Daniele Baldelli

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Daniele Baldelli
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Daniele Baldelli is a DJ & producer who is considered an innovator in the Italian disco scene for developing a unique, 'funky' and 'tribal' aesthetic by playing eclectic, esoteric records at drastically altered speeds, often slowed way down, and sometimes adding drum machines and effects. He developed the style he likes to call "Cosmic Sound". He started to be a DJ in 1969. He was resident DJ at the Baia Degli Angeli (1977–1978) and Cosmic (1979–1984) discotheques in Northern Italy—Lasize, Lago di Garda; he released scores of mixtapes during his tenure at the latter. He was mostly unknown outside of Italy until a surge of English-language press coverage in the second half of the 2000s.
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SLAB-LP003 Funkadiba Future Funk — Daniele Baldelli Dionigi* & Baldelli* present Funkadiba Dionigi* & Baldelli* present Funkadiba - Funkadiba Future Funk(CD, Album) Jaywork Records SLAB-LP003 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
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CNCD 2006 My Funky Side — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli My Funky Side(CD, Album) Cinedelic Records CNCD 2006 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
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MED11001 Cosmic Sound — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Sound (Album) Mediane MED11001 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
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CNCD21 I Must Feel Better — Daniele Baldelli Funkadiba / Marco Dionigi / Daniele Baldelli Funkadiba / Marco Dionigi / Daniele Baldelli - I Must Feel Better (Album) Mondo Groove CNCD21 Italy 2009 Sell This Version
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MED11023 Cosmic Sound Project II — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Sound Project II(CD, Album) Mediane MED11023 Italy 2009 Sell This Version
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QND027 Adaptors: The Music Of Richard Bone — Daniele Baldelli Baldelli* & Dionigi* Baldelli* & Dionigi* - Adaptors: The Music Of Richard Bone (Album) Quantistic Division QND027 Italy 2011 Sell This Version
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QND 039 Cosmic Eagle — Daniele Baldelli Baldelli* & Dionigi* Baldelli* & Dionigi* - Cosmic Eagle(10xFile, MP3, 320) Quantistic Division QND 039 Italy 2011
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CNCD 28 Back To My Funky Side — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Back To My Funky Side (Album) Cinedelic Records CNCD 28 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
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Endless Flight 67, none Cosmic Drag — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Drag (Album) Endless Flight Endless Flight 67, none Germany 2015 Sell This Version
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LENGLP014DD Oil Painting — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli And Marco Fratty Daniele Baldelli And Marco Fratty - Oil Painting (Album) Leng LENGLP014DD UK 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

DC 02 B.D. & T.B.C. — Daniele Baldelli B.D.*, T.B.C. (4) B.D.*, T.B.C. (4) - B.D. & T.B.C.(12") Top Line Productions DC 02 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
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TOMA 08 Totem EP — Daniele Baldelli Baldelli* & T.B.C. (4) Baldelli* & T.B.C. (4) - Totem EP(12") Tomahawk Records (2) TOMA 08 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
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TRIB 17 Cosmic Roots — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli & Claudio Tosi Brandi Daniele Baldelli & Claudio Tosi Brandi - Cosmic Roots(12") Tribal Italia TRIB 17 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
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CS 01 Cosmic Sound Project Vol. 1 — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Sound Project Vol. 1(12") Cosmic Sound CS 01 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
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CS 02 Cosmic Sound Project Vol. 2 — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Sound Project Vol. 2(12") Cosmic Sound CS 02 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
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MG-1001 My Funky Side — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli My Funky Side(12") Mondo Groove MG-1001 Italy 2005 Sell This Version
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PDV 001 Race One — Daniele Baldelli Marco Dionigi & Daniele Baldelli Marco Dionigi & Daniele Baldelli - Race One(12") Pedivelle Records PDV 001 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
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PDV 003 Race Two — Daniele Baldelli Marco Dionigi & Daniele Baldelli Marco Dionigi & Daniele Baldelli - Race Two(12") Pedivelle Records PDV 003 Italy 2006 Sell This Version
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Gomma 074 Phobos 2006 — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Phobos 2006(12") Gomma Gomma 074 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
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Gomma 094 Present Cosmicdiba 2007 — Daniele Baldelli Baldelli* & Dionigi* Baldelli* & Dionigi* - Present Cosmicdiba 2007(12") Gomma Gomma 094 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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MED 11023 1 Cosmic Sound — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Sound(12") Mediane MED 11023 1 Italy 2009 Sell This Version
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LGL 21 Let's Get Lost Vol. 21 — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi - Let's Get Lost Vol. 21(2x12") Let's Get Lost LGL 21 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
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Endless Flight 63 Cosmic Drag — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Drag(12", Single) Endless Flight Endless Flight 63 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
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MGCT01 Cosmic Temple / Chapter 1 — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Cosmic Temple / Chapter 1(12") Mondo Groove MGCT01 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
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Endless Flight 67 Ltd Diciotto / Ppss — Daniele Baldelli Daniele Baldelli Diciotto / Ppss(7", Promo) Endless Flight Endless Flight 67 Ltd Germany 2015 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

February 4, 2020
edited over 3 years ago
Daniel Wang: "There is indeed a story to tell: although I can't remember exactly when this all happened, probably around 2001-2003, when I started traveling from NYC to Europe more often.Through a connection made by Michael Kopelman + Fraser Cooke of Stüssy/ Gimme5 (bosses of the UK/ London streetwear scene), I ended up DJ'ing at a party in Ferrara Italy, where I met Luca Benini of SlamJam, the italian counterpart of Gimme5, distributor of Carharrt Europe, etc.

Luca and his friends (there is one more crucial figure who did a lot of translating for me, I forget whom) told me of this "lost continent" in dance music which formed their youth: The scene in Italy revolving around Daniele Baldelli, his years at Baia dell'Angelli, and the Cosmic Club there. I played with Baldelli one night and since no one had ever interviewed him in English yet, I did. I can't remember where the interview got published, but he ended talking to several more writers (Tim Lawrence possibly?) and then people started paying attention.
Baldelli gave me a dozen original cassette recordings which i listened to over and over again. Yes, they have a very different personality from NYC/US disco. And that sound was truly concocted by Daniele, it is one of most intensely creative "nuclear cores" which i know of, comparable possibly to Mancuso and The Loft, but even more amazing because Baldelli himself was playing instruments and making his own audio.
US disco/house could be distilled (in the VERY big picture) down to a 4/4 beat at about 117-124 bpm.. (Don't argue with this please, I know that there are many BPMs).
Baldelli's Cosmic Sound, however, had a "core tempo" of around 100-108. The swing value between beats can be much heavier at that speed. A typical track might be "Electric Fling" by RAH Band (100 bpm) or "Odyssey" by Johnny Harris (112 bpm but pitched down). So slowing some records down was not an arbitrary trick, it was all done "in the flow" and sounded organic.
US disco has a shrill, queer, ecstatic element which is much less important here. The Cosmic sound is intensely psychedelic, "dubby", like a long mental (as opposed to emotional) voyage. If Garage disco was cocaine then Cosmic disco was marijuana.
All i can say is, you'd have to listen to hours of tapes to get the full encyclopedic breadth of what happened there, but I must affirm, it's an amazing and still underrated chapter in Dance Music History.

One minor point to add: the US and English-speaking world dictate a lot of what gets written about pop culture, which puts some indigenous scenes which happened elsewhere at a disadvantage. Since the US tends to classify pop culture as "black" or "white", a lot of nuances about European phenomena get lost in translation.
In terms of dance music, Italy is a very special country (made up of many distinct regions). Italians have the sun, the ocean, and a connection to family/tribe and to rhythm which is quite different from the Germanic northern lands. I shouldn't need to repeat how many US disco DJs who helped create the genre have Italian roots.
Growing up in Italy, you're intensely aware of the past, from Rome thru the Renaissance. You really become aware of "what made Europe". I think that awareness is what helped Baldelli to imagine blending an electronic version of Ravel's "Bolero" with drum machine rhythms underneath, which is just one of hundreds of moments in his mixes.
By the way, the word "house" (as in "house music") comes from Greek into Latin (Xasa>> casa) which then became German and English (Haus>> house).
So you see? All roads lead back to Rome..."
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