PINEAPPLES feat DOUGLAS ROOP - Come On Closer
Cat: PLT 612MIX
Release Date: 2nd November 2020
Roberto Ferrante, now president and founder of Planet Records Group, wrote "Come On Closer" at the age of 18 and "Eyes" and "Faces" by Clio before he was 20. All the songs were entirely created, arranged, mixed and played "by hand" by him, in 1983 the computer had not yet arrived in the recording studios and Ferrante did not have the money to buy a sequencer! "Come On Closer", a classic of Italo-dance were played in Chicago by top deejays who created House Music in the 80s as Mickey Oliver and Ralphi Rosario. This track was played in all clubs and at Chicago Radio Station WBMX by the legendary D.J.s Hot Mix 5, and still today is a very "sought song" by collectors and fans who consider this piece one of the best and clearest examples of proto-house, also used as Sample/Cover by various international productions (Peter Visti/Kenneth Bager "Besos", Neon Indian's "Psychic Chasms", Moulinex "Come On Closer") and used for Tom Ford's US promotional campaign in 2015. The 12" proposes the two original versions: the vocal version by Douglas Roop (an American marine stationed at the NATO base in Naples in those years) and the dub version, both re-mastered in June 2020 by Roberto Ferrante himself in his studios at La Habana, Cuba.
Nobody should be surprised that high energy and Italian-disco were popular in Chicago: house music was in its embryonic phase, so it wasn't competing with Hi-Energy in 1983. This repress edition (without remix) was made with superior sound quality. This sound is present, alive... and still dominating in all clubs!
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