This is all my lighthearted 2c worth, I'm not gonna take a massive stand on it or anything. But I've got to say, I do keep an eye on this thread and check out the tracks y'all are hyping, and most of them are pretty 'meh' to me. I'm a washed up old git though
saying it would be a funky house track if you removed the synth, spacey effects and vocoder and replaced them with a bassline and a scratchy guitar is a little ridiculous. since all the track consists of is: synth, spacey effects and vocoder.
i'd say this is fairly indisputably smith n hack's stab at euro disco.
it must be with a very different ear that someone of your generation listens to these tunes
have you checked out much stuff on ostgut ton? the klock/dettmann 12 (dawning b/w dead man watches the clock) is superb dusky, brooding techno and the len faki delta remixes (on ostgut) are absolutely storming...worth checking out if you haven't already. ben klock's resident advisor podcast showcases the sound pretty well too
What are good record shops to buy all this shit? (in London)
Cos I'm so underemployed today, I upped some old italo (the Ganymed is borderline proper disco really) and some newer stuff that I think uses the influence in an interesting way - not to prove a point, just to make peoples afternoons go a little quicker. Download here. Two of the tracks are taken from the CBS Top 100, which is a good place to hear lots of italo in one place, should anyone want to.
Easy tiger, easy! I'm only 31, still some way off free bus travel. Kids these days, no respect!