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Calling an album full of Italian-disco “Tonight” is a total declaration of intent. Without mercy. Carlos Valderrama and company’s third album doesn’t let you rest for even a second. Blood, sweat, and tears on the dance floor. Syncopated rhythms, instrumental exuberance, unforgettable melodies. It’s a fine line between those minutes of wakefulness and drifting off into a light sleep, in that undefined space where dreams begin. And all of this is floating around the epicenter of a triangle formed by, on one side, great composers, both Italian and classic, who nourished FITNESS FOREVER’s first album in 2009, “Personal Train” (Ennio Morricone, Nico Fidenco, Gino Paoli, Piero Umiliani and Burt Bacharach). The second side of the triangle is the soft-pop inspiration of the second album, “Cosmos” from 2013 (Paul Williams, Marcos Valle, Serge Gainsbourg and Lucio Battisti), and the third side is the dark, classical names from the Italian-disco tradition scratched from the shelves of the most intrepid music lovers (NUMBER ONE ENSEMBLE, KANO, LE STREGHE, EVA EVA EVA, Alberto Radius, Adriano Pappalardo, Enzo Carella, Franco Califano, Filipponio). And the triangle is wrapped in a dose of the current and contemporary, and the ambiance you can find in bands like JUSTICE, THE GO! TEAM, METRONOMY and DAFT PUNK.

We already gave you the advance single of the title track, “Tonight”, with the participation of Vincent Mougel, KIDSAREDEAD front man and collaborator on a ton of French projects like Juliette Armanet, Mathieu Boogaerts, HERMAN DÜNE, CASCADEUR, HALO MAUD and Ricky Hollywood, among many others. It’s a whip crack full of elegance and driven by wind instruments that attack the choruses and bridges with no mercy at all. It’s a super hit that passes over the most brilliant moments of DAFT PUNK, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, Guille Milkyway and TAHITI 80. The liberation that happens under neon lights, the dreamy chords, the seductive, contagious groove, the romance of the ephemeral, the unforgettable melodies… All of this is on the table, to take the magical nights of summer beyond the stars.

After that, comes one of the loveliest surprises on the album - Paulita Demaíz’s participation on “Dance Boys”. Surprising, a different tone of voice than we were used to from PAPA TOPO’s earliest recordings, singing in Italian this time, to become the album’s muse, ethereal, delicate, full of fantasy. We also gave you the single for “Canadian Ranger”, a solid, eternal, universal song that Sara Cracknell and Stephin Merrit would definitely play on repeat. Prodigious. Unforgettable. Is it a tribute to ABBA and THE WHO? Let your imagination run wild. “Andre” is an immediate Italian-disco classic. That dirty infectious line, the synthesizer arrangements that respond to the name of the song’s star, that dark, sensual ambiance. It’s the perfect song for Tom Moulton to open the night with. “Port Ghalib” is an instrumental track that makes it very clear how strong the instrumentation is on this album: strings, wind instruments (that sax) pushing against each other and giving way to the singer’s voice with a trotting, untiring spirit of the drums and bass, and the synthesizer arrangements. Tina Charles or THE O'JAYS would kill to sing this song.

On “Baby Love”, the synthesizers (and that vocoder!!) become the stars, with a bass line that reminds us of “Billie Jean”, but accentuating the Italian accent, and the majestic strings that give that intimate, organic touch, giving the songs a feeling of warmth. “Cosa Mi Hai Detto” is one of the few songs where we hear Carlos Valderrama singing again, on a sensual song, probably the only one that, conceptually within the album, is a separate thing. Disturbing, nocturnal, with that final sax that traces the outlines of buildings as dawn approaches. Anna Jean, lead singer and guitarist for JUNIORE (one of the coolest and most prominent groups on Paris’s new scene) lends her sweet voice to the group on “Arbre Magique” (with Juliette David and Joackim Polack of PEARL & THE OYSTERS on backing vocals). This is probably the song that is closest to the pop concept of the first album, again with the strings marking the differences. Delicious. Finally, we have “Carlo”, a farewell in every sense, the melancholy after an intense night of dancing and of abandon, with that precious ending swollen by all the instruments that have decorated the path toward this end, with a lounge-pop spirit.

Recorded with the perfect mix of synthesizers and organic elements, creating a spiral of exciting sounds, “Tonight” has a full string and wind orchestra, conducted by master Gianfranco Campagnoli, first trumpet for Mario Biondi’s live performances, a secret weapon who gives that organic, intimate air to his songs. The album was mixed in Milan at Mob Studios by Mario Conte (keyboardist with LOREDANA BERTÈ and producer of some of the most important indie albums in Italy recently, like albums by COLAPESCE, MEG, IORI’S EYES and DAVIDE PETRELLA LOREDANA BERTÉ). And to finish things off, the album was mastered by “Chab” (Antoine Chabert), who won a Grammy for his work on DAFT PUNK’s masterpiece, “Random Access Memories”, and who has also mastered albums by artists as important as AIR, LA FEMME, Sébastien Tellier, BREAKBOT, KATERINE, Keren Ann and DIGITALISM, to name just a few.

Somehow, Carlos Valderrama’s work as a DJ these last four years can be seen in the conception of an album that looks straight at the dance floor without blushing and without batting an eye. This is an album we will always have in our collection when we DJ, and that will set the tone every night that we go out on the town, that will intoxicate the night’s key moments. A night that could be any night.


released September 29, 2017



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Track Name: Tonight (Feat. Kidsaredead)
You grew up in a land of broken dreams
They say world keeps turning
But not yours it seems

Some people talk about a brighter future
'Bout the good old days
But you know it won't matter

I found the switch to turn on all the city lights 
Don't close your eyes
We'll be swimming in a giant glass of wine into your mouth

Deep inside somehow you knew your heart 
Was set for big adventures
Set for something more
You see the girl with the white tie?
She's also dreaming of tonight

Let my friend Carlos V. and Gigi share the mic…
They'll blow your mind!
It's now or never and I want you by my side until I die
I know that there will never be another night like tonight

Every time you're lost in the rain
When you're so alone that it drives you insane
We'll come and show you the way to a secret hideaway
Let the beat direct your steps right to an instant shortcut out of this world
Don't lose the groove

Under the moon we'll be kings and queens
Decades of boredom will end in a dance routine 
The city crowd in the sunlight
I feel they're longing for tonight

I've found the switch to turn on all the city lights 
Don't close your eyes
It's now or never and I want you by my side until I die
I know that there will never be another night 
Not like tonight

Every time you're lost in the rain
When you're so alone that it drives you insane
We'll come and show you the way to a secret hideaway
Let the beat direct your steps right to an instant shortcut out of this world
Don't lose the groove

Shaky, Shake!
Track Name: Dance Boys (Feat. Paulita Demaíz)
Cercavo un angolo
Un soffio di gloria, un osceno rituale
Per ritornare ad accendermi ancora una volta
Com'è che gesti così naturali poi mi han portato qui
Sola in un posto che forse è già troppo lontano

La collisione mi impose in un attimo un freddo rigore
L'uomo che ho scelto finì su una pagina bianca
E già distanti volteggiano inutili le mie fantasie
Stelle cadenti in un cielo non troppo importante
Track Name: Canadian Ranger
Hey boy, you let me down
You thought that I would drown
But when one's looking so good at 30
You know it has its perks

My life's tough such as a mum
But I work out hard every night
I'll leave the kids with Luis this weekend
I make a call and the party starts

Canadian Ranger
We met in a bar
Then we were strangers
Now it's time to move on
You live in danger
You'll see for yourself
So come here right now
Cos'I can't get enough of you

Canadian Ranger
I'm ready to Rock
Declare me war I'll surrender to love
I'm not an angel, you'll see for yourself
So come here right now
I'll show you tonight

Every time
I make the call it's gonna be you and I
And it'll be great don't be afraid, just for fun
We'll play as good lovers
My life is much better
Since I am divorced
Track Name: Andrè
Sembra che stai in America
E vot' ca ie veng ca
Vogl e capill accussì
Me pò fà?

Te si fissat cà musica
Cant' e canzon addo va
Ma nun ce sfotter
'O tiempo cà nun ce ne sta
Nuje ca dinte tenimm' ch fa

Strisciann comm 'a na vipera
E nun s fann piglià
Sti scarrafune so bell e mammà

E mo arricett sti fuorbice
Stasera iamm a ballà
Chella guagliona è na'bomba e a cumpagna ce va
Tengo 'o taglio pa fa nnammurà

Mo staje assaje luntane
Addò si gliute Andrè?

Rice ca staje luntane
Addò si gliute Andrè?

Capelli a tempo di musica
Canzone 'e vint ann' fa
Miettece a lacca Giuà
Track Name: Port Ghalib
Track Name: Baby Love
You make me feel good
You make me feel real good
International party grooving
It's dangerous
It's Baby Love
Track Name: Cosa Mi Hai Detto
Cosa mi hai detto di te
Cosa ti ho detto di me
Me lo ricordo perché
Volevo naturalmente scappare con te

Cercavo l'onda dov'è
La luce rossa com'è
Ma era evidente che tu
Dovessi risplendere quanto vuoi senza di me

In posti che ti accendano
Negli errori da rifare
In tutti gli occhi persi di te
(Oh ye)

Cosa ti ho detto di me
Quando ero a pezzi perché
Non stavo bene da un po'
E il mondo era inutile e stupido senza di te

Cercavo l'ombra, dov'è
Un'illusione, se c'è
Mi sono perso perché
Cercavo ogni cosa di te nel nulla che c'è

Nei giorni che mi restano
Nei rapporti da buttare
Nei sogni vuoti senza di te

Dovevo soltanto lasciarmi andare
Arrendermi a questo bisogno di te
A perdere tutto ed a farmi male

Nei giorni che non passano
Nella notte aspettando
Toccavo il fondo senza di te

Dovevo soltanto lasciarmi andare
Soccombere a questa voglia di te
Accoglierti a costo di farmi male
Di perdere tutto e di farmi male
Track Name: Arbre Magique (Feat. Anna Jean)
J'ai planté un arbre magique
Une activité quasi-athlétique
J'ai planté un arbre magique
La vue de mon balcon est plus panoramique

C'est la vie, c'est l'arbre magique
Très joli Monsieur Fantastique
C'est la vie, c'est l'arbre magique

Je n'aime pas les relents chimiques
Je te trouve déjà bien plus sympathique

J'ai planté un arbre magique
Pour sculpter rapidement mon physique
J'ai planté un arbre magique
Car je ne veux pas du tout rester apathique

C'est la vie, c'est l'arbre magique
Très joli Monsieur Fantastique
C'est la vie, c'est l'arbre magique

Ça peut sembler un peu pragmatique
Mais il apporte une certaine atmosphère
Track Name: Carlo
Ora so che ti rivedrò
Anche se sei molto lontano
Anche se non ho la tua mano

Sei tu, per me, lo so, lo sai ormai

Nei miei sogni nei pensieri miei
Ho bisogno che non te ne vai
Perché vorrei...

Vivere da sola con te
Anche se ci siamo già persi
Persi dentro ai nostri universi

Sei tu, per me, lo so, lo sai ormai

Fra le pagine dei giorni miei
Sei fantastico per come sei, averti qui…

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