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Alexander Robotnick

Guido Mannucci

Alexander Robotnick, Kstarke, Jordan Zawideh, Rob Sevier Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., May 26, 10 p.m. 2016
Price: $10
Italian producer and DJ Maurizio Dami, aka Alexander Robotnick, doesn’t look at his history through rose-colored glasses. In a 2010 interview with the Dallas Observer Dami describes his breakout 1983 single “Problems D’Amour,” a suave Italo-disco track spiked with spindly new wave and chilly postpunk, as only a minor hit in comparison with the “shitty Italo disco of the time” that pushed millions of copies. Sales numbers aside, Dami’s record had remarkable influence, particularly in Chicago, where it was thrown into sets at major house clubs throughout the mid-80s. Now in his 60s, Dami is still busting out new recordings, and this year he dropped volume four of the stylistically slippery Music for an Imaginary Club series he launched last year via Hot Elephant Music. The latest veers toward more serene grooves, though Dami inserts sonic flourishes that test the limits of dance-floor tranquility; opener “Maiden Voyage” is cut with an eerie synth melody that sounds like a clique of electronic flutes slowly beaming up into space.
— Leor Galil



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