Morricone is a fitting starting point. Everything that draws me to the Euro lounge groove/cinematic funk genre starts and ends with Morricone. He is easily the most prolific and important pop musician Italy has ever produced, and along with the handful of British and American artists of the same era, among the most influential popular musicians of all time. Certainly when it comes to scoring a film, the man has no peer.
This album collects tracks from various Morricone-scored films from the late 1960s and early 1970s. This era of Morricone's work is some of the most glorious music you'll ever lay ears on, so incredibly sexy, and undoubtedly the soundtrack to the lives of thousands of lovers.
In addition to Morricone's mellow, unforced eroticism, there's also some very cool uptempo stuff, like the infectious "Intermezzino Pop" from Luciano Ercoli's Giallo film Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene (Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion).
Essential listening from a genius of our time.
Molto Mondo Morricone