THE ITALIAN RESISTANCE (Various): Music Against the Virus (Suburban Avenue 2020)

‘The Italian Resistance – music against the virus’, is a compilation whose sole purpose is to help those who need it right now. All our proceeds will therefore be donated to the Italian Red Cross, engaged in the battle against the Coronavirus, Covid19.

Italy is under the cosh at the moment. Every time it is mentioned on TV it is referred to as the ‘epi-center’ of Coronavirus in Europe. Clearly this compilation is not going to make a massive difference, but every little bit helps and, as with most benefit albums, very often the work they do to highlight a cause is as important, if not more important, than the funds raised.

So our first words are – just buy it. The money is going to a good cause.

But, for those of you that want to know what it is you are buying –

This is what old skool summer of ’88 rave music would have sounded like if today’s technology had been around then. No frills, four to the floor, repetitive beats.

It is pretty much instrumental from start to finish and is the sort of thing that was originally intended to be listened to in a field/warehouse/squat whilst enjoying some ‘disco-biscuits’. I have a lot of this sort of stuff on my shelves here at Iguana HQ and, to be honest, a lot of it isn’t the sort of thing you want to stick on in the house.

It doesn’t have the sophistication of, for instance, ‘Psy-Trance’ or the groove of ‘Deep House’ and on occasions borders on ‘Gabba’. However, this is a 21st Century take on that old school vibe and whilst it is still an acquired taste, there are quite a few grin inducing, booty shaking, toe tapping moments of pleasure. The more we listen to it, the more we are getting back into that groove.

We can think of worse ways of investing your money and your housework during lock down will fly by with this as a soundtrack.

Get it here on bandcamp. You know you want to