The rise and rise of HAAi
LA duo Classixx released their debut album, ‘Hanging Gardens’, through Innovative Leisure on May 14th. Like another popular electronic duo’s_ _most recent effort, the album is an ode to a particular era of nightlife, discotheques and AM radio-styled soft rock that constantly radiates the Los Angeles vibe. But unlike the robots, Classixx actually remembered that their album should be a lot of fun. For this Dummy list, the duo’s Michael David has run down ten of the Italo and Italo-flavoured disco records that Classixx consider their favourite.
- Loui$ – Pink Footpath
Classixx: One of my favorite songs of all time, such beautiful guitar work too.
- Maurice McGee – Do I Do
Classixx: Italo vocals are often a point of contention. They’re all weird, but some are special, while others are unbearable.
- Pineapples – Come On Closer
Classixx: The disparity between the beauty of this instrumental and the foul vocal performance is something to behold.
- Baby’s Gang – Happy Song
Classixx: Getting a choir of children to sing over a stack of jumpy synths can never be bad.
- Kano – Another Life
Classixx: Sampled to create the immense Discopolis [by Kris Menace], but the original stands up strong.
- Casco – Cybernetic Love
Classixx: Another perfect italo production, so emotive but never sappy.
- B.W.H – Stop
Classixx: Amazing propulsive bassline to play in a dance club, the tender vocal moment is what makes it.
- Change – Lover’s Holiday
Classixx: These Italian producers were obviously channelling Chic here, but this mix is a masterpiece.
- Mike Mareen – Dancing in the Dark (Galactica Remix)
Classixx: This track is actually German, but it plays perfectly with this list and of the same era.
- Gino Soccio – It’s Alright
Classixx: We play this song all the time. Soccio was Italo by way of Quebec.