When thinking about italo-disco, popular names like Giorgio Moroder, Gino Soccio, Den Harrow or Valerie Dore usually come to mind, but as it's true with most genres, the most precious gems are the hardest to find and require a certain amount of digging in order to be unearthed. But first, let's take a quick trip back in time. It's the year 1983 and after reaching critical acclaim within the highly popular disco group Firefly, one of its founding members, Maurice Cavalieri decides to break the mold of the already established euro disco sound and experiment with a more electronic, futuristic sound. For this endeavour he employed the help of his good friend Giorgio Stefani to write the song and compose the lyrics which were then sung by his wife through a vocoder. The newly-born project was to be known simply as Charlie and its only ever produced record to be remembered by the lucky few to dance to it in the golden days of Discoring or to stumble across it while digging in some overflowing crate of disco records.
Released on Maurice's own Mr. Disc Organization, 'Spacer Woman' remained well hidden until it surfaced on the iconic I-f mix CD 'Mixed Up In The Hague Vol. 1' in 2000 and has since been regarded as one of the hottest cult revival tracks of current times. Even though 'Spacer Woman' has seen countless re-presses, most of them unofficial, bootlegs, rips, counterfeits and features in the past 10 years, none of them properly addressed the single most important issue: sound quality. Luckily for us all, this is where the San Francisco based imprint Dark Entries comes into play. Specialised in bringing to life out of print, unreleased and contemporary underground music, Josh Cheon employed the services of the legendary engineer George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkley to work his magic and get the track up to par with current audiophile demands. The remastered tracks bring the signature Linn Drum sounds and the TR-808 samples to a much crisper and punchier level, the arpeggiated DX7 synth melody line glides smoothly across the track and the vocoder vocals sound clean, loud and smoother than ever before. A pleasant and unexpected surprise was to find the sought after instrumental mix on the flipside, where just the stripping of vocals opens up the beautiful synth bass line and brings the lovely cosmic pads to a higher level of enjoyment.
And to take things up to deluxe levels, the reissue is housed for the first time ever in a gorgeous silver metallic picture sleeve featuring the android model drawing taken from the original 7" release jacket and also features a 2-sided retro-design post card insert complete with lyrics and full credits. No matter if you are an italo-disco freak, a purveyor of the finest electronic sounds, the hottest DJ in your town or simply a good record lover, this is definitely one release to buy, cherish and pass on to the next generation so that this short-lived culture never gets lost.