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Mike Simonetti is a dear buddy of ours here at Discobelle and we’ve been following him since our hardcore/punk days when he had the label Troubleman Unlimited.

The dark discoish track “Illusions is taken from “Solipsism”, his archival release of music spanning from 2006-2013.

“”Solipsism” is an archival release of music from Mike Simonetti’s tenure as owner of Italians Do It Better Records, spanning from 2006-2013. During that time Mike wrote a lot of music. Some of it was used for films, some for TV commercials, some for fashion shows and he even released a record or two.

Influenced by the intersection of 80’s arena rock bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest, glam rock/dance bands like Rockets and Supermax, and especially the underground Italian producer Piero Umiliani – the album is chock-full of atmospheric rock-inspired arpeggiated riffs. The mixture of metal and chugging dance music makes for a unique listening experience. Every song has a riff, every song is heavy and dense. Only one song goes above 118 BPM. These are heavy chuggers that make for a tense emotional experience that exceeds your standard, easy-to-write-off “soundtrack” fare, mainly because it was never written with that in mind. It was meant to be a fist-pumping arena rock inspired thumper! You can hear that in the one two punch of “A Prayer For War” into “Illusions”, which is an outtake from his “The Magician” sessions. Other songs like “Solipsism” showcase the airy melodies of that were to come with his other project Pale Blue, but that is not typical on this album. If you listen closely, you can hear how Simonetti’s music and dark vibes inspired his then label partner Johnny Jewel to take his own bands Chromatics and Glass Candy in a different, more cinematic direction.

This was written and recorded years before the Drive soundtrack and all the hoopla around the sudden soundtrack resurgence. In 2011 Mike was asked to submit some songs for a soon to be released Hollywood remake. He submitted most of the songs from this album, and they were slated for release on the soundtrack, but the project fell apart, and the film went in a different direction and changed producers. Soon after, because of all the drama and foolishness, he left Italians Do It Better to start over with 2MR and Pale Blue. This is the nail in the coffin. Godspeed.”

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Mike Simonetti of Troubleman Unlimited/Italians Do It Better fame just dropped this mix.

“OK, here’s the backstory. early in 2008 mike and johnny went into the studio to work on stuff, fuck around a little with edits, music etc… Mike brought a box of records into the studio, and they picked out some songs. We came up with an idea to collaborate on a mix of edits. We did a bunch of edits on the fly (no computers, just a few cdjs) and did a mix. At the time, Mike was staying at Adam and Natties house and as we all know he’s allergic to cats, and he was pretty fucked up the whole time he was there, in a constant state of “almost asthma attacks”…The typical Portland weather (DAMP RAIN) didnt help either. Plus we listened to chopped and screwed hip hop pretty much exclusively (as it is the shit Johnny listens to being from Houston and all). The mix you hear is the result of some of my time in Portland in early 2008…Pitched down tracks for your enjoyment…Done in a single take, Mike and Johnny knocked out some edits and tried to mix them. Some of these are proper “edits”, others are simple extensions of the good parts for djing purposes, and a few tracks were perfect the way they were. Shit, some are even edits of other edits!!! The original tape was all but lost, but i found this on my ipod on the plane and dumped it to my computer. I totally forgot about it. you may have heard some of these versions in a live nightclub setting when i was djing. small world, right? I am going to post a few edits for you all to download later this week if you want (let us know) …Can you guess which one of these songs on this mix is one of Mike’s favorite disco trax of all time?”

Mike Simonetti – Alburetol mix (zShare)