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Lovingly run by Marco Passarani (Rephlex, Skam, Peacefrog…), the Pinga imprint was broadly conceived as a dance-floor offshoot for the Rome-based Finalfrontier collective. As well as putting out the work of others, Passarani alongside Francesco de Bellis (Jolly Music) and Mario Pierro (also Jolly Music) formed the Pigna People; a hoola-hooping mixture of electro, block-party hip-hop, acid funk, italio disco and original techno. With a sound that resembles a less hook-friendly Playgroup, tracks like ‘Donkey Beat: Gossip From the Jungle’ and ‘Opera P’ are high-kicking mirror-balls of squelchy beats, chopped vocals and 50ft tall synth stabs. Elsewhere, ‘Salvation’ is all breathy vocals and Donna Summer beats, ‘Flashing’ must surely have a City Rockers stamp on the under-carriage, whilst ‘Mixoff’ is the kind of thing Les Rhythms Digitalis was aiming for pre-Madge. Further bolstered by a 70 minute mix for the CD release, Pinga People have got the gift of the gab…

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