08/19/2015 Test Pressing, 'UNDERGROUND SYSTEM / BELLA CIAO REMIXES / HELL YEAH!'
Leo Mas dropped the original of Underground System`s “Bella Ciao” in his Boiler Room set last summer, when he revisited Ibiza alongside fellow Amnesia veteran Alfredo Fiorito, and Kelvin Andrews & Apiento, collectively representing old and new schools of Balearic Beat. Leo & Fabrice`s remix sends the NYC Afro of that original spinning in Dub, smoothing out its Punk spikes. A party going bang in the background. I can hear similarities with Golf Channel`s Central Executives, and its perhaps no coincidence that Leo & Fabrice have also recently remixed “the Exec`s” “Loveray 79”. Finger snaps and handclaps. Horns do the Masekela.
Their Dub proper gives the bass even more space. The “On Air” mix removes the drums but not the handclaps, and gives the track, and dancers, a chance to catch their breath. Psychoactive residuals still coursing. A tambourine carrying that party on inside your head.
On a separate 10” the “Laguna” version, credited to Leo, Fabrice and Gigi Masin, flicks the stereo from 45 to 33, cuts the BPMs from 120 to 90 The rhythm lolloping, supported by the shoulders of a piano and the ambience of a morning tide, has you taking in wonders as you slowly wind your way home. When a new day might be just enough to wag your tail. A dawn`s chorus, be it birds & cicadas or the beginnings of city traffic & steel storefronts rattling open. Witnessing first light first hand.
“Bella Ciao” is a song with a history. Adapted from a traditional holler of the rice weeders of the River Po basin, it was adopted by the Italian Resistance as they fought against the Fascist Social Republic during the 1943-1945 civil war. It has subsequently been translated into Breton, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Kurdish, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, and Ukrainian, and recognized as an international hymn of freedom. If you were listening you would have heard it sung as students protested against tuition fees in Parliament Square in London, when New Yorkers occupied Wall Street, from the crowds in Turkey`s Taksim Gezi Park, at the funerals of those murdered at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, by Greece`s Coalition of the Radical Left, and by the Kurds in Syria.