THE MOST IMPORTANT ITALO-DISCO LESSON TO LEARN
ALBUM`````MIXED UP IN THE HAGUE VOL. 01
GENRE`````ELECTRO, ITALO-DISCO, EARLY TECHNO
REVIEW BY JOHN BUSH:
I-f's Mixed Up in the Hague is an excellent dance-history lesson focusing on the electro-disco that's been such an influence on his productions. Wisely avoiding most of the endlessly compiled electro classics ("Planet Rock," "Rockit," "Clear") that tend to bore advanced listeners, I-f instead looks back to the motorized sequencer disco of the late '70s and early '80s with a parade of excellent obscurities. (Featuring track titles but no list of performers is undoubtedly not an oversight but a challenge to potential trainspotters out there.)
REVIEW BY BOOMKAT.COM:
I-F's 'Mixed Up In The Hague Vol. 1' - an uber-limited reissue of a record that is widely credited as being the best Italo/Electro mix of the past decade and accordingly changes hands for the kind of £££ that makes your eyes water despite it only ever being released on measly CDR. A crafty adjunct of the Parallax Corporation, I-F's legendary mix is a masterclass in the art of mixing, taking the blueprint as classic Italio-disco and the golden-age of European electro.
I-F capitalises on his keen ear by constructing a mix so intuitive it'll have you wondering how two decks and a mixer can sound so damn good. Great fun, a big recommendation.