A partnered reissue between Service and Permanent Vacation, "Ragazza" cements Jackpot's reputation as a long-lost dance pioneer, maneuvering in that fertile ground between Italo disco and early house. More or less an oddball one-off project in 1983 by a Swede, Gleen Asp, and an Italian, Marcello Donatello, the Jackpot tunes have remained firmly under the radar for a good quarter-century.
Restless and lean, "Ragazza" is a serious stormer. You can feel the energy of '70s disco boogie getting strapped down and militarized into ruthless yet glitzy machine funk. A fierce, arpeggiated bass synth provides the propulsion in a downward-thrusting riff that wouldn't be out of place on a Stooges record. All the synths sizzle and crackle with such analog warmth and saturation it sounds like they're being fried in a skillet. Mostly instrumental, the track winds through pockets of punchy, distorted vocals, which release bursts of stored-up energy like sparks falling on a powder keg. On the flip, Runaway's remix of "Uno Dos Tres" is in top form, as usual, allowing spare synths to hang over a taut, muscular groove—the same kind of marriage between workhorse house and dub trickery that made their own "Brooklyn Club Jam" such a burner last year.