Barking Dogs “Mamarracho/Linked In” (Gomma Records)

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Gomma’s Barking Dogs, aka Christian Croce and Nicola Mazzetti from Milan, have a new 12-inch out in a couple of weeks. While these Italian DJs may come from two totally different musical backgrounds and experiences, the result of them joining forces in the studio has always been wild; just take a listen to their older releases from 2006 onward… if you can find them. As self-proclaimed party animals, that element has an obvious presence in their music. Just ask 2ManyDJs, Horse Meat Disco and Trevor Jackson what they think about the Barking Dogs; they’ll all give you the thumbs up.

Returning on March 9th with “Mamarracho/Linked In,” the Barking Dogs create a fusion of traditional big city disco groove with gritty late ‘80s house. “Mamarracho” is a hypnotic analog workout that starts off by introducing a vocal sample that might be hard to take seriously at first, but gets real via the power of vintage drum machines. Once you figure it out, you’ll find it hard to not bump to this seductive A-side.

On the flipside we have “Linked In,” a raw and dirty looped-out track with some interesting buildups. Equally energetic as the a-side, “Linked In” maintains the old school house vibe that’s obviously present in the entire package. I really love the Kim Ann Foxman remix of “Mamarracho” the most though; the Hercules & Love Affair chick really took it into a deeper late-night direction that works really well with what the Barking Dogs already started. I can see both versions doing well in the right clubs, while only the braver DJs will be throwing “Linked In” out there. There is also a dub of “Linked In” by Altz Darty, which is a steady groover that holds onto the original elements of the track, yet there is a crazy twist in the later half that you have to check out.

Buy the vinyl from Gomma Records on March 9th.