Euro-disco and no-wave from Italians Do It Better


Portland's Chromatics put on a dazzling show at last weekend's Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. Chromatics' Johnny Jewel is also co-founder of Italians Do It Better, a record label that serves as a hub for his various projects, including Chromatics and Glass Candy, and other artists playing in the interzone of Euro-disco, no-wave, and experimental electronica. Italians Do It Better's After Dark compilation from 2007 is a critically-acclaimed intro to the label and genre. On the heels of Jewel's success with Chromatics, including their music being featured on the Drive soundtrack and a commission by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for the Chanel runway, he's remastered and reissued After Dark. Sadly, I missed out on the triple clear vinyl version, but Jewel has posted the full album on Soundcloud for free download! And if that's not enough for you, there's now a fantastic sequel, After Dark 2, available for purchase from the label in various physical formats and also as a free download from Soundcloud! Listen to 'em both below. The boogie's gonna get ya. Italians Do It Better (Thanks, Patrick Kelly!)