A backstory like Beppe Loda’s can threaten to upstage the music of its creator, but in his case, both are equally alluring. This pair of albums was originally released on cassette in 1986 during Loda’s time as resident DJ at the Typhoon Club in Gambara, Italy, where he helped pioneer the globetrotting “Afro” style. However, rather than fill a dancefloor, the Elettronica Meccanica mixes aimed to document his experiences working at a zipper factory.
With that in mind, it’s easy to imagine rows of metallic teeth moving down an assembly line as you listen to this stream of aqueous beats, mutated new wave vocals and blasts of bonkers prog, like Yello soundtracking Koyaanisqatsi instead of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Toronto’s Invisible City Editions deserves major credit for excavating an obscure electronic strain and reissuing it in the intended double tape format. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “zip files.”