Capricorn Rising

Mike Simonetti

Vinyl LP

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2011, Italians Do It Better

VINYL FORMAT. Italians Do It Better head honcho Mike Simonetti got his start in the New York City underground House scene in the late 1980's. As a teenager he promoted parties at the legendary dance club Mars. Twenty years, countless edits, mixes & DJ gigs around the world later, Italians Do It Better is pleased to present Mike's first slice of original music. Capricorn Rising is songs for the dance floor and the party after the afterparty. If you've caught one of his infamous DJ sets, you know he can keep the dance floor playful, heady and obscure all at the same time. His recordings are equally eclectic. Alternating between pulsating rhythms and atmospheric clouds. He blurs the lines between major, minor and motorik.

The lead track "Third Of The Storms" is a collaboration with Australian pop singer Sam Sparro. Sam offered to sing on a track if Mike would remix a song for his upcoming album. Sparro's voice glides and harmonizes like a soft cloud over Mike's ambient sound of the Autobahn via the Pulaski Skyway. "Third Of The Storms" was recorded in studios on both coasts. The vocals were laid down in Los Angeles and the beat was programmed in New Jersey (the title was lifted from Hellhammer, one of Simonetti's favorite proto black metal bands). "Song For Luca" is an instrumental Disco burner dedicated to Mike's first born. The beat nods toward both Krautrock and big room Progressive House, a genre generally ostracized by Disco and House purists. With its wall of hypnotic pipe organs, "Dust Devil" sounds like it could easily fit on a soundtrack from the '80s scored by Mike's long lost Italian uncle Claudio or Amon Duul. The piano based "Renko's Theme" is an abstract homage to Hill Street Blues. The title track "Capricorn Rising" gallops along relentlessly over sheets of distorted guitars and weather patterns.


Disc 1
1 Third of the Storms
2 Song For Luca
3 Dust Devil
4 Aculpoco
5 Renko's Theme
6 Capricorn Rising
7 Third of the Storms [Instrumental] [Instrumental]

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