Better late than out of stock: this glistening gem of Italo funk surfaced in November on vinyl but I only got my hands on it last month. Shamefully, it then sat for another few weeks before I dropped the needle and it blew my mind.

What is Azura? Who are they? They are apparently a “mysterious duo” and you won’t find much info about them at all. This sounds like a throwback from the late ’80s but it’s definitely an homage made much more recently. It sounds like some hardcore fans of the often overlooked “Italo dream house” world — a micro-genre prominent in Italy from 1989 through the early ’90s, a blend of Chicago-style house seasoned with a “Mediterranean patina.”

If it’s truly an homage, then I have to say “Theme From Azura” just about fucking nails it. The “dream” mix is exactly that: a smooth blend of moody Heard-esque deep house scrubbed down in Balearic waves. But the real shit is in the “house mix”: huge chords, vocal clips and a fat sax cleans up for a big bottom. Not a fan of riots on the dancefloor but this might cause one.

Azura: Theme From Azura (World Building / 12″ Vinyl + Digital)
A1. Azura: Theme From Azura (House Version) (8:18)
B1. Azura: Theme From Azura (Dream Version) (7:01)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo.


Originally published in 5 Mag issue 204 featuring Reggie Dokes, Aterral Records, Maggie Tra, Carlo, Demuir, Cyphon & more. Help support 5 Mag by becoming a member for just $1 per issue.

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