“Italo Holiday, vol. 1” was such a phenomenal success and garnered so much attention (and sales) that the folks at Beach Club Records decided to whisk us away on another frenetic fun-filled romantic dance music holiday. So if you did not get a chance to go on holiday with Beach Club Records earlier in the year you’ve another chance with “Italo Holiday, vol 2 (Summer Edition)”.
If you missed “Italo Holiday, vol 1” you missed a good time. As if to illustrate how good the last holiday was, in the track "Holiday" by Casanova, she reminisces about the last holiday spent with her lover and the fun filled sun drenched days of of frollicking in the sea sand and surf and romantically clinched in sultry tropical nights. She cannot get those exciting days and nights out of her mind and wants to re-experience the Italo heat. She has waited months to go on holiday again in hopes of meeting that man again and rekindling what they experienced on the last holiday. “Italo Holiday, vol 2” does indeed rekindle the hot electronic Italo excitement of volume1.
Acts returning from the last Italo Holiday are Ranger, Alan Brando, Boris Zhivago, Aldo Lesina, and Tommy Sun. New Italo Holiday electronica pleasure seekers are Emy Care, Limelight, Boy Blue, Marco Polo, Cybermatic, Casanova, and Casarano featuring Elise Dean.
Casarano featuring Elise Dean's "Fairy Tale (In My Heart)" starts hard and pumping but morphs into a soothing electronic lullaby. By contrast Emy Care's "Once In A Lifetime" starts out like a soothing music box melody then becomes a throbbing pounding electronic maelstrom. It is currently burning up dance floors as it is shoots up Europe's dance music charts.
"Together" by Aldo Lesina beats your brain to pulp with metronome precision. The techno keyboard wizardry of "Tears" fall like droplets of liquid electricity as Boy Blue’s electronically modified vocals sing of seeing the vibrant electric colours of a rainbow in his girl’s weeping tears; it's wonderful. The intro of Boris Zhivago's "Russian Girl" had me visualizing the Russian military proudly parading through Red Square, marching in time to the 116 bpm of heavenly Italo.
What really stood out for me in “Italo Holiday, vol 2” is the number of acts that channeled the work of husband and wife team Denis and Denyse LePage, better known as the 1980's Italo/hi-NRG icons Lime. Limelight's (notice the band's name nod to Lime) "Forever Love" is the best song Lime never made; it reminds me of Lime's 80's hi-NRG hit "Unexpected Lovers." Continuing on with the Lime influence are Marco Polo's "Don’t Stop" with its sizzling mix of 80's hi-NRG and 90s eurodance, "Breaking My Heart" by Ranger is splendid and the captivating electronically effervescent break is awesome, and Alan Brando's "Heartbeat" which has the Lime sound down to a science with those incredible Italo "whoa oh oh" vocals.
The rocket ignition sequence of Cybermatic's "Alien Invasion" is AWESOME. Many songs have done launch pad countdowns, but this is really well done, it’s not at all kitschy; it’s a wonderful and excellent display of spacesynth. Also the song makes me question mathematics being the language of the universe. I mean, what if an alien race came to Earth and used the pulsing beats and electricity of Italo music as their method of communication.....hmmmm, that's something to think about.
His previous releases were "Dancer" "Lover Boy,” and “Magic Carillon;” I loved them all. Now add "No More In Love" to my list of favorite Tommy Sun tunes as it is packed with hard hitting, bombastic danceable electronics. Tommy Sun’s is a precautionary tale. He remind you that going on holiday is fun and exciting but sometimes you must beware holiday love affairs as your new found romantic dream come true lover can turn into a nightmare of lies manipulations and deception, so be careful.
You've heard the term "Smooth Jazz,” well Ken Martina the producer of of all the tracks on “Italo Holiday, vol 2” produces “Smooth Italo.” Mr. Martina’s production is not overpowering, it’s a crisp clean clear and smooth production technique that’s allows the artist’s personality and message to shine through the perfectly executed melodic engaging and sizzling electrified dance sounds.
Alas summer is gone, but that doesn't mean you can't go on holiday. One can take an Italo Holiday be it summer winter spring or fall, just pick up a copy of “Italo Holiday, vol 2 (Summer Edition),” stick it in your favorite piece of music delivering technology, then just kick back and let the pulse pounding Italo disco music take you away on a blissful holiday. Also if you missed the earlier Beach Club Record's holiday cruise pick up “Italo Holiday, vol1,” why don’t you. Enjoy your (musical) trip.
© 2013 Rix Roundtree-Harrison
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