I don’t know much about Giallo Records and I like it that way. Based somewhere between “Berlin and Vienna,” the upstart label specializes in true-to-form retro horror disco, Italo and EBM as steady influences- their producer Vercetti Technicolor calls it “VHS Horror.” Using the crowdsourced service, IndieGoGo as funding, the imprint has just dropped a storming, four song, 12,” Black Gloves as their first release. Hear the entire thing below, or, I recommend you watch the label-created horror videos for each separate track further down.

The 12″ is a split between Antoni Maiovvi (UK) and [Gianni] Vercetti Technicolor (Austria), both of whom seem to have been making sounds like these for a few years. Maiovvi has three albums under his belt for Seed Records, the most recent of which being a double album of “fake lost Italian TV Thriller soundtracks.” The two met in 2011 at a gig in Athens and after they decided a label dedicated solely to this genre, Giallo was born.

With nothing more than the single release to their names, the label’s Tumblr page proves a nice- and entertaining- way to get introduced with their sound. A stream of trailers, entire films, behind-the-scenes content and title credits from classic and underground 70s/80s zombie/slasher/horror films, the video content is very much at the heart of where they Giallo’s producers draw from. I think with this sort of music, you first have to be a horror buff, a fan of the somewhat sinister, to understand the placement this music has. It’s no wonder that the classics of this genre- Goblin, Simonetti, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, etc.- are all mostly revered for their soundtrack productions.

From their site:
Antoni Maiovvi (UK) and Vercetti Technicolor (Austria) specialize in a strange niche of electronic music, known as Horror Disco. Speciallycrafted atmospheric, cinematic dance music taking influence from Italo Disco, Krautrock, New Beat, EBM, House, Techno and most importantly the film scores of the 70s and 80s (think Argento’s Tenebrae, Fulci’s Zombie and John Carpenter’s Escape From New York.

Buy the vinyl.
Limited to 200 copies