DATE: May 15th, 2013
After a long wait, Italians Do It Better’s second compilation “After Dark 2″ finally drops this Friday. Until then, here’s another track from the release, Mirage’s nine-plus-minute late-night jam “Let’s Kiss”. Grab it for free below, and take a ride.
DATE: December 3rd, 2012
Here’s a superb new mixtape for autumn from Chromatics’ Johnny Jewel of Italians Do It Better. It also includes Chromatics and Glass Candy covering New Order’s “Ceremony”. “It’s the end of Autumn, & all of the Reds, Greens, & Yellows have disintegrated into Black & White. Everything is buried by the snow…Perfect weather for locking yourself in the studio with a synthesizer & your favorite records…I put together a collage of songs that, for one reason or another…always remind me of Autumn”, he says. You can grab it below.
01. Zazou Bikaye Cy1 – Lamuka (Johnny Jewel Edit)
02. Symmetry – The Fading Faces
03. Xeno & Oaklander – Nuit
04. John Carpenter & Alan Howarth – The President Is Gone
05. Desire – Dans Mes Reves (Test Pressing)
06. Twisted Wires – One Night At The Raw Deal 12″
07. Chromatics feat. Ida No On Lead Guitar – Ceremony (16 Track Demo)
08. Glass Candy – Stars and Houses (Feeling Without Touching 12″)
09. Kraftwerk – It’s More Fun yo Compute (Symmetry Edit)
10. His Name Is Alive – Home Is In Your Head
11. Bill Conti – Alone in the Ring
12. His Name Is Alive – As We Could Ever
13. Blonde Redhead – Boy Girl
14. Nico – Afraid
DATE: November 5th, 2012
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Johnny Jewel has put together a great mixtape, entitled “Running From The Sun”, with unreleased material from the sessions for Chromatics’ recent EP “Kill For Love”. In his own words: “Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m. After hours of tracking at the studio in Montreal, we’d clear the channels on the mixer, open a bottle of wine, & feel around in the dark…working our way through the atmospheric elements & peeling back layers of rhythm…throwing the songs into the abstract pile & playing them while driving home in the snow.” This is a lullaby for you…
1. Dreaming In Color
2. Red Car
3. Kill For Love
4. Last Wish
5. Running From The Sun
7. These Streets Will Never Look The Same
8. Blue Moon
DATE: October 10th, 2012
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“After Dark 2″ is “finally right around the corner”. Ahead of its upcoming release on the ever-excellent Italians Do It Better, Johnny Jewel is giving away a remastered version of the original 2007 compilation, containing “77 minutes of analog electronic music mutating through Italo Disco, Krautrock, Electro, Giallo Cinema, & Pop”. Download the fully remastered version of the first “After Dark” below. Timeless.
Glass Candy / Rolling Down The Hills (3:32)
Chromatics / Hands In The Dark (4:48)
Mirage / Last Nite A Dj Saved My Life (6:42)
Mirage / Lady Operator (5:37)
Glass Candy / Computer Love (5:37)
Professor Genius / La Grotta (6:33)
Chromatics / Killing Spree (1:19)
Farah / Law Of Life (7:28)
Chromatics / In The City (7:09)
Glass Candy / Miss Broadway (6:46)
Featuring Nat Walker / Saxophone & Eyvind Kang / Strings
Mirage / Lake Of Dreams (9:26)
Farah / Dancing Girls (5:36)
Glass Candy / The Chameleon (4:55)
Professor Genius / Pegaso (2:44)
DATE: September 24th, 2012
“Let’s Kiss”, a Sunday morning mix from Italians Do It Better’s boss Johnny Jewel, which sounds perfect for any time of the week. You can now download a non interview version of the mix with six additional tracks below. It also features an unreleased cover of Sonic Youth’s “Shadow Of A Doubt” from Johnny Jewel’s side project, Farah. Excellent stuff!
01. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train
02. Symmetry – Over The Edge
03. Tim Thaler – Das Boot
04. Nico – My Funny Valentine
05. Symmetry – Jackie’s Eyes
06. Trisomie 21 – Coming From Darkness
07. Farah – Shadow Of A Doubt (Sonic Youth cover)
08. Symmetry – Bloodsport
09. Krzysztof Komeda – Rosemary’s Baby (Piano Theme)
10. Patty Waters – Moon, Don’t Come Up Tonight
11. Sylvester Music Company – Waterfalls
12. Moods – Tropical Birds
13. Telemusiques – No.37
14. Twilight Singers – Don’t Call (Desire Cover)
15. Handel – Sarabande Suite No. 11
DATE: January 16th, 2012
Directed by Alberto Rossini, here’s a nice driving video for “Over The Edge”. This track is taken from Johnny Jewel’s and Nat Walker’s (of Chromatics and Desire) “Symmetry – Themes For An Imaginary Film” project. It features 37-tracks of “claustrophobic cinematic bliss” and it was released back in December via Italians Do It Better. “Symmetry” isn’t Jewel’s score for Nicolas Refn’s latest film “Drive”. In case you haven’t heard it yet, stream the entire release here and drive through the night. Excellent release.
DATE: September 19th, 2011
Chromatics: “Tick Of The Clock” (Drive movie edit) [mp3]
Glass Candy’s Johnny Jewel is giving away the edit of the Chromatics track “Tick Of The Clock”, which is included in Drive’s excellent soundtrack. In his own words: “A lot of people have been asking about the different version they are hearing in the film. The original “Night Drive” version is around 15 minutes long. Nat Walker (Chromatics/Desire) & I reconstructed it from the original tapes in order to make it heavier in the theaters & cut it to the picture. What we didn’t know was…the soundtrack people weren’t going to let people get it individually. They are trying to rope you into buying the whole album… But all the kids really want is Desire, Kavinsky, & College… So here it is for free. Pass it on”. Let’s drive..
DATE: August 3rd, 2011
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Mike Simonetti filmed this video for the lead single “Third Of The Storms”, featuring Sam Sparro on vocals, off his first solo EP ” Capricorn Rising”, out now on Italians Do It Better. There’s always room for ice cream.
DATE: July 22nd, 2011
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“Hollywood Seven” has been a dancefloor weapon of Mike Simonetti’s DJ sets for almost six years. Also, it was the closing track “Disconet Dilemma” on Mike & Johnny’s December 2007 cult mix “Albuterol”. Now “Hollywood Seven” is finally out via Perseo, the sister edit label of Italians Do It Better. This new version of the track features Mike & Johnny’s unreleased extended edit. Don’t look at this as simply an “edit record”. Consider it a slice of unknown music history, an unlikely cover song that has become a dancefloor classic. Download it for free below.
DATE: January 8th, 2011
When Mike Simonetti & Johnny Jewel, the co-founders of Italians Do It Better, had originally posted their mix ‘Albuterol’ online for free it had received over 20.000 downloads, but no one could guess the full tracklist! Last September it was finally released on CD via Perseo, the new sister edit label of Italians Do It Better. Now the mix CD ‘Albuterol’ (named after Simonetti’s asthma medication) is again available as a free download for everyone!
So here it is…the way it was meant to be heard. Fully remastered and ready to download. In one word: Amazing!
01. The Dead Of Night
02. Pitched Down Pugh (Gothenburg Boat Mix)
03. The Downside Of Gentrification
04. Found You In The Dollar Bin
05. Syntheseized Throbbing Baleric Italo Track With Guitar Solo
06. School’s Out Forever
07. Her Magic Spell
08. Pulasky Skyway To Zanzibars
09. Super Sensitive
10. Disconet Dilemma
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