Italia 90 – Smiling Faces [MORRISAUDIO99] Iron Curtis Remix
Having been rivals on the football pitch as teenagers, a chance encounter many years later – djing at an International windsurfing festival – cumulated in a back to back set that ‘kicked off’ the Italia90 collaboration. Putting the footballing differences aside, Italia90 grew out of a shared love of quality house music that was influenced greatly by Glasgow’s close relationship with Chicago and institutions such as the Sub Club that brought these house heroes close to home. Inspired by seeing the likes of Kerri Chandler and Mike Dunn play in the city regularly, we ran our own night, Tuff Crowd, in Glasgow’s infamous basement club the Berkley Suite for two years before launching a new chapter with Tuff Crowd moving to South East London in 2015.
The Smiling Faces EP follows on from Italia90’s debut release, Streetlady on the Morris Audio compilation Approaching 100. Whereas Streetlady was a summery, vocal, filtered house track, the Smiling Faces EP goes darker with a clear focus on the Club with dramatic melodies, clever vocals and punchy percussion all topped off with a killer remix by Berlin’s finest, Iron Curtis.