Antinote and Dizonord reveal compilation of slo-mo Afro and cosmic music from the ’90s

Studiolo highlights trance and prog house tracks that were often played at the wrong speed by Italian, German and Austrian DJs.

Antinote is teaming up with French record store Dizonord for a compilation focused on the second wave of Afro/Cosmic music in Europe in the ’90s.

The style, most associated with the Italian DJs Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda, was established in Italy in the early ’80s. Their sets combined disco with new wave, industrial, kosmische and more, with heavy influence from African, Brazilian and Caribbean music.

Studiolo: The ’90s Afro Cosmic Era focuses on the lesser-known second wave of this phenomenon, when the sound had spread from Italy to Austria and Germany. The music shifted towards trance and progressive house, which DJs would often play at the wrong speed, sticking to a tempo of between 100 and 110 BPM. The compilation was curated by Versatile Records affiliate Ygal Ohayon (who also contributes an edit), and it features eight tracks from Stefan Egger, DJ Fred, Claudio Diva, Zendy and more. It’s out in January of next year.

Listen to Mamukata’s “Tantawina” from 1995.

01. Fred DJ & Boran DJ – Cosmic Patch (Lazy’gal Edit)
02. African Project – Ethno Beat (Afro Version)

03. Mamukata – Tantawina

04. Zendy – Zymotic (Plastic Version)

05. Claudio Diva – Funky Nephos

06. DJ Fred, DJ Otti & Jay Pee – Indian Summer
07. DJ Stefan Egger – Cosmic Esmerelda

08. Virtual Roots – Sonar (Virtual Version) (Ygal Ohayon Low Gravity Edit)

Antinote will release Studiolo: The ’90s Afro Cosmic Era in January 2020.