Don Carlos - Aqua (3x12")

IRMA Records  - IRM2202

Originally released in 1994 on Calypso Records / Irma Records in a triple vinyl promo white label version, Don Carlos's album Aqua is the second album by the Varese-based DJ producer, already then known for his first two singles Alone and Mediterraneo, then both included in his first album entitled Mediterraneo and released only in Compact Disc format in 1992 for the American market printed and distributed by IRMA U.S.A., the American subsidiary of IRMA Records Italy. The same fate will also have the Compact Disc format of the Aqua album, again printed only on the American market. But the triple vinyl, printed in a limited edition of 500 copies in a white generic envelope, was never reissued and has become a rare record over the years. After almost thirty years, after countless requests for reissues, especially in the last few years in which the name and music of Don Carlos has made a comeback, Irma Records has decided to reissue the vinyl in exactly the same original triple version. DJ Don Carlos (born Carlo Troja) with his productions in the 90s has become one of the cult producers for DJs around the world. His track Alone released in 1991 for Calypso was and still is one of the classics of House Music, played by all the major American and British DJs. At the time of its publication it was considered an underground song and therefore did not sell very much, but over the years its myth has grown thanks to its subsequent productions as for example his second single, the EP entitled Mediterraneo, title which it will then inspired his first CD album printed in the USA with the same title. Several other singles followed, another album, always printed only in the USA, entitled Aqua, from which a triple promo vinyl was extracted which today is one of the artist's most requested rarities. In Italy his third album was released in 2002 entitled The Music In My Mind where Kim Mazelle, Michelle Weeks, Taka Boom and Kevin Bryant were present as vocal guests. In 2009 a collection of the first two albums released in the USA titled Mediterraneo-Club Favourite Collection '90-98 and in 2010 his fourth album entitled The Cool Deep which reproduced the sounds closest to his first productions. Also active as a remixer for Italian and international labels, one of his most important works is the remix of Byron Stingily of the song You Make Me Feel of which he made a worldwide hit. As a producer he also used other pseudonyms such as Montego Bay, Aquanuts, Sotterranea and Love 2 Love Orchestra. He has played and plays in different countries such as London, New York, Miami and at various festivals, such as the Robot and the Stickermule Festival in an evening with Apparat, Derrick May, DJ Koze, Lil 'Louis, Young Marco and Ellen Allien, LTJ Xperience.


Data sheet

IRMA Records
Cat. No
3x12” Black Vinyl – Full Cover Jacket
Don Carlos
Release Date
17th November 2022
A1. Aqua (Part One)
A2. Aqua (Part Two)
B1. Without Music
B2. Be Free
C1. Ambient (Part One)
C2. Ambient (Part Two)
D1. The Deep
D2. Alone (Remix)
E1. Guitar Remida (Part One)
E2. Guitar Remida (Part Two)
F1. Ipnotica
F2. Move Your Body

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