Alessio Natalizia
IT / Strut / dj set

Alessio Natalizia is one half of electronic duo Walls, who have released two acclaimed albums of inspired noodling on Cologne label Kompakt. He also makes hazy ambient pop under the name Banjo or Freakout. He grew up in the Italian coastal town of Vasto, 120 miles east of Rome, before moving to Urbino and then Turin, where he fronted the punk-funk band Disco Drive. After they split, Natalizia became disillusioned with music, but he rediscovered his mojo after relocating to London in 2008, forming Banjo or Freakout and Walls in quick succession. He currently lives in Hackney and he has just curated a compilation of 1980s Italian new wave and electronic music called Mutazione, released on 6th August. The album, which pulls together tracks made between 1980 and 1988, is a mix of “reactionary underground electronic and new wave rarities” and reflects the turbulent political mood that existed in Italy during the ’80s.

 

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