Mela Femmina

Mela Femmina - Make Love

September 2022

‘Make Love’ is the second recreation pulled from a collection of unreleased 1980s Italo Disco demos that Mela was given while living in Northern Italy. It is produced with the help of StevePringle and Miles James (Little Simz, Foals, Plan B). Franco Nanni, a member of the band who originally recorded the demos, provides: ‘I am really happy that our pieces have found a new life in Emilia's (Mela) project, because they are not covers or represses, she's given them a completely new life, with new lyrics, something that stands by itself. I feel like our 20-year-old-selves from the 80s have been reborn and found new meaning too, through this project.’ Mela Femmina - real name Emilia Estall - is a vocalist and keyboard player from South East London. The idea for Hello Chic was born whilst Emilia was living in the rich musical context of Bologna in Northern Italy in 2018. Whilst there, she was given a cassette by an eccentric older friend - Marco Cigarini - filled with unreleased demos by a band he was part of in the early 80s called The Audiocompany. When listening to this music, and discussing with the original members how it was made, she was inspired to remake the band’s demos that had had such a profound effect on her, and lay vocals over the top to mark the conjunction of her two worlds, Bologna and London.

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