PITS018 - Egotrya - Four Elements

One of the founding godfathers of Italo disco Beppe Loda comes to prominence once again with a brand new album of instrumental synth loveliness under his Egotrya guise. The album harks back to the heavy influence of 80's prog rock on the Cosmic Disco scene. Tracks like 'Landscape' utilise strong synth motifs and experimental melodic touches, brought into the 21st century with crisp production. Imagine Rustie vs. Vangelis and you're somewhere close.

'Typhoon' is an all-out synth bonanza with chugging basslines and steay disco beats. 'Volcano' - written and produced with Francesco Boscolo - is a prime slice of Italo glamour that'll have the nu-disco pups reaching for the stars. 'Cave' builds on the glacial sci-fi atmospheres whilst 'Wind (Stella Vocal)' drives hard with it's mesmerizing groove. 'Open Air' provides meditative, crystalline relief before 'Rare Earth' propels the album forward with hollowed-out tom patterns and rapid synth switch-ups.

The album comes to a close with the motoric 'Underwater', a manic, soaring piece of music paired with the trickling sounds and long modulated synth bows of 'Water Games' to finish.



01) Landscape
02) Typhoon
03) Volcano (Intro)
04) Volcano (Drums Version)
05) Cave
06) Wind (Stella Vocal)
07) Open Air
08) Rare Earth
09) Underwater
10) Water Games

Release Date: 19 November 2012


PIAS Warehouse Fire

Our thoughts go out to the employees of our distributor Pias. The warehouse holding all the stock for many great independent labels was burnt down on Monday evening, the result being that all the stock held there has been lost.

Please bare with us if you are ordering from our website, we may not be able to fulfil your order as our stock levels in the office aren't massive.


PITS017 - Hideousmen - Tangled & Sirens

Some of you may have noticed that we took a bit of a sabbatical from P.I.T.S. towers last year. We had some shit to do, but in between sitting around in our pants reading Kierkgaard and watching Homes Under the Hammer re-runs, we did manage to put together a slightly random compilation, 'Fuck Dance Lets Art', featuring a bunch of cool, (mainly new) American music we like.

One of the stronger tracks off there was Hideous Mens, 'Tangled" an ethereal, dubbed out song from a Denver duo who sound like something from the 4AD vaults of the future. Along with a new song of theirs, Sirens, a similarly atmospheric, but more slo-mo 4/4 pulser, and remixes from Polish bass-head Sekta, and Rodion, purveyor of discerning Italo-Noir, People in the Sky is opening it's 2011 account in style with the 4 track 'Tangled EP'.

You can see the Tangled video here:

Check out more about the band here



1) Tangled
2) Tangled (Sekta Remix)
3) Sirens
4) Sirens (Rodion Mix)

Release Date: 9 May 2011


PITS015 - Various Artists - You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Avant Pop

From Dada to Disco, the commodification and recuperation of all popular culture has been accelerated via ever faster means of communication until we reached this point, the edge of no return.

The musical avant garde, armed with cheap electronics and half forgotten dreams, fights on sporadically. Fresh battlelines are drawn in the subcultural sand, but from 20 jazz funk greats to Reg n’ Fearn in a fortnight, things move fast. Fires are quickly doused , and it’s back to Saturday repeats of Come Dine with me as the hacienda crumbles around us.

So now we seek to join the urgent struggle to transform our sick, commodity-infested workaday culture into a more sensual, trippy, exotic and networked Avant Pop experience. and it is in this spirit that People in The Sky presents 'And You Will Know Us'.

Proceedings open with young WARP star Bibio’s genre defying reworking of Wax Stag’s 'Folk Rock', an avant-audio manifesto in three parts. Things move swiftly on to the shimmering, leftfield cosmic antics of Colouring In’s 'Intergalactic Romantic', like Arthur Russell gusseted up and gazing up at the stars whilst lying in a London gutter.

New York art troopers Telepathe manage the unlikely feat of combining stuttering, grimey rhythms, shoegazey atmospherics and one of their trademark songs without losing sight of their pop goals. Moscow dreamers Oko fuse East European melancholia with electronic disco for 'Can't You See'.

Mysterious Swiss experimentalist Ghostape explores his inner Maps with a towering slab of mantra driven, organic sounding midi manipulation, before later teaming up with Ste for one of our personal album highlights 'Many Stars'.

People in the Sky mainstays Plugs and Friendly Fires contribute three tracks : Plugs’ original slo mo afro-acid anthem 'That Number' as hook laden as ever, and Nightmoves’ mix of the Fires 'On Board' still bringing the funk with the best of them. Unreleased PLugs jewel 'Downtown' works slivers of Gnarls Barkely-esque pop glory into a 3min bed of Aphex like abstraction.

Then we briefly embrace our glorious past futures as The Bolton Todcaster, on secondment from Post War Years, adds a Bowiesque vocal to Brighton duo Foto’s early 80’s style NY machine funk stomper 'She Will Break You.'

Time and Space Machine’s 'Children of the Sun' would probably have last sounded avant garde at the UFO club in 1967, but we couldn’t resist Richard Norris’ psyche-pop energy . Newcomer Pharo Black Magic’s mix of Ecce’s 'Control' rolls alongs on a burbling electronic groove.

Finally, bringing proceedings to a fitting close with a powerful pointer towards a brighter future, 18 yr old Venezuelan Nuuro soars and swoops armed only with cracked vocoder software and a chestful of teenage desire, kissing the sky somewhere above Fuckbuttons, the Field and Ferry Corsten. The fightback begins here.



1) Wax Stag - Folk Rock (Bibio Remix)
2) Colouring In - Intergalactic Romantic (Radio Edit)
3) Telepathe - Chromes On It
4) Plugs - That Number (Video Edit)
5) Architeq - Sleeping Bear Lament (James Pants Remix)
6) Oko - Can't You See
7) Nightwaves - She's Electric (Vega Italo Dub)
8) Ghostape - Many Stars (Ste Mix)
9) The Time and Space Machine - Children of the Sun
10) Friendly Fires - On Board (Nightmoves Remix)
11) Plugs - Downtown
12) Ecce - Control (Pharao Black Magic Mix)
13) Ghostape - In Your Eyes (Remin Remix)
14) Foto & The Bolton Tadcaster - Love Will Break Her
15) Nuuro - Avila


* Tracks 11 & 13 have been incorrectly labeled on the CD. Release Date: 16 November 2009


PITS013 - Nightwaves - She's Electric

We went to Lost Angeles once, a lifetime ago. We stayed in a hotel on Rodeo drive that had an astroturf pool area and was surrounded by huge, gleaming luxury brand stores. We drank fancy juices, hired a car to go rubbernecking around the Hollywood Hills, and then left.

Josh Legg and Kyle Petersen are from LA, and as Nightwaves they make music that seems to peer back at an eighties version of the city, refracted through fading neon lights and scratched aviator shades.

Their debut single 'She's Electric' starts with a burbling arpeggio and squelchy bassline before the mesmeric vocal drifts in and leads the track smoothly through melancholic verses and quietly exultant choruses, and back again. The crunchy, live sounding drums that lope in half way through help give the whole thing a slow, but chugging 110bpm dancefloor appeal, and like so much good music around at the moment, we're not sure if Nightwaves are an electronic act, an indie band, or bit of both; but we know this is one of the better songs we've heard in while.

Alternative mixes come from Vega who vocodes the vocal and rolls the bassline for a crafted, Italo flavoured work out.

Dissident bod Spacelex keeps the vocal whole but works it across a sparse, moody backing , and tops it off with deep pads for an atmospheric outing.

Finally House of Nada ramp up the tempo's and introduce a banging piano riff all in the name of mindless boogie.



1) She's Electric (Original)
2) She's Electric (Spacelex Nachtflug Remix)
3) She's Electric (House Of Nada Mix)
4. She's Electric (Vega Italo Dub)


Release Date: 7 September 2009


PITS012 - Various Artists - Disco Kosmische Vol. 1

People in The Sky began three years ago in the back of a short lived record shop in East London. We'd come across a young band from St Albans who didn’t have any songs, or a name or anything, but were obviously the future. So we grabbed a Section 25 album off the wall, named them Friendly Fires and set up a label to put out their records.

We lost the band to The Man after a couple of EPs, and lost the shop to the whims of fortune, but armed with a few beaten up disco 12’s and our ears still ringing from a farewell Test Icicles in-store, we teetered off in search of new beginnings and a life for the People In the Sky.

Twelve releases and two years later and it feels like the musical landscape is changing as the heat around disco starts to bleed into dark corners of the indie underworld, and brave new hybrids start to emerge, skirting around the fringes of post punk, white boy funk, Kraut cosmonica and disco's inbuilt hedonism.

And so with the help of some choice cuts from sister labels we work with (Tirk / Bearfunk / Output) and the odd outside source (the brilliant Italians do It Better, Norways irrepressible Smalltown Supersound, Londons' 'This is Not an Exit'), we’ve put on our DJs in the Sky lab coats, called in our old pal Abe–le–Ton, and strung together a 69 minute mix custom built for indie disco’s, cosmic jams and sofa sojourns.

It starts with the timeless Italo of Tantra's 1981 classic 'A Place Called Tantra', moves confidently through the strutting disco-rave of Mock and Toof's mix of Friendly Fires' 'Photobooth' , sashays through Forty Thieves 2008 vocal classic 'Don't Turn Me On', and then drifts off into space via John Daly’s mix of Beppe Loda's 'Egotrya' / the Diaphanoids 'Weightless Motionless' and Holy Ghosts’s anthemic mix of They Came from the Stars 'Moonsong'…

See ! as it swoops back to earth with the deep disco-froideur of Chromatics 'After Dark', struts around Lindstroms’ Botswana Bedouin, and then straps on the floor burners with Optimo's mix of Colder and Metal on Metal’s take on Wax Stags epic 'Short Road', before closing out with Heartbreaks' sizzling electro-disco rework of Plugs 'Bodyheat', and finally, the Diaphanoids glorious slo-mo, lazer guided rejig of Snorkels 'Dust to Dust'.

Seventeen tracks in total - lots of space, lots of songs, lots of grooves, and hopefully something a bit different for burn out new ravers, disco freaks and indie refugees alike.

1) Tantra - A Place Called Tarot (Idjut Boys Re-Edit)
2) Friendly Fires - Photobooth (Mock & Toof Mix)
3) Morten Sorenson - Cyclick
4) 40 Thieves - Don't Turn It Off
5) Egotrya - Volcano (John Daly Version)
6a) Serge Santiago - Atto D'Amore (Original)
6b)Plugs - That Number(accappella)
7) They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost! Remix)
8) The Diaphanoids - Weightlessmotionless
9) Chromatics - Hands In The Dark
10) Ghostape - Allez Allez (Screen Tests Mix)
11) Lindstrom - Botswana Beduin
12) Chaz Jankel - Get Yourself Together (Hercules & Love Affair House Mix)
13) Hedford Vachal - Alan Vs. Gary
14) Colder - To The Music (Optimo Espacio Take Two Mix)
15) Wax Stag - Short Road (Metal On Metal Remix)
16) Plugs - Body Heat (Heartbreak Remix)
17) Snorkel - As The Dust Settles (The Diaphanoids Remix)

Release Date: 22 June 2009


PITS011 - Beppe Loda Presents: Egotrya

History is always written by the victors, and when it came to the disco wars on the Italo frontline of the late 70's / 80's, it was the purveyors of dodgy hi energy and soulless pop who eventually came out on top, with the early 90's excesses of Stock, Aitken and Waterman perhaps the final, life sapping embodiment of the death of Moroder and co's original machine funk dreams .

But with the real history of Italo disco starting to unfurl again over the last few years as restless young heads dig ever deeper into the vaults, forgotten heroes such as Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda have been getting the attention they long deserved.

Their shared love of everything from Afro Rhythms to the European avantgarde is finally getting recognition as the original, multicultural, polyrhythmic foundation upon which Italo disco was originally built, bound eventually for inevitable degradation and collapse under the strain of relentless over-commercialisation.

Having begun djing in Brescia aged 16, Loda was resident at Gambara's soon to be legendary Typhoon club from 1980 until the club closed in the same year at the Paradise Garage, a year before acid house "officially began", in 1987.

Over the last few years, Beppe's name has walked out of the history books and back into nightclubs and record collections as Scandinavian nu disco playas in particular started paying respect, with his DJs sets and "Typhoon Edits" series popping up all over the European underground and beyond.

We've licensed one of Beppe's 1984 productions, Egotrya's 'Volcano' last year , and he's since turned in a fat, synth driven, drama - filled rework that sounds as if it came from some past future, maybe booming out of a souped up Delorean.

We also got Irish deep space explorer John Daly to take up the controls, and got back a sublime slab of rolling, cosmic dub disco.

To round the package off, Belgian duo Revolving Eyes have upped the tempo with a driving Italo bassline and long intro, not necessarily in that order, but a nice compliment to Daly's slo mo grooves.

For all of you interested, you can download a 1985 'live from Typhoon 'mix of Loda's from our Exploding Art blog.

Love and Peace and Disco, People in the Sky

 
1. Volcano (John Daly Version)
2. Volcano(The Revolving Eyes 10000 Lightyears Disco Mix)
3. Volcano (Original)
4. Wind (Beppe Loda Version)

Release Date: 02 Feb 2009


PITS010 - Ghostape - Many Stars EP
To finish off what has been a good year for us on paper, (as we watched our favourite sons Friendly Fires fly off to XL sponsored glory, and the mighty Plugs and Wax Stag keeping the PITS flag flying) we’re pleased to end on a high, with the debut ep from Ghostape.

Although, it's been kind of complicated dealing with Swiss producer Gabs, AKA Ghostape, over the last year or so. He speaks about three languages, we speak at least, uh, one, it’s just that none of them were shared tongues. So we'd send him an e-mail asking where the masters were or something and he'd be like, "Thanks, yes, it's great. Let's do it. Whooooop - Gabs ;-)".

And so another few months would drift by and not much would happen. But eventually things started to fall into place. 'After After' got finished, with it's motorik rhythm and electronic bass pulse throbbing away under Gab's picking guitars, mad yelps and shamanic whispers.

'Many Stars' started to shine. Its simple, haunting song and longing chords given some electronic fizz by Gabs and his friend Plastique De Rêve. 'Allez Allez' turned up: an alt. disco slow burner that emerged from a collaboration with French producer Screen Tests, and rightly lead track here.

The Marco Tulio Thrash mix of 'Many Stars' came late, opening up with a trippy organ riff and a sparse machine rhythm, before slowly morphing into something that sounds like Adonis trapped in a lift with Metro Area, whilst Martin Hannett pushed the buttons. The STE mix of 'Many Stars' came last and was big and broken beat and glitchy and widescreen.

We've seen pictures of Ghostape’s one man live show with Gabs clutching a mike, surrounded by boxes and wires. And the photos look how Ghostape sounds to us: otherworldly and electronic, but also organic and very real. We'd like to make an album with him. But with our inter-communicational skills as they are, it could take some time.

 
1. Allez Allez (Screen Tests Mix)
2. After After (Original)
3. Many Stars (Original)
4. Many Stars (STE Remix)
5. Many Stars (Marco Tulio Thrash Remix)
6. Many Stars (Plastique du Rêve)

Release Date: 08 Dec 2008


PITS009 - Wax Stag - Wax Stag

Disco Kosmische Volume 1 : Rel: 22.06.09 (People in the Sky) People in The Sky began three years ago in the back of a short lived record shop in East London. We'd come across a young band from St Albans who didn’t have any songs, or a name or anything, but were obviously the future. So we grabbed a Section 25 album off the wall, named them Friendly Fires and set up a label to put out their records. We lost the band to The Man after a couple of EPs, and lost the shop to the whims of fortune, but armed with a few beaten up disco 12’s and our ears still ringing from a farewell Test Icicles in-store, we teetered off in search of new beginnings and a life for the People In the Sky. Twelve releases and two years later and it feels like the musical landscape is changing as the heat around disco starts to bleed into dark corners of the indie underworld, and brave new hybrids start to emerge, skirting around the fringes of post punk, white boy funk, Kraut cosmonica and disco's inbuilt hedonism. And so with the help of some choice cuts from sister labels we work with (Tirk / Bearfunk / Output) and the odd outside source (the brilliant Italians do It Better, Norways irrepressible Smalltown Supersound, Londons' 'This is Not an Exit'), we’ve put on our DJs in the Sky lab coats, called in our old pal Abe–le–Ton, and strung together a 69 minute mix custom built for indie disco’s, cosmic jams and sofa sojourns. It starts with the timeless Italo of Tantra's 1981 classic 'A Place Called Tantra', moves confidently through the strutting disco-rave of Mock and Toof's mix of Friendly Fires' 'Photobooth' , sashays through Forty Thieves 2008 vocal classic 'Don't Turn Me On', and then drifts off into space via John Daly’s mix of Beppe Loda's 'Egotrya' / the Diaphanoids 'Weightless Motionless' and Holy Ghosts’s anthemic mix of They Came from the Stars 'Moonsong'… See ! as it swoops back to earth with the deep disco-froideur of Chromatics 'After Dark', struts around Lindstroms’ Botswana Bedouin, and then straps on the floor burners with Optimo's mix of Colder and Metal on Metal’s take on Wax Stags epic 'Short Road', before closing out with Heartbreaks' sizzling electro-disco rework of Plugs 'Bodyheat', and finally, the Diaphanoids glorious slo-mo, lazer guided rejig of Snorkels 'Dust to Dust'. Seventeen tracks in total - lots of space, lots of songs, lots of grooves, and hopefully something a bit different for burn out new ravers, disco freaks and indie refugees alike. Released: 22.06.09 – People in the Sky for further info: jerry@ingrooves.com

Hot Chip described Short Road as "an emotional and exhuberant electronic fanfare", and that works across the board for this, the debut album from one of the more interesting musicians to have emerged from the brave new world of indie/dance in the last couple of years.

01 Short Road
02 And How
03 Folk Rock
04 Descant
05 Gold Gold
06 Fantasy Gay
07 Mirror Lantern
08 Glenferrie
09 The Wash
10 Leith
11 George White
12 Sson


Release Date: 29 September 2008