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Mismoplastica's 4 Year Cycle Returns

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Italian producer Christian Hornbostel aka Virtualissimo looks set for another massive club hit with his 90s classic Mismoplastica, courtesy of two new remixes by breaks star Lee Combes and another by Italian house maestro Andria Doria.

Chatting to Skrufff four years ago, when hard trance versions of the track topped club charts around the world, Christian attributed its success to an openness towards Italian music at the time, which he suggested followed a pattern.

"There has always been talent in Italy, it's just that the English "door' opens up only every so often for us," Christian told Benedetta Skrufff.

"Generally it follows a cycle of 4 or 5 years. We've seen it opening with Black Box at the beginning of the "90's, then for a few other Italian bands like Usura a few years later and so on. Italy marks the boundary between the Latin and Middle European cultures and it's right for England to look at Italy as the optimal compromise between the two traditions," he suggested.

Nowadays based in Germany, Christian grew up in Italy studying classical music, though admitted his earliest musical passions were heavy metal.

"I was obsessed with rock and funk when I was growing up and concentrated mainly on these. Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin were my favourite bands, especially later on in their careers. Actually, the more recent Deep Purple albums were very funky, because they had been seduced by the American sound. I was also into Santana, Isley Brothers and American disco too."

Virtualissimo: Mismoplastico is out on March 29 on Mantra Vibes