Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I-Robots : Italo Electro Disco Underground Classics
Charlie, "Spacer Woman (vocal)" (YSI link)
Klein and MBO, "Wonderfull (instrumental)" (YSI link)
I've really been feeling the Italodisco lately, and it's probably because of all of the great compilations that have surfaced really. It's nice to see that some labels are taking advantage of the newfound attention on this ignored genre to get then music out there.
I-Robots: Italo Electro Disco Underground Classics is one of the best comps I've seen so far, 13 songs, all from the actual early 80s, the classic 1982-84 period. It's released by IRMA Records, making this an actual Italian release as opposed to another American record nerd compiling a few thousand miles and years after the fact. I've chosen the opening track, Charlie's "Spacer Woman," as it's one of my favorite songs I've heard from this genre. Oh shit, this is a real good.
The other mp3 is the last one on the album, Klein & MBO's "Wonderfull," my favorite instrumental of the bunch. My main complaint with this CD is that it relies too much on instrumental tracks, which makes a harder listen. Despite that, this is a great opportunity to have a guide into a little-known music. Buy it here and let us know what you think.
-Discobelle is putting up their favorite singles of the past year for the entire month of December as part of an mp3 Xmas.
-Gabe Kapler retires from baseball, lowering the Jewish ballplayer count goes down by one. Pound for Pound wishes him well in his quest to be a big league manager.
-Allen Iverson is still a Sixer, although he doesn't seem to have any connection to the team anymore. The latest gossip has a few teams dropping out of contention to trade for him, as well as a few trades that AI nixed. I'm gonna agree with Bill Simmons for once and say that Iverson is a steal for a team. In fact, I agree with every single point he makes, as Iverson still has so much to offer, the rare draw in sports with his play, hustle and mystique. It's a shame that Billy King fucked this team up so bad and that Iverson can't end his career in Philly. A real shame.