Have you been watching the Google I/O Keynote speech? Unless you’re a big old nerd like us, probably not watching a live stream of a developer conference. But if you have, you’d have seen the demonstration of Racer, a cross platform Chrome experiment. A slot racing game with an interesting soundtrack, it’s scored by Italo Disco legend. Mr. Giorgio Moroder.
Racer, named after the game itself, is a pounding SynthWave stormer. Loaded with hard hitting basslines and warbling leads. A driving force that lives up to it’s title, Racer is a high octane collision of euphoric leads and growling bass accompanied by melodic vocoding. Written for a racing game, the track has all the energy and excitement to keep the mood going. (Also, yes we’re using out favourite Moroder picture again, ‘cos it’s amazing).
As to be expected, Flemming’s mix is a masterclass in solid Italo Disco. A futuristic electronic soundscape build on a foundation of BladeRunner arpeggios and Sci-Fi synths. With hints of Kraftwerk and Industrial percussion, Flemming creates an urban-dystopia mood of their ‘77 classic, juxtaposing the dark future groove with shining, optimistic leads. Robotic boogie at it’s best.
We dropped Aeroplane’s reMix of our second favourite Giorgio Moroder song, From Here To Eternity (MB Disco having already released a reMix package of our favourite, E=mc², great minds an all…), last week. Now the single is out in the wild take a listen to the released other killer tune, a reworking of the song from Belgium’s finest ATTAR!.
ATTAR!’s take on the tune is pretty different from Vito’s. Vintage analog Disco abounds, slickly combined with a summery Tropical vibe. The track is actually a big of a schizophrenic beast, at times the Island percussion and chimed lead are total sunshine Indie-Electro, and at other times these big SynthWave chords power in morphing the tune into a dark Electro growler, and then there’s moments of pure House. Maybe in lesser hands this would have been a confused mess, but the many facets of the track are so skilfully handled by ATTAR! that strange bedfellows sound perfectly suited to one another. Just wait for the soaring solo to kick in. ATTAR! has done an amazing job here, creating a reMix both danceable and rousing. And, yes, it’s that picture of Moroder again, what?
♫ Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity (ATTAR! reMix)
Giorgio Moroder Vs. MB Disco: From Here To Eternity is out now.
So first MB Disco take my favourite Giorgio Moroder track, E=mc², and release a bunch of rad reMixes of it. Then, when they decide to go for round two, they pick my second favourite Moroder track, which is 1977’s From Here To Eternity as the subject of this new reMix collection. Not only that, but alongside the likes of ATTAR!, Compuphonic and Fusty Delights there’s an Aeroplane reMix! What more could I ask for?
Vito drops something really special here, It’s like two generation of Disco geniuses, a meeting of minds. Punchy, infectious bass, Aeroplane’s take on Moroder style arpeggio Disco and a percussion fuelled beat give Moroder’s hushed robotic vocals a new lease of life. In 1977 this was the future, now, in 2012, Aeroplane is making sure the track is still just as cosmic and Sci-Fi as it ever was. Amazing work. And, yes, we always use the same picture of Giorgio, because it;s amazing!
♫ Giorgio Moroder – From Here To Eternity (Aeroplane reMix)
Giorgio Moroder Vs. MB Disco: From Here To Eternity is released 10th November.
‘E=mc²’ is my favourite Giorgio Moroder track, so it was with great interest that I approached Sweedish Disco label MB Disco’s new collection of reMixes of the track. They released a ton of reMixes in the package and invited some legendary figures in Italo and Cosmic Disco to take part.
To run down some of the stand out versions let’s start with L.I.S., who turn in a deep analog Disco track, all rounded bouncy bass and sparse arpeggios. using similar instrumentation to Moroder let’s L.I.S capture a similar mood but with a much updated sound. Gomma’s Rodion drops a RoboDisco version of the track next which is almost exactly what I had in my head that this release would contain before I listened to it. Frantic, slightly retro, synthetic Disco that layers upon the original, making it more complex and full with an Italo twang. Speaking of Italo, legends of the genre Klein & MBO deliver an unsurprisingly ‘80’s mix, raw 909 beats and Italo basslines are in order here that stays true enough to the original but adds an eighties euro dancefloor feel that could have easily seen it as a 12” release from the early ‘80’s. The release is also graced by Electro pioneer Alexander Robotnick who’s dark vocoding and Kraftwerk-on-steroids electronics create a completely different track, more of a homage to Moroder. Alongside theses tracks, you’ll find on the record work from Dionigi, I-Robots and Daniele Baldelli.
♫ Giorgio Moroder – E=mc² (L.I.S. Rework)
♫ Giorgio Moroder – E=mc² (Rodion Gran Manigheo reMix)
♫ Giorgio Moroder – E=mc² (No More Klein & MBO reMix)
♫ Giorgio Moroder – E=mc² (Alexander Robotnick reMix)
‘E=mc² – The Italian Connection’ reMix collection is out now.
The Black Strobe man Arnaud Rebotini has just dropped this impressive cover of Donna Summer’s (well, Giorgio Moroder’s really) ‘I Feel Love’.
It’s an epic eight minutes of analog synth awesomeness. Everything from the drums to the instantly recognisable arpeggio is pitch perfect. This is no mere carbon copy, Rebotini makes it very much his own handling the vocals with use of a vocoder, but the vocals take a back seat throughout much of the track, the focus being more on a Rebotini knob twiddling Disco workout.
In honour of the return of Battlestar Galactica to our screens for it’s final run (absolutley badass episode BTW!), let us celebrate with Giorgio Moroder‘s 1978 disco version of the Original series’ theme tune. That fanfare brings a smile to my face every time, even if it is awash with glitterball strings!
As well as Giorgio’s disco touch this track also features Harold Faltermeyer, of ‘Axel F’ fame, rockin’ the Moog!