Almost no information about the bands can be found on the internet, but Eurotunes have a Myspace page and it says they were based in Rome. The overall sound of the record, anyway, isn't that far in spirit from the one of the mostly Bolognese bands heralded by Italian Records: Gaznevada, Stupid Set, Hi-fi bros, Confusional Quartet. It is, basically, de-evoluted rock based on primitive-sounding synthetizers, with very repetitive beats and skeletal riffing held by the sawtooth register of the keyboards. As for the aforementioned Italian Records bands, the prominent references seem to be the contemporary scene of the American North-East, with two subtler yet distinct influences coming from the alienating synth-pop sounds of Sheffield and post-industrial England, and perhaps more evidently from the New York no wave/mutant disco circuit - the latter fact making many tracks remind of the extraordinary "Great Complotto" scene of Pordenone.
The defining trait differentiating the five bands of Ref. 907 from their labelmates is essentially the darkness and illness of their sound. Though it has almost nothing in common with the growing "darkwave" trend of those years (no abyss and woe, at all) the music shows a taste for bleak and morbid atmospheres, combined with schizoid/spastic vocals and discomforting instrumental intermissions.
The bands are quite different one from the other, but I'll let you discover yourself their particularities. I'll just say everytime I listen to this compilation I have different opinions on what's my favourite!
- Eurotunes: European's Progress
- Eurotunes: I Got the Beak
- Eurotunes: Osaki Motion
- Ipnotico Tango: Ipnotico Tango
- Ipnotico Tango: Spasmodico Rango
- Ipnotico Tango: Erotico Mango
- Metal Vox: Future World
- Metal Vox: T.V. Hero
- Metal Vox: Infinity
- Absurdo: O'vel
- Absurdo: Audio Output
- Abdurdo: Sex in Ball
- Kerosene: Meccano
- Kerosene: Jazz Rock
- Kerosene: Stivali
The compilation was already posted on Mutant Sounds, but some tracks were missing.
Similar music on the blog:
Gaznevada: Sick Soundtrack (Italian Records, 1980)
Confusional Quartet: omonimo (1980)