Johnny Jewel

Chromatics – Cherry (Deluxe Edition), Twisted Wires – Half Lives, Johnny Jewel – Music To Drive, Various Artists – After Dark

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Chromatics – Cherry (Deluxe Edition), Twisted Wires – Half Lives, Johnny Jewel – Music To Drive, Various Artists – After Dark

In a recent post I wrote about receiving an order from Italians Do It Better and ended up pledging my undying love to Johnny Jewel for everything he has created. Well here we are less than two months later and here I go again.

First up is the newly released deluxe edition of Chromatics’ album Cherry. This version extends the release from its original 8 songs to 18 tracks total. Like the first version of it all of the songs are culled from different eras and releases from the band, some in new forms and versions. It definitely has enough cool additions to make this well worth any listener’s time. Next, it is great to finally have a Twisted Wires release on CD. This one collects material from 2009’s One Night At The Raw Deal up through last year’s Struck Twice. The style and tone of Twisted Wires really connects with me and I would love to see a full album of new songs from this project in the near future. Finally we come to the skillfully tracked compilation Music To Drive, curated to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Winding-Refn’s movie mood masterpiece Drive. The original soundtrack to the film featured the likes of Chromatics and Desire and in Johnny’s words “introduced the electronic underground to audiences everywhere”. So its great to see it celebrated with a nice collection of songs from Johnny’s various label projects.

As always this order arrived from Italians Do It Better with an awesome FREE oversize poster, a FREE sticker and a FREE CD. Name me another label that does more for their fans.

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Johnny Jewel

Windswept, A Beautiful Now, Home, Cruise Control, After Dark and In Mirrors – Escape From Berlin

img_6535Johnny Jewel  – Windswept, A Beautiful Now Soundtrack, Home Soundtrack, Cruise Control sampler, After Dark sampler and In Mirrors – Escape From Berlin

Johnny Jewel is Italians Do It Better and Italians Do It Better is Johnny Jewel and thank God for them both. This man and the record label he founded have such a cohesive image and style, with a through line of perfection that starts with the album graphics and ends with fantastic music that backs it all up. What is just as amazing as the music he makes is the unbelievable amount of releases he is involved in. Also not to be overlooked are the incredible prices he sells it all for – $5 for a 7″, $3 for a CD and $1 for a download of an entire album. WOW! And while I’m not too into vinyl they always have limited edition beautiful color vinyl LPs and 12″s for $10-$15.

Johnny Jewel is directly involved in everything the label releases with his solo work, as a member of Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire and Symmetry or as a producer and mixer for other bands. The label has had great success through its connection with the film Drive and now its association with David Lynch’s revived Twin Peaks. Every release I own of theirs has a sweet, dreamy, swirling soundtrack vibe filled with analog synths guided by retro sensibilities. I remain captivated by it. Nothing makes my day quite like receiving a package from Italians Do It Better stuffed with CDs, free stickers, more CDs, free posters, even more CDs and, you guessed it, a FREE CD. Johnny, I love you!

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