn’t wanted a click to play along or maybe he just thought tightness was overrated. In that case i agree (on this tune anyway). You can hear the full version on my latest mix

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Mar
03
2015
0

Andromeda

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We are proud to announce the vinyl repress of a track that Overfitting Disco presented here exclusively for your listening pleasure since its very initial discovery in 2008: Andromeda.

One of the biggest disco unearthings of the latest years, italocarlito tells us a bit of story about it.

Q: Tell us more about the story of Andromeda.

A: I found this record in 2006, quickly overlooked it and left it there lying around until 2009, when I started playing it in my gigs around Europe. I distinctly remember playing it one of the very first times at Albion’s Camp Cosmic and the audience was shocked, with many coming to the dj booth to ask what this tune sung in italian was. The track was originally published on the small “Papaya” label in Italy in 1981 and of the 500 7″s originally pressed, most got unsold and sent back to the label to be stocked, where – due to complaints regarding sound quality of the pressing – they ended up being destroyed. Then I decided out of the blue I wanted to (try) repressing it, but it wasn’t an option for me to just make a repress out of a vinyl rip, as much as high-quality that could be. Ends up it took close to five years to track down the rights owner and obtain the license for a legit pressing. Surprisingly, when all hopes were lost, also the 24 tracks analog mastertape was found and dubbed electronically with the latest technology. But that was a complicated stage, too, as the tape suffered the “sticky shed syndrome” and had to be cleaned and treated in order to be digitized.

Q: Why a 12″ and which tracks contains?

A: The 12″ offers more grooves space, and I could have the chance to work with the best Italian artisans: Cesare Marchesini did the delicate tape transfer stage and lacquer artisan Roberto Barbolini did a very special lacquer as the durations allowed to make a 22 and 1/2 mastering one, which is the top level. Senio Corbini at Narada Studio was my Pro Tools wizard doing the magic in the studio with the tracks.
There was no original 7″ mixdown in the tape, so I chose to just present the original version culled from the 7″ as a historical document, plus two new versions: a slightly extended one that respectfully maintains all the original mixdown choices, but revealing the violin parts, previously unhearable in the 45.  So, the 12″ contains an extended version,  the og 7″ version as well as a remix by italian legend DJ Beppe Loda, who loved the track and embarked very happily in this project.  He worked “Andromeda” in his “afro-electronic” taste, that we all know through his mythical “Afro” tapes serie and his productions under the monikers Egotrya and MC1.

Q: Tell us about the famous sample you can hear in the track

A: When we opened the tracks in the studio for the first time, it was hearable someone just recorded the first two bars from the vinyl and made a tape loop out of it. Incredibly, and this is one of the strongest peculiarities of such track, it turns into something completely different and has a value of its own, possibly becoming the definitive version everybody would have wanted to play out back the days: a relentless space disco-ish track, with dreamy lyrics talking about a creature called Andromeda, coming from a galaxy far far away.

Q: Who is Andromeda?

A: Andromeda is the singer of the track, but it’s not the author of the track. I know her name through the author, but this part of the story will be told in the documentary that I’m trying to have produced.

Q: A documentary?

A: Yes, on the italian overlooked disco scene of the 70s. Back in the days these disco tracks suffered the stigma of being pure-entertainment ones VS politically engaged ones. This heritage – once considered garbage – is now a major goldmine of obscure gems and – as similarly as happens with the tracks posted on this blog – resurfaces thanks to the hard diggin’ work of passionate DJs, trying to educate a newer audience to “odd” disco tracks which have nothing less in quality to mainstream disco productions. On the contrary, it’s a very interesting display of the super-experimental work of independent authors trying to make themselves themselves known in previously corporate-ruled field of business.

Q: Any other releases on “Disco Segreta” soon?

A: Yes, stay tuned!

“Andromeda” is out on a limited numbered vinyl edition of 500 copies, sold on discosegreta.it. Pre-sales started February 28th, official release date will be April, 30th.

“Andromeda” original version will be on rotation *exclusively* on Overfitting Disco 24/7 radio until its official release.

Andromeda (Respectful extended)

Andromeda (Beppe Loda remix)

Feb
20
2015
0

Love Dawn

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In the age of compulsive happiness it’s sometimes strangely liberating to loath in melancholia. Browsing for surreal art photos and listening to sad keys. Naturally it’s liberating only if you also have a chance to choose the walks in the sun, hear the birds sing and talk endlessly with your friends. Music and lyrics: Sivy Foster, Italy, 1980. Image: Claude Cahun, France, late 1920s.

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Feb
16
2015
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Enrico Intra

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Enrico Intra – Badaduba

Enrico Intra – Starbus

From the Momento Intra LP from Italy ’78. A true disco masterpiece. If you’re into strings, synth wobbling space sounds, groovy repetitions and perfectly orchestrated arrangements, this record belongs in your shelf.

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