Chris Murray – Retrospective Mixtape 5

Chris Murray Retrospective Mixtape 5

This week we take a long-form approach to Italo-Friday, with an exclusive, hot-off-the-decks, 45 minute mix from Chris Murray.

The fifth instalment of his ongoing Retrospective Mixtape project, this isn’t pure Italo and is more House than Disco, but the energy levels are sky high and frankly, who cares…?

For those who don’t know Mr Murray’s work he’s been a loyal servant of the modern-disco-balearica scene for many years, but (as this mix shows) his DJ roots stretch back to the rave-tastic early 90’s.

Rumours continue to circulate that he is “scaling back operations” but on this evidence he shouldn’t be hanging up the headphones quite yet.

Earlier Retrospective Mixtapes, and much more, can be found on Chris’s Mixcloud page.

Download: Chris Murray – Retrospective Mixtape 5 (right-click)

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Mixage, 1983

Mixage 1983 Baby Records

With less than a week to go until the Big Day, I must admit that the festive spirit hasn’t yet infected 500MH to the same extent that it did last December. So to get proceedings started here’s the result of some Internet “research” I recently conducted.

When I learned that contemporary Italo-influenced producer, Brioski, took his early inspiration from the Mixage vinyl mix-albums that were lying around his childhood home, I felt moved to investigate further.

After a few carefully-placed clicks, and some 500MH tidy-up work I found myself listening to a fascinating instalment of this series that ran from 1983 to ’87 on Italy’s Baby Records. Mixed by Massimo Noè and Pino Santapaga, these records contain all you’d expect from an 80’s Eurodance franchise – sublime highs followed by unfathomable lows and all executed with a melodramatic, nay operatic, fervour that would make Puccini blush.

Turning to the example at hand, it was released in 1983 with a Baby Records Catalogue number of BR 56051 (the actual records were all simply titled Mixage). Musically this one ranges from an interesting Euro-medley of Jeopardy and Billie Jean..through the mega-hit Vamos a la Playa…to the Black Lace-esque nonsense of La Bionda’s One for You, One for Me. Add in a seasoning of faux-classical pretension and some basic-but-effective mixing and you’ve got a recipe for Yuletide dancing fun.

So push back the sofa, put this on the virtual gramophone and party like it’s 1983.

Download: Mixage – Side A (right click)

Download: Mixage – Side B (right click)