“While pulling all-nighters in the Italian club scene along the Adriatic coast throughout the early 80’s, Blondo Connolly always had Giorgio Moroder firmly in his sight, Patrick Cowley in his tape deck and the obligatory comb in his pants pocket. Through legendary sets at Mon Amour, Altromondo or Coconut, he became a celebrated regional icon, for whom international breakthrough was always less important than simply using his sound to bring rapt faces and open hearts to collective ecstasy on the dancefloor. With his tracks between new wave, balearic Italo disco and dreamy synths, he set the course for the upcoming summer of love and the club music of decades to come, thereby playing his way into the hearts of all those for whom disco, grand emotions and progressive club sound opened the door to a whole new form of escapist club experience in which one could lose oneself completely. The Lost Rimini tapes prove once again that, Blondo is a musical genius who has never received the recognition he clearly deserved. He also turns out to be an early adopter of the TB-303, which is embedded so nonchalantly into these soulful arrangements that one can legitimately ask the question, whether we may have just made all this up and, in the end, this eclectic EP may simply be the product of the secret Italo-passion of an old Broque companion. Anyway, all of that doesn’t really matter as long as the Lost Rimini tapes celebrate the legend of Blondo Connolly and the early Italo sound of the 80s so empathetically that we want to jump right into our gleamy Golf convertible and drive towards a gorgeous Italian sunset.”
“This Various Artist LP is a best of the tracks we received this year and published on the channel. In one year we received more than 3000 demos, uploaded more than a 100 tracks (premieres & free downloads), selected les than 10 for our next releases.”
“Each December we release a compilation that reflects the current year and looks ahead to the next. It’s a mix of tracks where artists complement each other and where we feature some of their strongest work. It can be seen as a proud collection of tracks that defines the Atomnation sound.”
“On this release, probably the best of all our remixes: ‘Mania de Você’ by Rita Lee, nicknamed ‘Água na Boca’ (Mouthwatered), a work upon de subtleties of the original track to blossom its Disco rhythm. ‘For The Sake Of Love’ by Claudja Barry, aka ‘Luv Luv Luv’, made us break a sweat to achieve a 7min slow burner from a 3min original track. Track 3, the cover of ‘Lose Yourself to Dance’ from Daft Punk made by Madblush, accompanied by our favorite Rhodes timbres. Last but not least, ‘Legacy’ by Cairo Braga, the track that has been getting new meaning since the decision to dissolve the J4ck Sh4rk duo, an appropriation of its text in the process of ending a relationship, the belief in forever, the prayer for it was not all in vain, where each one of us leaves all we know, all we like and we hope you like it too.”
“Now reaping in what they have been sowing in the previous years, a selection of tracks that shows their work in the studio. Like how ‘Within You Without You’ pays homage to break beats and acid sounds and ‘Losing My Religion’ shows full control in a re-imagined pool side relaxing disco track.”
“GPHG005 sees Group Hug shot-caller Attack Yourself! finally step up for his own release on the label with Hug Life, a 90s Chicago house throwback with bumping 909 drums and playful, jazzy loops.
On remix duties is Lancashire’s Verlenen (aka Simba) who takes the track up a notch with a relentless pounding groove and some quirky added samples. Like Moodymann if he ate too much Haribo.”
“After the longest hangover ever, due to too much birthday partying all over the place (Leaving Santiago, Going to Milano, Flying to Chicago, Then Back Santiago) we are back (never sick of that) to drop some – last minute – summer hits, considering that Mexican Monkey didn’t make it to number one yet.
Its another debut on Upitup: Corporate Control is about to takeover the remaining (and best) days of your summer. Ten Dry Nails is the official soundtrack for melting cars on a highway traffic jam. Driven mainly by genuine creativity and spontaneus, lo-fi attitude, here’s a blend of silky housey chords, colourful melodies, cheap out-of-tune synths and shitty 96 kbps Linndrums. Moving between 80’s garage house, sub-par disco and cheesy synthpop Ten Dry Nails is a highly enjoyable and solid work of simple, honest and raw excellence! A heavy set of mindmelting hits, cleverly carved from tape hiss, and topped with bitter sweet melodies and deep beats. Download and enjoy what Corporate Control just cooked for you, another instant classic upitup release.”