Since 2006, listeners have been curious about the origin of our label name Italians Do It Better. Some say it’s an homage to Italo Disco, others guess it’s related to ancestry, but in fact it’s a nod to the iconic T-shirt Madonna wears in the “Papa Don’t Preach” video circa 1986.
Fast forward to a world pandemic last year… To encourage creativity & lift spirits, Italians Do It Better President, Megan Louise asked every artist “If you could cover your favorite Madonna song…What would it be?”
As a tribute to their label muse & the impact Madonna’s music has had on the world around us, Italians Do It Better are sharing a compilation of covers simply titled “Italians Do It Better” on Madonna’s birthday, August 16, 2021. One of the tracks (“Lucky Star” by Club Intl) is even produced by Max Kamins, the son of Mark Kamins, the New York DJ who helped break Madonna in the early 1980’s. From the experience he says “Dance music was the soundtrack of my early childhood. Working on “Lucky Star” reconnected me not only to my father, but also reminded me that a good song is timeless”.
Executive produced by Johnny Jewel, the compilation is a passport to 20 covers from the bedrooms of 19 artists across 10 different countries.
Get into the groove…
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1. Joon – Papa Don’t Preach
2. Desire – Angel
3. Sally Shapiro – Holiday
4. Dlina Volny – Hollywood
5. Farah – Gang Bang
6. MOTHERMARY – Like A Virgin
7. Club Intl – Lucky Star
8. Love Object – Frozen
9. Orion – Into The Groove
10. Number One Popstar – Hung Up
11. Double Mixte – La Isla Bonita
12. Juno Francis – Beautiful Stranger
13. Glüme – Material Girl
14. In Mirrors – Addicted To Your Love
15. Causeway – Crazy For You
16. Jorja Chalmers – Justify My Love
17. MOTHERMARY – Like A Prayer
18. Pink Gloves – What It Feels Like For A Girl
19. Lou Rebecca – Burning Up
20. Bark Bark Disco – Borderline
Hot on the heels of After Dark 3 coming out last week, Desire shares the video for “Boy”, their take on Book Of Love’s 1986 outsider anthem. Directed by Johnny Jewel, Megan Louise stars in one continuous shot alongside dreamy animations from Rome’s very own Robotina.
Amour Records brings together the crème-de-la-crème of Greek producers, singers, songwriters, and musicians in a brand new portfolio: Grecospectiva.
Starting off with the beloved 90s, 14 artists join forces in this compilation, the very first of the series, transforming songs that influenced them the most.
Eskimo artist, Icelandic producer Hermigervill, just unleashed a cosmic disco version of the Game of Thrones theme. Free download above.
Unreleased Chromatics Cover Of Hole’s “Petals” For The Ending Scene Of “The Perfection”.
This new release with Berlin based singer May is the latest addition in the collaboration series on Robot Koch`s Label Trees and Cyborgs.
May met Producer Robot Koch already in 2012 in Berlin. They co-wrote a few songs together and then kept in touch after Koch relocated to LA in 2013. It wasn`t until 2017 that they got back together in the studio and recorded new material. Gold is the first song they wrote in 4 years.
Recorded at the Red Bull Studio in Berlin, the music for Gold was composed by Robot Koch and his frequent collaborator Julien Marchal. May`s fragile and yet present voice adds her own unique magic to the song.
Another Highlight of the EP is the stripped down cover version of the Moderat Song „Bad Kingdom“. Koch knows the Moderat guys since the early 2000`s now, has released on their Monkeytown Label and supported them live in the US. It was with their blessing that he and May made this heartfelt version of their biggest song as part of this EP.
Berlin based artist Parra for Cuva`s Remix for Gold could easily go between tracks by Bonobo or Kiasmos in a DJ Set, while Natureboy Flako shows that his influences go as wide as Vangelis and Dilla on his cinematic flip of the original.
Released January 18, 2018.
Polychrome release their lyrical cover version of the Stranger Things theme, ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ on exciting new indie label Hilo Lohi on 10th November 2017, with accompanying original song ‘The Call’ released on 29th December.
This is probably your first shoe-ward gaze at East London’s Polychrome. Unless you’ve come across their nostalgic, sega-tronic dream-pop track Final Kiss which featured on fashion brand La Mania’s campaign across Europe, and lead to further syncs with Vogue and Audi, giving the band an underground following in Europe.
The group is a coming together of the musical minds of Victoria Harrison from Victoria and Jacob, Oliver Price from Bronze Medallists, and long-time Lamb and Lou Rhodes collaborator/guitarist William Burnett. They met in the achingly hip Dalston where the beards are thick and the electro-shoe gaze is, well, way better than Foster the People…
As fans of the Synthwave soundtrack of Drive, Polychrome were naturally enthralled to hear the theme music for the Netflix original series Stranger Things. After binge watching the series in-between recording sessions, on one particularly stormy night whilst mixing the album, they got offered some down-time in the studio, and recorded their own lyrical adaptation of the Stranger Things Theme, in homage to the original.
The track combines dusty analogue synths with Victoria’s breathy, airy vocals and Oliver’s vocoded voice. Spookily, after they finished tracking the last vocal, a mysterious power failure shut down the studio! Luckily iCloud is immune to the upside-down and saved the day.
Forthcoming original track, The Call is a washed-out explosion of euphoria that showcases Polychrome’s depth of artistry. It fizzes along with some of their trademark pitched vocal hooks, recorded using a purple 1950’s harmonica microphone found in a car boot sale in Salem!
A remix by Simon Loulourgas, which exposes the song’s darker side, completes the cluster of releases, and precedes their self titled debut album which they are currently mastering and is slated for release on Hilo Lohi in the new year. For more bleached–out synths and soaring melodies, watch this shoe!
Catch Polychrome live on 6th December @ The Old Queens Head, London and look out for more dates in the new year!