Be warned: if Nang’s archetypal 80s synth disco sound doesn’t light your candle, then you’re probably not gonna like Pionir much, cos it is, y’know, fairly archetypical Nang-style 80s synth disco.
That said, though, I do like Nang’s stuff and this is their signature sound done very well, so I’m loving it personally. On the original, glacial arpeggios, a synthesized John Williams-ish geetar melody and squelchy synth bass do battle in a nu-Italo dancefloor workout of epic proportions. The snappily-named Discodromo Avventurieri Nel Planeta K mix is a slightly more driving take, while as for the Lusty Zanibar Remix, well… I recently got given, somewhat randomly and for reasons I won’t got into, a DVD set of 80s sci-fi series The Tripods. And this sort of sounds like what you might hear at a Tripods disco. In other words, the 80s synth quotient gets pushed up even higher… just when you didn’t think such a thing was possible.
If cosmic disco done by John Carpenter sounds like your idea of fun, you’ll love this too.
Out: This week
Nang you should know about by now so here’s the weblink
and we’ll leave it at that.
Ichisan & Nakova hail, like a lot of these nu-Italo types, from Slovenia, which of course used to be in Yugoslavia, and Pionir actually takes its name from a youth movement established by popular Yugoslav leader General Tito (hence the chipper young feller on the label). May 25, the day this came out, is Tito Day as it was Tito’s official birthday. Ha! You’ve learned something now, haven’t you?
Oh yeah, and this is also the lead single from I&N’s album Yugo Tempo, just so’s you know…