Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Is it new? Is it old? Does it matter?

Man oh man. I love it when music comes like a bolt out of the blue, and this one most definitely did. Earlier this morning I was opening the mail at the station and noted that one release came from Nublu Records. Considering this is the same label that has released albums by Forro In The Dark, Wax Poetic (not the magazine) and 3 Na Massa, I had to pop Ritornano Quelli Di... by Calibro 35 into my player and give it a spin.

One spin led to two spins and interest led to rapture.

Calibro 35 is produced by Tommaso Colliva (Franz Ferdinand and Arto Lindsay among others) and features Massimo Martellotta (guitars and lapsteels), Enrico Gabrielli (keyboards and brass), Fabio Rondanini (drums) and Luca Nano Cavina (bass). The dozen tracks on Ritornano Quelli Di... are a blend of classic Italian soundtrack work (Riz Ortolani, Piero Umiliani and the great Ennio Morricone) and original tunes meant to evoke/echo the soundtracks of Italian exploitation films from the sixties and seventies. But there's also a heavy funk flavour that puts the band in the same conversation as the Budos Band, The Poets of Rhythm and the Sugarman Three as evinced by the wah-wah organ on "Calling All Units To Broccolino" and the heavy horn lines of "Talk Is Cheap."

Don't even get me started on how awesome the artwork on the album and the band's posters are... these guys have the old exploitation flick / B movie look down to a T.

When Wax Poetics (the magazine) is quoted as saying "Italian soundtrack funk that sounds like Goblin recording at Stax!" how can you sleep on this album?

While it isn't from their new album, this live performance of "Bouchet Funk" is well worth watching:

Don't forget to check out Calibro 35's website and Myspace page.

Thanks for reading, now start listening...

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