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Singles
Cat: DE 066. Rel: 28 May 19
  1. Witch (vocal version) (7:02)
  2. Witch (instrumental version) (7:06)
  3. Zanzibar (original version) (5:56)
  4. Zanzibar (Afro mix) (5:46)
Review: Dark Entries' series of leftfield Italo-disco reissues continues with a double-header from prolific Italo disco session vocalist Helen (AKA Elena Ferretti), whose early excursions on obscure Italian labels Out Records and Discomagic have previously been the sole preserve of dusty-fingered crate-diggers. This EP brings together two of her finest EPs; 1983's scarce "Witch" - an exercise in bubbling, synth-pop inclined Italo-disco - and 1985's arguably better-known "Zanzibar". It's arguably the sparse, cowbell-laden "Afro Mix" - think Cosmic Club era Daniele Baldelli - of this track that steals the show, though all four tracks are shot through with that European strangeness that often marks out the best early Italo cuts.
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Bryllyant (12")
Cat: DE 101. Rel: 17 Jan 19
  1. Bryllyant (33 1/3 Plus 8 remix) (5:28)
  2. Trigger Track (1984 12" edit) (5:59)
  3. Bryllyant (US remix) (5:06)
  4. You (extended version) (7:12)
Review: As per usual, those fiendish folks over at Dark Entries have amazed us once again with yet another barrel of 1980s gold from the depths of the underground. This time it's German new wave band Boytronic who see a reissue, and the EP in question is 1988's "Byllyant", which features the magnificent Plus 8 mix - a shot to the head made up of warm bass tones and hard-hitting drum machine patterns - and also the US mix, which literally sounds like it was made yesterday; for being an '80s EP, Boytronic steered well clear of cheesy and to be honest, they give New Order a proper run for their money. The 1984 mix of "Trigger Track" is a wonderful electro stormer, stamping its fast beats over eerie pads and growling basslines. This would be silly not to recommend! For the diggers.
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Hypnotic Tango (reissue) (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 238. Rel: 28 Nov 18
  1. Hypnotic Tango (original 12" version) (6:11)
  2. Hypnotic Tango (instrumental version) (5:24)
  3. Hypnotic Tango (1987 Powerhouse mix) (6:11)
  4. Hypnotic Tango (Hypnotic mix) (4:31)
Review: My Mine were an Italo disco outfit from Bologna, Italy active between 1983 and 1986. Composed of core members Carlo Malatesta and Danilo Rosati plus Stefano Micheli and Darren Hatch, they reformed in 2016 with Malatesta and Rosati together and new singer Ilaria Melis - releasing the new single "Like a Fool". Their catchy 1983 hit "Hypnotic Tango" is one of the essential underground anthems of the scene, so influential that it was remixed by Frankie Knuckles (his legendary 1987 Powerhouse mix is featured on this very edition) and sampled by Detroit innovator Carl Craig.
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Over & Over (reissue) (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 204. Rel: 12 Feb 18
  1. Over & Over (5:55)
  2. Over & Over (dub version) (4:28)
Review: There was a time when original copies of Fantasy Life's sought-after 1985 Italo-disco gem "Over & Over" were changing hands for several hundred pounds online. While prices have come down a bit over the years, it remains a rare and hard-to-find delight. Happily, Dark Entries has saved us all a few bob by serving up this licensed reissue. The original version really captures the charming essence of Italo disco, matching chugging, motorized arpeggio synth-bass with cheery (some would say cheesy) synth-pop melodies and a catchy, impassioned vocal. Turn to the flipside for the dub style instrumental, which reminded us a little of some of Bobby O's early productions for the Pet Shop Boys (who were, fittingly, huge Italo-disco fans at the time).
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Ghost Town (reissue) (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 203. Rel: 12 Feb 18
  1. Ghost Town (vocal version) (5:50)
  2. Ghost Town (Ghost version) (6:26)
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Perfect High (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 183. Rel: 30 Oct 17
  1. Perfect High (radio version) (5:13)
  2. Perfect High (instrumental) (4:23)
Review: Chris Garner, Jorg Burckhardt, Matthias Elvers, and Regina Petersen didn't release more than handful of EPs under the Peppermint guise, but what they did put out was as foundational and inspirational as more known electronic bands of the 80s like Liaisons Dangereuses. Dark Entries is responsible for this reissue, of course, a repress of an original going for near 100 bucks on the second-hand market, and this 1983 bomb has that rare characteristic of sounding retro and utterly fresh all at the same time. There's two mixes to the wonderfully wavy "Perfect High", and they both serve their own purpose; the radio edit, as you'd expect, is the one that gets the heads turning, its ominous bass charging menacingly amid the sweeter melodies and classic, new-romantic vocals, while the instrumental makes for the perfect beat companion to any serious cold wave DJ set.
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  1. Qu'est-Ce Qu'il A (D'Plus Que Moi Ce Negro La?) (4:30)
  2. Whatazzy (5:16)
  3. Hot Voodoo Dub (7:45)
Review: Legendary musician, DJ and broadcaster Philippe Krootchey was a hugely influential creative whirlwind throughout the 70s and 80s in France. Founder of Love International, frequent Casablanca collaborator with the likes of Lizzy Mercier Descloux and Mathematiques Modernes and an active member of France's foremost gay rights groups, his political and creative messages were clear in every action he made. Originally released in 1984, "Qu'est Ce Qu'il" carries a strong anti-racial message with humour that worked so well he re-sang it English and it eventually became "Whatazzy". Flip for "Hot Voodoo Dub" to find his creative messages as a studiosmith were also very clear.
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Flamingo Boots (reissue) (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 168. Rel: 28 Jun 17
  1. I'll Just Be A Minute (6:10)
  2. Nurse Coven Rides Again (6:35)
  3. Crotch Rocket (5:16)
  4. The Handoff (6:37)
Intérprete: Luv*Jam, ROTCIV
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Action EP (12" + postcard)
Cat: DE 160. Rel: 08 May 17
  1. Joe Garrasco & M.M - "Action" (extended version) (5:35)
  2. Joe Garrasco & M.M - "Action" (instrumental version) (6:01)
  3. Garrasco's - "Love Sex For Sale" (6:37)
  4. Garrasco's - "Love Sex For Sale" (Other mix) (6:45)
Intérprete: Dj soFa, Tagwell Woods
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Marilyn (12" + postcard)
Cat: DE 161. Rel: 08 May 17
  1. Marilyn (6:30)
  2. Marilyn (remix version) (8:05)
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Tonight (12" + postcard)
Cat: DE 162. Rel: 08 May 17
  1. Tonight (vocal version) (6:56)
  2. Tonight (dub version) (5:14)
Review: Classic Italo one-hit mystery, Tony More (or Tony Moore as he's often credited) gave the world this lavish futurist Marzio Benelli-written pop odyssey in 1985 before promptly disappearing. With original pressings fetching over L200, Dark Entries have democratised it for all to enjoy. And there's plenty to enjoy... A restrained by hooky riff, sparse but delicate and vulnerable vocals and a chugging synth groove that cuts with a heavy cinematic feel that's succinctly of its time. Complete with an instrumental for full mix creativity.
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Intérprete: Tagwell Woods
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Transdance (12" + inserts)
Cat: DE 150. Rel: 27 Feb 17
  1. Transdance (New York disco mix) (7:17)
  2. Transdance (GC1 version) (5:14)
  3. Transdance (Robot Rock) (UK club mix) (5:57)
  4. Transdance (UK disco mix) (5:35)
Review: A seminal 81/83 record that epitomised so many sounds and melting pots: synth wave, Italo, New Romantic, electro, proto house... The list of worlds this groundbreaking song traversed is remarkable. Here Dark Entries compile the four versions that were cut during its two key release phases on GC Recordings in 1981 and 1983 in all their remastered glory. Smouldering, moody and still relevant to so much going on musically, this is true piece of history.
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Eyes Of Glass (reissue) (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 144. Rel: 23 Jan 17
  1. Eyes Of Glass (vocal) (6:55)
  2. Eyes Of Glass (instrumental) (7:13)
Review: To accompany their re-release of East Wall's superb 1991 debut album, Silence, Dark Entries has decided to put out the Italian band's forgotten debut release, 1985 single "Eye of Glass". Tending towards the darker end of the Italo-disco spectrum, but blessed with typically cheery synthesizer melodies and skewed female vocals, it's a record that seems far more inspired by the earlier British new wave synth-pop movement than pleasing the clubs of Rome or Rimini. The vocal version is accompanied by a subtly different instrumental, which includes waves of warm synths and offers more prominence to the band's bubbly electronics, throbbing arpeggio bassline, and delay-laden drum machine hits.
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Cat: DE 130. Rel: 22 Aug 16
  1. Dance It Down (4:18)
  2. Dance In Dub (4:14)
  3. Dance It Down (European remix) (7:42)
  4. Jamaica Running (5:34)
  5. Jamaica Resting (3:24)
  6. Jamaica Running (European remix) (5:00)
Review: Patrick Keel started his career as a drummer with various unsuccessful bands, before buying a synthesizer in 1980 and forming "one-man-band" The Pool. While he released numerous albums and singles over a five-year period, it's 1983 single "Dance It Down" that has stood the test of time. This Dark Entries reissue features the punchy, electro-influenced new-wave original and spacey Dub from the U.S 12", plus the lesser-known European Mix (closer in style to Italo-disco, though actually made by a Belgian). Arguably even better is flipside "Jamaica Running", where glistening melodies cluster themselves around a proto-dancehall rhythm, and its' stoned, pitched-down alternative mix, "Jamaica Resting".
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Nous Savons Tout (12" + insert)
Cat: DE 124. Rel: 23 Jun 16
  1. Nous Savons Tout (5:36)
  2. Melodie Moderne (5:45)
Review: Those in the know regard Space Art as one of French electronic music's most under-appreciated acts. Active between 1978 and '81, Synthesizer obsessive Dominique Perrier and drummer Roger Rizzitelli were famed for releasing killer chunks of "cosmic pop", before performing them live wearing specially made silver space suits. "Nous Savons Tout", which was recorded and released in 1981, remains one of their most potent singles. Creepy, strange, hypnotic and undeniably cosmic, Perrier's trippy synth parts seemingly rise and fall over Rizzitelli's metronomic, proto-techno drums. Flipside "Melodie Moderne" has an altogether different feel, coming on like a pitched-down, cosmic disco take on the artier side of 1970s progressive rock.
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Telomeres (12")
Cat: DE 097. Rel: 20 Jul 15
  1. Telomeres (4:13)
  2. Centrifuge (4:48)
  3. Automation (4:25)
  4. Laboratory (6:03)
  5. Necropolis (4:22)
  6. Fukushima (4:49)
Review: Analogue synthesizer enthusiast Bezier first surfaced on Dark Entries in 2012, delivering the hard-wired retro-futurist fantasy Ensconced. Two years on, he's finally ready to release the follow-up, the similarly sharp and sci-fi themed Telemores. As with his previous output, the influences are obvious - think Radiophonic Workshop, electro, minimal, new wave and Italo-disco - but he smartly steers clear of pastiche and empty revivalism. Instead, we're treated to a range of dancefloor-friendly instrumental cuts, cyborg jams, and intoxicating robot rinse-outs. Closer "Fukushima", in which he doffs a cap to the synthesized horror-disco of John Carpenter, is particularly potent.
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Cat: DE 93. Rel: 29 Jun 15
  1. I Wanna Fly Away (vocal) (5:59)
  2. I Wanna Fly Away (instrumental) (5:46)
Review: San Francisco's Dark Entries has a rising reputation for the quality of their Italo-disco reissues. Certainly, many of the tracks they select for re-release are undeniably obscure and in-demand. Blue Russell's "I Wanna Fly Away", originally released in 1984 on leading Italo-disco imprint Discomagic Records, definitely falls into this category (an original copy will set you back well over L100, should you find one). It's a typically fruity concoction, with bold synthesizer lines and Europop-influenced melodies riding a chugging groove. Just like the hard-to-find original pressing, Dark Entries' reissue boasts both the delightfully camp vocal version, and a chunkier instrumental.
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New Dream (12")
Cat: DE 94. Rel: 29 Jun 15
  1. New Dream (vocal) (6:20)
  2. New Dream (instrumental) (6:28)
Review: As obscure Italo-disco producers go, Clay Pedrini must be up there. During the early 1980s, he released just one single, but it was a biggie. "New Dream", here re-issued for the first time on vinyl by San Francisco's Dark Entries, was a massive club hit around Europe in the summer of 1984. Ever since, it has been one of the most in-demand Italo-disco 12" singles around (for proof, check the shockingly high price original copies sell for online). It has aged rather well, with arpeggio-heavy bottom end, cheery chords and insatiable synthesizer melody still capable of causing commotion on dancefloors. The flipside original version - effectively a dub, with significant re-arrangement - is, if anything, even better.
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Cat: DE 95. Rel: 03 Jul 15
  1. Orient Express (vocal) (7:05)
  2. Orient Express (instrumental) (5:51)
  3. Last Summer (vocal version) (6:51)
  4. Last Summer (instrumental version) (4:28)
  5. Last Summer (Go Go version) (4:04)
Review: Unlike some of Dark Entries' Italo-disco reissues, Wish Key's "Orient Express" is fairly easy to come across on the second hand market. It is, though, no less alluring for that, and is most certainly worthy of the deluxe repress treatment. The Instrumental version, in particular - all relentless train noises, delay-laden drum machine solos and sparkling synthesizers - is absolutely killer. Wisely, Dark Entries has chosen to back it with three versions of Wish Key's 1986 single "Last Summer", an almost Balearic chunk of mid-tempo Italo-disco/synth-pop fusion. That, too, boasts a brilliant instrumental version - this time with a pleasingly glassy-eyed ambient build- up and a surprising Go Go Mix.
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Cat: DE 065. Rel: 02 Jul 14
  1. Dark Silence (long version)
  2. Dark Silence (Art Fine version)
Review: San Francisco's Dark Entries label does a good line in reissuing obscure, long forgotten, left-of-centre gems (their excellent collection of Patrick Cowley's little known soundtrack work for gay porn films, School Daze, was arguably one of the compilations of 2013). Here, they've unearthed another overlooked gem - Art Fine's previously rare-as-hen's-teeth dark Italo-disco gem "Dark Silence" (L200-plus for an original 1985 copy, should you be feeling flush). It's pretty much a straight copy of the New Wave-inclined original, with the sparser, looser "Long Version" (in which producer Fabrice Belli gives the synth melodies a little more room to express themselves) joining the dense "Art Fine Version".
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Tarzan Loves The Summer Nights (12" + lyric insert)
Cat: DE 057. Rel: 13 Jan 14
  1. Tarzan Loves The Summer Nights
  2. Tarzan
Review: Stupendously rare Italo gem from the criminally under-prolific Trieste-based Big Ben Tribe, this quirky poplet first came our way in 1984 on Gong. Last spotted changing hands for hundreds on auction sites, Dark Entries have done the disco world a favour and licensed a reissue. Untouched and naked in all its 80s glory, the synth patterns, abstract lyrics and arrangement were way ahead of their time and clearly influenced many electronic pop and Balearic bands who followed. Vocals just a bit too much for you? No worries, just flip for the instrumental. Tarzan loves summer nights, and we love Dark Entries for unearthing this utter classic.
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Álbumes
Cat: DE 185CD. Rel: 17 Oct 17
  1. Big Shot
  2. Surfside Sex
  3. Hot Beach
  4. The Runner
  5. Furlough
  6. One Hot Afternoon
  7. Leather Bound
  8. Bore & Stroke
  9. Cycle Tuff
  10. Jungle Orchids
  11. Take A Little Trip
  12. Love Come Set Me Free
Review: The final part of Dark Entries' long-running series of archival Patrick Cowley releases showcases tracks originally recorded for Afternooners, a late '70s gay porn film by director John Coletti. As with previous Cowley releases on Dark Entries, the double album also contains previously unheard material rediscovered from the Fox Studio archives. It's another essential collection of atmospheric synthesizer music in the producer's distinctive style, all told, with tracks ranging from the whistling cheeriness of "Hot Beach" and the sparkling, cowbell-laden throb of "One Hot Afternoon" to the dubbed-out, semi-ambient dreaminess of "Bore & Stroke" and the humid, upbeat "Jungle Orchid".
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Intérprete: I Love Disco!, Snuffo
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Rive Gauche (LP + insert)
Cat: DE 122. Rel: 14 Jun 16
  1. Aimez Moi (5:15)
  2. Fiction (4:49)
  3. Cinecitta (2:39)
  4. Cairo Connection (4:33)
  5. La Mystique Du Male (5:42)
  6. Castor (2:46)
  7. Unsquare Dance (3:42)
  8. Lettre A Monsieur Le Legislateur (De La Loi Sur Les Stupefiants) (5:56)
Review: 1983's Rive Gauche by Philippe Chany has been lost in the depths of time and, until now, many greedy second-hand sharks have been keeping its price way up high. This little synth-pop marvel is a sampler's dream, containing beautiful riffs here and there, and what is most alluring about it is its total detachment from any one genre. In fact, there are noticeable touches of all things Balearic in here, and many of its tunes could the perfect accompaniment to disco, boogie or even expansive DJ sets. With a little subtle nod to funk, Chany's album is one of those veritable one-offs, the sort of albums that are in a category of their own. A stunning reissue, once again, by Dark Entries.
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Muscle Up (2xLP)
Cat: DE 106LP. Rel: 07 Dec 15
  1. Cat's Eye (5:31)
  2. The Jungle Dream (13:12)
  3. Deep Inside You (8:53)
  4. Somebody To Love Tonight (7:36)
  5. Pigfoot (2:13)
  6. 5oz Of Funk (4:17)
  7. Don't Ask (7:00)
  8. Uhura (4:49)
  9. Timelink (11:00)
  10. Mockingbird Dream 2 (8:15)
Review: Having previously impressed with their reissue of Patrick Cowley's brilliant, all-synthesizer soundtrack to obscure '70s gay porn flick School Daze, Dark Entries and Honey Sound System once again join forces to shine a light on the high energy disco pioneer's work for San Francisco's Fox Studios. Unsurprisingly, it's another impressive collection, and features material recorded for a number of different pornographic films. There are naturally more up-tempo moments - see "Somebody To Love Tonight", which would later be re-recorded with Sylvester, and the synth-weirdness-meets-jazz-funk brilliance of "5oz of Funk" - but it's the impressively cosmic and exotic ambient moments, such as the stand-out "Timelink" and "Jungle Magic", that really stand out.
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Muscle Up (CD)
Cat: DE 106CD. Rel: 20 Nov 15
  1. Cat's Eye
  2. The Jungle Dream
  3. Deep Inside You
  4. Somebody To Love Tonight
  5. Pigfoot
  6. 5oz Of Funk
  7. Don't Ask
  8. Uhura
  9. Timelink
  10. Mockingbird Dream 2
Review: Having previously impressed with their reissue of Patrick Cowley's brilliant, all-synthesizer soundtrack to obscure '70s gay porn flick School Daze, Dark Entries and Honey Sound System once again join forces to shine a light on the high energy disco pioneer's work for San Francisco's Fox Studios. Unsurprisingly, it's another impressive collection, and features material recorded for a number of different pornographic films. There are naturally more up-tempo moments - see "Somebody To Love Tonight", which would later be re-recorded with Sylvester, and the synth-weirdness-meets-jazz-funk brilliance of "5oz of Funk" - but it's the impressively cosmic and exotic ambient moments, such as the stand-out "Timelink" and "Jungle Magic", that really stand out.
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Catholic (remastered) (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: DE 080. Rel: 07 Nov 14
  1. Memory Fails Me
  2. Robot Children (Do You Love Your)
  3. I Never Want To Fall In Love
  4. I'll Come See You
  5. I Remember
  6. Cars Collide
  7. She Had Her Nerve
  8. Eddie Go To My Head
  9. Room
  10. Soon
  11. I Am Your Tricks
  12. In & Out
  13. Lost Horizon
  14. You Laugh At My Face
  15. Burn Brighter Flame
  16. Hurdy Gurdy Man
Review: Last year San Francisco label Dark Entries reissued School Daze, a collection of gay porn soundtracks by hi-NRG icon Patrick Cowley. It proved to be one of the year's best reissues, catapulting Dark Entries to wider attention and reinvigorating interest in the late Cowley's music. It's great news then that Dark Entries has elected to reissue more Cowley material, this time Catholic, the "lost opus" Cowley recorded in San Francisco between 1975 and 1977 with Jorge Socarras, vocalist from '80s American art punk band Indoor Life. Described by Dark Entries as a "genre bending concept album that ranges from minimalistic prototechno to synthdriven postpunk", Catholic is every bit as good as School Daze, and proof there's a lot more to Cowley than just his hi-NRG productions.
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Cat: DE 071. Rel: 16 Jul 14
  1. The Bus
  2. Thirty Years
  3. Cinema
  4. So Mote It Be
Review: The third and final archival release issued to celebrate Dark Entries reaching the 5 year anniversary mark finds the San Francisco-based label focus on the superbly named Executive Slacks. Spawned in early '80s Philadelphia, Executive Slacks were made up of Matt Marello, John Young and Albert Ganss, a trio of art students inspired to commit their angst ridden electronics to tape after infiltrating the local scene's circuit of clubs and galleries. In 1983 a self-titled EP was issued by local independent Red Records featuring four tracks of jagged body music that took inspiration from the Cabs and Tuxedo Moon as well as Dadaism and Disco. Fully remastered and presented in original artwork, this new Dark Entries issue is a superb introduction to a band whose music is a clear influence on the likes of Front 242 and Ministry.
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Intérprete: Thread London
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