Having seized a sojourn honing his skills with such venerable imprints as Caravan, Cyber Dance and Fright (Kompakt) and slicing up dance floors from Athens to Vienna, the man that Dazed Digital called ‘The ultimate King of Italo’ and XLR8R proclaimed ‘an energy filled trip,’ is back with his own inimitable brand of synthsexual mania that takes it cues from all the old faithfuls – Goblin (whom he recently supported in Berlin), Faltymeyer, Carpenter, Moroder – and drags them kicking and screaming onto a city beach to die in the last of the summer sunshine like partially mutilated escorts whilst the gulls watch on.
A remix of ‘Muderfunk’ is supplied by Melbourne’s ‘The Night Terrors’ who are Hawkwind’s go to band of reprobates for Oz related shenanigans. All artwork was conceived and executed by Lille Lisa and everything was mastered at the tentacles of Frenchbloke in the depths of beautiful Wicker Man country.
The last fated project of the now legendary IIF (Italiano Independente Films) was the remake of the famous 70s TV show with the similar name. Although more of a homage to the original – ‘Battlestar Transreplica’ – as it became known through internet sci-fi communities, added much needed flair, nudity and lashings of steamy violence to the mix. Centred around Nexus 6-esque clones, this time designed purely for sexual recreation, an intergalactic cult whose favourite sport was hunting humans and the hosting of the Space Olympics, the camp robots and special effects that would make the producers of Blake’s 7 blush, coupled with often nonsensical plot twists did little to stop the success of the series. But, what really stood out was the queen of the sex clones played to perfection by Italian scream queen, Ania Pieroni, taking time off from her successful TV station GBR. This cursed masterwork was broadcast in its entirety yet the first three episodes fell to the most unlikely and bizarre circumstances involving lightening cutting out most of the transmission, an exploding express pot and an escaped murder of crows being kept for Dario Argento’s seminal film ‘Opera,’ invading the control booth. Eventually audiences would simply tune out and the final three episodes received the lowest viewing figures in Italian TV history. Nevertheless, with the birth of DVD ‘Battlestar Transreplica’ was set to find a new audience and be seen by many for the first time. Unfortunately, due to a legal wrangle between the show’s stars and the company’s imprisoned CEOs, the DVDs could not legally be sold until an agreement had been met, but before the discussions could reach some kind of conclusion both producers were killed during a prison break gone awry. Antoni Maiovvi’s soundtrack is once again the last piece available in its entirety remastered from the original tape source for your listening pleasure.