Boomkat Product Review:
Dancefloor gold right here from Young Marco’s Safe Trip label, packaging ten cuts of divine, sensual Italian Dream House 89-93 in the wake of his excellent Dekmantel Selectors pack and his previous sojourns along more cosmic vectors.
A bit of a red flag on our disco radars, this portion of the worldwide house revolution has mostly evaded reissue schemes and wider appreciation when compared with, say, Japanese house or New Beat, for example, which both proliferated during the same era, respectively, and have all seen more love in recent years. However, despite constant reference from those in the know, Italian house remains a distant, exotic land to those out of the loop, which is where Young Marco really steps up to the plate with this expert overview crammed with vital, life-affirming selections.
As sophisticated as any of Soichi Terada’s early ‘90s productions, but perhaps closer to the ruggedness and soul of the original Chicago, Detroit and New York deep house sounds, the Italian Dream House sound is defined by proper, wide basslines, earthy drum machines and the sultriest vibes, bordering on pure dancefloor sex. By dint of geography, it clearly shares a lot in spirit with the decadence of Ibizan needs, too and it ain’t hard to imagine how these cooing, winking grooves would have melted all over the Gucci loafers and fresh bikini waxes at Pacha during that epoch.
There are too many highlights to mention them all, but the real standouts for us lie in Don Pablo’s deeply horny blend of Chi-acid and synth-pop in Animals Paranoia, the tanned gorgeousness of Last Rhythm’s Last Rhythm (Ambient Mix), the languorous piano house hustle of Calypso Of House (Paradise Mix) from Key Tronics Ensemble, and the lip-biting swang of Deep Choice’s Fix Of 4:38 PM, but we’re sure that selection could shift around with a few more listens.
Consider this a perfect gateway drug for your inevitable addiction to early Italian house.