I first heard music from the Italians Do It Better label in 2007 with the release of the Chromatics Night Drive album, Beatbox by Glass Candy, and the After Dark compilation that showcased the distinctive sound wrought by the man behind the curtain, Johnny Jewel. This slowed down synth laden disco somehow felt ahead of its time, while also providing vivid flashbacks to my own adolescence.
In the decade or so that has slipped through my fingers since then, Jewel has refined this sound with projects by Desire, Farah, Mirage, and Vancouver’s own, In Mirrors. This label retrospective combs through the Italians Do It Better catalog with the diligence of a unstable detective obsessing over the unsolved murder of his estranged ex-wife.
Tracklisting and download link available at: https://electricadolescence.com/2019/06/04/italiansdoitbetter/