Friday, July 2, 2010
RETRO/GRADE 'MODA/PULSAR' (Deconstruction)
MODA / PULSAR
Released August 2nd
After 500 single A-side vinyls of Retro/Grade’s first production ‘MODA’ sold out in less than a week in the summer of 2009, it picked up the ears of Erol Alkan, - who called it “incredible”, Simian Mobile Disco, A-Trak, Annie Mac, Pete Tong - who made it one of his records of the year, Pedro Winter, Brodinski and so many more. The Guardian proclaimed: “If you asked Soulwax to write you an Italo disco tune, this is exactly what it would sound like”.
A year on and Retro/Grade - the Modern Day Italo Disco duo comprising of Serge Santiago and Tom Neville - are set to give ‘MODA’ the full release it deserves, making it available digitally for the first time and backed and with the double a-side of ‘PULSAR’ - the duo’s massive throbbing synth builder with an organ crescendo, denoting visions of lasers and light.
Recently re-ignited Deconstruction:
– home to Diagram Of The Heart and A&Rd by Mike Pickering (who also signed Happy Mondays, The Ting Tings, Calvin Harris, The Gossip and many more) has signed Retro/Grade for the single and for their debut album, ‘MOTION’, coming early 2011.
“Retro/Grade are probably the most exciting emerging underground artist we have signed to Deconstruction. Really cool and credible Italo House which keeps Deconstruction’s foot in the warehouse, but also has massive potential to crossover next Summer. We couldn’t be more excited to have them on our line-up.” - Mike Pickering
Retro/Grade are LIVE. After only a few select live shows – including Disco Bloodbath and Bugged Out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crvdPXhqp4g )- Retro/Grade have been meticulously inventing and planning a live show to blow all expectations into outer space. Expect lights, LED and lasers, their first full tour will be announced in August 2010.
“We have had the Retro/Grade protect inside us for ages but it takes time to make everything perfect; make it sound vintage but also timeless and fresh. We've taken influences from everywhere - films, artists, computer games - using films like Blade Runner, Tron, even Rocky to help guild us. Writing music to scores is a great way to get your mind focused on different points of the music and how it should all work… Disco legends like Patrick Cowley, Gino Soccio, Goblin and Larry Levan help us keep the energy level up in what we write and keeps it dancefloor without conforming to today’s rules in how you 'should' produce, letting us be much looser with the notes that are being played.” – Retro/Grade
Retro/Grade ‘Moda’ / ‘Pulsar’ is released on Deconstruction on August 2nd