Boomkat Product Review:
Dancefloor gold right here from Young Marco’s Safe Trip label, packaging a 2nd volume of eleven prime examples divine, sensual Italian Dream House 89-93 in the wake of his excellent Dekmantel Selectors pack and 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.
We actually recognise a name from this pack, Rome’s Leo Anibaldi, who contributes the rare AF bliss of Elements from his debut 12”, Italian House, and among a heavy number of highlights such as Morenas’ elegant suspension system Somnambulism, the lushest acid ambient dimensions of Now Now Now’s Problems (Abyss Version), and the masterful downstroke of ll Sole (The Sun) (Deep Mix) from Q-Base, or The Sky’s chromatic rainbow, Dreams (Club Version).
Again, consider the next step in developing an inevitable addiction to early Italian house.