From his studio headquarters on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, Early Sounds' Pelligrino gathers a rotating assembly of Neopolitan musicians as Zodyaco, a proper live Mediterranean disco band. They tap into the rich musical heritage of the area and a wider continuum of outfits such as Atmosfear. Here, rich, virtuoso playing and a deep, sunkissed vibe count for everything.
'Caucciù' (Rubber. Kinky) is the second missive from the ensemble, following 2018's luxurious, eponymous mini-LP and comes in two equally sophisticated takes on a seven-inch single. The Damecuta version is one for the dancers, a slick, melodic, jazz-funk disco sound that takes off as it hits the timbale driven break. A proper 'we have lift-off' moment that'll send dancefloors into delirium. The musicians are tight in the pocket here, grooving together as one with that supple & limber feel that only a great band can nail. The vamping keyboard solo drives the momentum through to the end.
The Migliera version is more downtempo and more of a full song. You can fully feel the louche, laidback spirit inspired by, as he says, "the most hidden and evocative spots in the magical island of Capri" Just the kind of audio sunshine that my seasonal affected ears need at this time year. When that flute kicks in you can drift away with it! This is real, beautiful music, as classy and timeless as its homeland.
'Caucciù' is out now on Early Sounds Recordings