As I-Robots launches a new compilation series that celebrates the roots and influences of Italo disco in Turin and the Piedmont region, the Opilec Music boss also offers up various singles from it with some special remixes and edits. After an EP from Johnson Righeira last summer comes the latest one featuring the legendary Captain Torkive and two of his tracks as well as some special versions by I-Robots.
Captain Torkive is Daniele Torchio, an Italian artist active in the late seventies & early eighties who got his nickname from a love of UFOs and space, in fact the titles here are inspired by the Superman DC Comics classic.
He has worked with the likes of Valero Liboni and all the material here is officially licensed from Ponzo Records master tapes. His tracks here are some of the most rare 7" Italo space disco tunes from Turin's rich history and feature synthesizers and electronic effects that he made himself, as well as guitars and keys he also played.
Up first comes the I-Robots 1979 Reconstruction of Flying Saucers To Krypton which marries both tunes into a lush retro space odyssey that shimmers and rockets through the cosmos with live drums and jangling bass.
Rounding off the A side is 1979 original version of Krypton' which is just as dazzling and spaced out with layers of synths and arps all sounding squelchy beneath some robot vocals.
Kicking off the B side is the I-Robots 1979 Space Reconstruction of Flying Saucers To Krypton that strips some of the layers and keeps one lead synth line and some ascending spaceship sounds, as well as a lovably loose groove that really stomps along with real character.
Last but not least is the original 1979 version of Flying Saucers, a cosmic tune with sci-fi sounds and melodies shooting about above big disco grooves with the keys and synths that carries you away to another galaxy.
This is another essential package from Opliec Music that shines a light on an artist and era that deserves all the attention it can get.
a1. Flying Saucers To Krypton - (I-Robots 1979 Extended Reconstruction)
a2. Krypton - (1979 Original Version)
b1. Flying Saucers To Krypton - (I-Robots 1979 Space Reconstruction)
b2. Flying Saucers - (1979 Original Version)
Release Date: 7th November
Opilec Music is proud to bring you the first ever remix album of San Francisco's cult synthesizer-punk legends, The UNITS! One of America's first synthesizer bands and pioneers of a genre now known as synthpunk, The Units were notable for their use of synthesizers in place of guitars, and multimedia performances featuring multiple projections of satirical, instructional films critical of conformity and consumerism... predating MTV and 25 years before the birth of YouTube!
This is a definitive collection of over 24 of the band's original songs written between 1977 and 1984 and remixed for the dance floor in 2010 by a renowned and international cast of over 40 DJs, producers and bands active in the contemporary club scene.
This project celebrates the futuristic Units along with the innovative DJs that first played them.
Like COSMIC DISCO pioneer Daniele Baldelli, who remixed early 7" Units records "live" on the dance floor as early as 1979, ELECTRO ITALO DISCO pioneers and contemporaries of The Units, like Klein & M.B.O., N.O.I.A. and Alexander Robotnick, along with Nu-Disco and contemporary club scene trend setters like Gianluca Pandullo of I-Robots and Nemesi …
All of whom did remixes for this project!
Tracks include remixes/reworks of The Units most sought-after early singles and selections from their first LP, Digital Stimulation, along with remixes culled from The Units early demos, recordings made for art happenings, film, and more.
This remix album is a view into The Units' seminal years, as well as a tribute to the early DJs and Clubs that played their records in creative ways … giving you a glimpse into how the innovative music that ended up on the dance floor was often an unintentional collaboration between DJs and bands, inspiring each other and cheering each other on. "CONNECTIONS" is a collaborative step from the past & present … into the viral remix culture of the future of electronic music and videos ... and the fantastic clubs they are played in.
Units songs that are remixed/reworked include High Pressure Days, Warm Moving Bodies, I-Night, Cannibals, The Right Man, Go, Zombo, I-5, East West, Run, Red, Bird River, Bug Boy, More Alike, That Funky Thang, We Need a Doctor's Son, Passion of Patterns, One Man, Life is Good Now, Moving Bodies, Contemporary Emotions, Tight Fit, Cowboy, Straight Lines and more...
a1. High Pressure Days (1979 I-Robots Reconstruction)
a2. Contemporary Emotions (Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Cosmic Rework)
a3. Moving Bodies (Alexander Robotnick Rework)
b1. Tight Fit (Klein & M.B.O. Remix)
b2. Red (The Love Supreme Club Version Remix)
Having never been released before on vinyl these tracks show their unique style, and their ability to be reworked into a modern sound.
1980's GoGoGo by the Swiss electronic pioneers Schaltkreis Wassermann is taken from the classic Psychotron album produced by PJ & Stella (R.I.P) Wassermann, which has recently been re-released by private records Germany.
Daniele Baldelli was the first true pioneer of Electronic Krautrock that was huge on the Italo scene. In the early eighties he was the resident DJ at the famous Cosmic Club.
Psychotron was a regular on the dancefloor, hence Baldelli & Dionigi
selecting GoGoGo to rework.
The Units were one of America’s first synthesizer bands playing and recording together in the late seventies and early eighties. They were renowned for their use of synthesizers replacing traditional guitars, and pioneering a genre now known as synthpunk. Paving the way for much of what has led to come in electronic music.
The Right Man comes from the Connections project a definitive collection of over twenty four of the band’s songs written between 1977 and 1984. It was remixed and brought up to date in 2011 by a renowned and international cast of over forty DJs, producers, and bands at the heart of the contemporary club scene. This project celebrates the futuristic Units along with the DJ's that first played them, offering a glimpse into how the innovative music that ended up on the dance floor was often an unintentional collaboration between DJs and bands.
This cult and pioneering track was found on a 1981 C90 tape in the vaults of Susanna Massaia, a close friend and fan of the man who made it, namely the legendary Johnson. He is the original solo songwriter of the tune and its great chorus of Vamos a la playa, oh, oh, oh. He recorded it with the mighty Monuments band at TKS studio and years after he formed Righeira (aka the duo of Johnson and Michael), the track was produced with la Bionda and went on to sell more than three million copies. Thus making it a classic hit in the worldwide disco scene.
Hearing this track in its early original form is a real landmark moment that takes us back to the hugely influential Turin scene of the eighties and re-writes the history of early Italo. In its original form ‘Vamos A La Playa’ is a dark and broody disco beat with tight drums and hits, robotic dehumanised vocals, and futuristic synths that formed a clear blueprint for years to come in dance music.
Contemporary stars Baldelli & Dionigi then step up to produce some fantastic new versions. The first is a cosmic remake that updates the track for modern tastes with hard hitting drums and stiff percussion that really demands you dance. The I-Robots add a subtle touch with their edit which is very direct.
Imago was previously released on the V.A. - I-Robots present: We re Opilec... Vol. II compilation that sees the album dive into deep, Cosmic & Italo Nu Disco territory. Who better to kick things off than the Godfather of Cosmic Italian Disco Daniele Baldelli. He teams up with Marco Diognigi for the superb Imago which very much sets the tone for the whole release.
a1. Schaltkreis Wassermann - GoGoGo (Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Rework)
a2. Johnson Righeira - Vamos A La Playa (Baldelli & Dionigi Cosmic Remake - I-Robots Edit)
b1. Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi - Imago
b2. The Units - The Right Man (Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Remix)