Pernett ft. Lido Pimienta & Quantic - Blue Monday (I-Robots Reconstruction) by I-ROBOTS - アイ-ロボッツ published on 2012/12/12 20:51:29 +0000 Artist: Various Artists Title: I-Robots Present: We Are Opilec…! Vol. II Label: Opilec Music Release: 4th March 2013 Cat. No.: OPCM LTD CD 005 Format: Limited Edition Triple Art C.D. / Digital Italy’s Opilec Music looks towards the second installment of its ‘We Are Opilec…!’ compilation featuring exclusive material from electronic music legends and young talents alike and backed up with a bonus disc of reworks, reedits & remixes from label boss I-Robots… Opilec Music is the brainchild of Italian DJ/Producer Gianluca Pandullo AKA I-Robots. The Turin based label boss has been embedded in electronic music for the best part of 30 years, living through the cities hedonistic Cosmic & Disco days, the early influx of Chicago House and Detroit Techno and everything that has come since. The label reflects this varied influence with an eclectic approach to releasing music that has little regard for genre, showcasing everything from Disco to Techno, via House, Electro, Cosmic and Electronica. February 2012 saw Opilec Music release a critically acclaimed compilation called ‘We Are Opilec…!’ featuring music from a host of artists, now the imprint is back with a second installment that sees Pandullo reach out to his many friends within the industry to compile a stunning album featuring 3 discs of audio delights. Disc One sees the album dive into deep, Cosmic & Italo Disco territory and who better to kick things off than the godfather of Cosmic Italian Disco Daniele Baldelli. Baldelli teams up with Marco Diognigi for the superb ‘Imago’ which very much sets the tone for the disc, a disc which features spaced out contributions from the likes of The Stupid Set remixed by Flavio Vecchi, Klein & M.B.O.’s rework of The Units, Crowdpleaser, Irregular Disco Workers and I-Robots. From the looped hypnotic tones of Irregular Disco Workers’ ‘Viaggio Nel Corpo Umano’ through the tape delay excellence of Mushrooms Projects’s ‘Odyssey I’ and on to Schaltkreis Wassermann ‘Psychotron’ remixed by Dynamicron there is not a dull moment on the whole discs. A true CD highlight is perhaps the stunning I-Robots reworking of ‘New Dream’ by cult Italo Disco producer Clay Pedrini, the original being one of the most sorteed after records on its original Sensation Records pressing. Disc Two moves into Techno territory with an excellent Electronic selection that features in demand producers such as Virgo 4, Eduardo De La Calle, Santonio Echols, James Kumo & Federico Gandin alongside legendary veterans like Jordan Fields and Claudio Coccoluto. The aforementioned Fields provides a superb old school cut in the shape of ‘The Rhythm of Romance’, a track lifted from an unreleased tape dating back to the late 80’s, whilst Chicago’s Virgo 4 shows his appreciation for the highly influential 1982 Klein & M.B.O. record ‘Dirty Talk’, delivering a cover of the Italo Disco record that helped shaped the sound of Chicago House. There is real depth and variety to this selection, running from intense warehouse style cuts to deep and dubby Techno reflecting once again the label’s eclectic attitude. Finally we have a Bonus Disc featuring exclusive reworked material from I-Robots in the shape of a stunning remix/re-edit selection that sees I-Robots reach out to the likes of Derrick May & Mathias Schaffhäuser and rework some truly outstanding music. Classics from the likes Rhythim Is Rhythim rub shoulders with cover versions of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ by Colombian revelations Pernett/Lido Pimienta & Quantic and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ by Fanatico (Mathias Schaffhäuser/Jorge Socarràs) for a genuinely unique and uplifting musical experience. Makossa & Megablast add another album highpoint as I-Robots take on a reconstruction of their superb ‘Shalo Baby ft OG Spiritual Godess’. To compliment the musical experience Opilec Music have once again extended their perfectionist approach to the packaging which will see a hand made package designed by Italian designer Eva-Style as well as the artwork by Edo and Japanese painter Tamami Saito. ‘We Are Opilec…! Vol. II’ is a genuinely insightful music experience and a testament to the creative work of label boss Gianluca ‘I-Robots’ Pandullo, who conceived the project as with a ‘No Sound is Too Taboo’ ethos, making an LP that is a breath of fresh air.