Don’t Give Up / Tema Di Susie

Alessandro Alessandroni + Mounika
7 inch
RLV 45-03



Limited edition 7″ – 500 copies

Out on November 3rd, 2023

SIDE A: Don’t Give Up
SIDE B: Tema Di Susie


‘Tema di Susie’ is one of the main themes from the soundtrack composed by Alessandro Alessandroni for the 1976 Italian noir Sangue di sbirro, known in English as Blood and Bullets, as well as Knell, Bloody Avenger (the Susie in the original title refers to the female love interest of the film’s hero, who is on a mission to seek revenge for the gangland murder of his policeman father).
At once sweet and sentimental, haunting and melancholic, ‘Tema di Susie’ stands out from the other tracks in the film, which are more action oriented. Like the rest of the score, however, it exemplifies the way in which, during the ‘70s, Italian film composers created their own version of the sound of American blaxploitation cinema, with its groovy blend of funk, jazz, and soul. It is no coincidence that the film’s director, B-movie specialist Alfonso Brescia, specifically requested music in the style of Shaft, the iconic film that defined that sound in 1971.
Though seemingly simple, ‘Tema di Susie’ is a perfect example of Alessandroni’s style – in particular his unique ability to effortlessly blend groove and melody, funk and feeling, into one musical piece. So, we invited different artists with different backgrounds, influences and approaches to bring their individual take on this elegant and now timeless tune.
With his characteristic style, enigmatic French producer Mounika has spun Alessandroni’s dreamy melody into a remix that resonates with the soul.
Right from the first note, Mounika sets the stage for an uplifting journey. The track’s opening, with its hauntingly isolated piano, lays the foundation for what’s to come. As the music swells, you’ll feel an irresistible surge of positivity and motivation, culminating in a joyous crescendo that celebrates the heart of the composition. Along the way, he weaves in elements that are reminiscent of the French touch sound and the bold beats of the late ’90s, all while steering clear of overpowering rhythms or any hint of nostalgic retro vibes.
What emerges is a remix that’s nothing short of a breath of fresh air. It’s the kind of music that not only makes you move but stirs something deep within. Mounika’s touch is like a painter’s brush, layering sonic texture and dynamics to bring new emotional depth to Alessandroni’s masterpiece.

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