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Calibro 35 - S.P.A.C.E. (CD/LP, Record Kicks, 2015)

5 years after the memorable interview we made with Tommaso Colliva, Italy's funkiest act Calibro 35 is back for a not-to-be-missed show in Paris at Petit Bain next thursday (if you're not going to Paris DJs' weekly rendez-vous at Le Pigalle of course). The Milan-based funksters will play tracks from their impressive latest album, 'S.P.A.C.E.', out on Record Kicks. And it's maybe their more personal record to date for they are exploring brand new musical landscapes. The last four albums were remarkable and saw the band finding their own way through noir italian soundtrack tradition. Quickly they ceased to cover their beloved master composers to build their own compositions. But planet Earth apparently was not enough for them: 'S.P.A.C.E.' is a scifi odyssey soundtrack of "an imaginary movie directed by Sergio Leone" , a trip to psychedelic and dangerous planets, a musical rocket launched in outer space and undoubtedly one of the best records of the past months.

Calibro 35  - S.P.A.C.E.
Calibro 35 - S.P.A.C.E.
(CD/LP) Record Kicks RKX049, 2015-12-06

01. 74 Days After
02. S.P.A.C.E.
03. Bandits on Mars
04. Brain Trap
05. UngwanaBayLaunchComplex
06. An Asteroid Called Death
07. Thrust Force
08. A Future We Never Lived
09. Universe of 10 Dimensions
10.Across 111th Sun
11.Something Happened on Planet Earth
12.Violent Venus
13. Neptune
14.Serenade for a satellite
15. Omicron Paradox *
16. The Haploids *
17. Universe of 10 Dimensions (Long Version) *
* "Deluxe Edition" digital bonus tracks

Links :
Calibro 35 : official | bandcamp | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | vimeo | youtube
Record Kicks : official | facebook | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter |

Press Release :
Recorded at Toe Rag Studios in London, Record Kicks proudly presents S.P.A.C.E., the greatly anticipated new album from the legendary Italian cinematic funk combo Calibro 35, who were recently sampled by Dr. Dre on Compton.

Recorded to tape on an 8-track tape recorder at the 'analog mecca' Toe Rag Studios in London, the worldwide famous studio where The White Stripes penned 'Elephant', S.P.A.C.E. is the fifth studio album by Calibro 35.

Forget about the gripping noir atmospheres of their previous full lengths, with the new album the Milan combo escapes from planet earth and lands on their own satellite to write the perfect funk soundtrack of an imaginary sci-fi movie directed by Sergio Leone. They've thrown away the balaclavas and embraced a bunch of synthesizers in their new instalment where Calibro 35 explores fresh new territories.

From the storming imaginary main title notes of the title track S.P.A.C.E. to the percussive effects and creepy organ of Serenade for a satellite, with incursions into cosmic afrobeat (Ungwana Bay Launch Complex), lunar funk (Bandits On Mars) and trippy atmospheres (Something Happened on Planet Earth), in S.P.A.C.E. Calibro 35 sound as cinematic and groovy as ever. Captured live and direct to tape with no overdubbing or editing facilities by Tommaso Colliva (Muse/Franz Ferdinand), the sound is tough, warm and super tight and confirms the unique musicianship of the band able in few years to gain followers worldwide.

Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "the most fascinating, retro-maniac and genuine thing that has happened to Italy in the past few years", Calibro 35 enjoy a worldwide reputation as one of the coolest independent bands around.

Music by Calibro 35 has been used by Dr. Dre on his hip-hop album of the year Compton (One Shot One Kill feat. Snoop Dogg) and by Jay Z (Picasso Baby), Child of Lov & Damon Albarn (One Day) and hip-hop supergroup Demigodz (The Summer Of Sam). They've played major venues and festivals all over Europe, with several trips playing in the States and as unique musicians they've collaborated with, amongst others; PJ Harvey, Mike Patton, John Parish and Stewart Copeland. Get ready and be prepared to wear spacesuits, Calibro 35 are back and are about to lead you to new imaginary territories full of groove!

CALIBRO 35 : Massimo Martellotta, Guitars and Keyboards
Enrico Gabrielli, Keyboards, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Vocals
Luca Cavina, Bass Guitar
Fabio Rondanini, Drums and Percussions

S.P.A.C.E. Paolo Raineri, Trumpet; Francesco Bucci, Trombone; Domenico Mamone, Saxophone; Marco Santoro Bassoon on “Universe of 10 Dimensions” OoopopoiooO (Vincenzo Vasi e Valeria Sturba), vocals on “An Asteroid Called Death”

Recorded at Toe Rag Studios, London and Officine Meccaniche, Milan.
Mixed at Toomi Labs, London
Assistant engineers: Luke Oldfield, Giuseppe Salvadori
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Tommaso Colliva Mastered By Giovanni Versari at La Maestà
All song Published by Record Kicks Publishing, except “Neptune”
A&R: Nicolò Pozzoli (Record Kicks)
Artwork: Solo Macello

Nicolas Ragonneau

Nicolas Ragonneau

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