Retro/Grade

A perfect modern day Italo/disco sound

Retro/Grade
Since 2005, Serge Santiago and Tom Neville have been slowly cooking a career-defining album. What came out of the studio sessions was a perfect modern day Italo/disco sound, straight off the bat. This was the birth and the sound of the group Retro/Grade. Their first single, 'MODA', released on limited edition vinyl in September 2009, has received support from the likes of Erol Alkan, Simian Mobile Disco, A-Trak, Annie Mac, Kissy Sellout, Pete Tong, Riton, Trevor Jackson, Pedro Winter, DJ Mehdi, Ewan Pearson, Brodinski, Seth Troxler and many more. Next up was 'ZOID'. Inspiration was taken from a period between disco and house – the grey zone where synths were first used with disco and when drum machines were used to keep a track in time. Footnote: Serge Santiago and Tom Neville first worked together on a re-edit of Kano’s ‘It’s A War’ in 2004, which received stand-up attention in all the right places. This random hook-up led to the idea for an album project, with the intention to create a modern day take on Italo-disco. Due to their separate schedules, Neville knocked up a remix discography that includes artists from The Ting Tings to The Verve to Britney Spears, whilst Santiago delved deeper into the world of Italo-disco, re-editing the likes of Goblin, Droids and Baciotti, as well as working on his own productions including ‘Atto D’Amore’ and remixing DFA and Simian Mobile Disco. The project’s formation took time, but in the end it turned out to be perfect timing…

Members

Serge Santiago , Tom Neville

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