Mike Simonetti is happy to announce the upcoming release of Solipsism (Collected Works 2006 – 2013) on September 18 via his label, 2MR. The LP represents an archival release of music from Simonetti’s tenure as owner of Italians Do It Better Records, spanning from 2006 – 2013. During that prolific time, Mike’s music found its way into films, TV commercials, and fashion shows — he even released a record or two. Today he shares the first track from the collection, “Illusions” and notes, “‘Illusions’ is an outtake from when I was writing the song ‘The Magician’ for the After Dark 2 compilation for my old record label Italians do it better. I had a few bass lines that were inspired by ac/dc and stuff like that- fist pumping chuggers. There were alternate takes, and Illusions was from that session.”
The eight years covered by the forthcoming LP captures Simonetti’s time launching and developing his cult melting pot imprint Italians Do It Better. Now, with time behind him and exciting new ventures such as his 2MR label and synth duo Pale Blue, the Jersey tastemaker, artist, DJ and label owner is able to look back and reflect on the music behind the sometimes volatile scene.
Influenced by the intersection of 80’s arena rock bands like AC/DC and Judas Priest, glam rock/dance bands like Rockets and Supermax, and especially the underground Italian producer Piero Umiliani – Solipsism (Collected Works 2006 – 2013) is full of atmospheric rock-inspired arpeggiated riffs. The mixture of metal and chugging dance music highlights just how unique Simonetti’s imprint on the musical landscape was at the time, and continues to be.
Solipsism (Collected Works 2006 – 2013) Tracklisting
1. The Edge
2. Through The Clouds
4. A Prayer For War
6. Body Varial
7. Of One Mind
9. Acceptance (Bonus LP – Side A)
10. Los Angeles (Bonus LP – Side B)