Rising LGBT Star James Leon Drops Italo-Disco Inspired Remix of ‘I Thought You Were My Friend’

The Italian disco scene of the late seventies and eighties was a vibrant, exciting cousin to the US disco and the largely French Eurodisco scene – prompting its own subgenre, Italo-disco. With more emphasis on drum machines, synthesizers, and occasionally vocoders, Italo-disco gave birth to hits like La Dolce Vita by Ryan Paris and even Laura Branigan’s Self Control and Gloria. The subgenre’s influence is still felt today in numerous contemporary releases – one such being rising LGBT talent James Leon’s Pollarik ’86 Remix of his track ‘I Thought You Were My Friend.’

James influences include Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced pop as well as the classic disco scene. Whilst this mix packs the energy of SAW, Hi-NRG, and disco anthems, James delivers the track with thoughtful, melancholic lyrics examining the breakdown of a friendship. Hurt feelings, misplaced loyalties, and disappointment are soundtracked to bouncing synths and shimmering production. James packs an emotive punch in his vocal delivery suggesting a truthfulness in the thoughtful lyrics.

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