eclec0103 | Octagon Eyes | 10|09|18

Octagon Eyes lives tucked away in the mountains of Colorado and has spent the better part of the last decade exploring the outer reaches of prog and psychedelia with the musical collective Sungod. Somewhere along the way an interest in writing developed and The Sun Lounge began, which is a vinyl focused blog allowing him to dive deep into the cosmic, new age, ambient, and balearic music he loves so much (with a focus on current releases).

In that spirit, this continuous vinyl mix collects some of the most ecstatic and euphoric seaside bangers of the year and wraps them around with naturalistic ambiance and aquamarine clouds of new age atmosphere. It’s an adventurous journey, transporting the listener to some interstellar beach party with radiant starlight raining down and bodies moving in harmony through the feverish night.

Seahawks – Eternal Beams | Ocean Moon
Beach Wizards – The Diamond Sea | Tracy Island
Sign Libra – Outro: Oophaga Pumilio | Antinote
Ilija Rudman (feat. Andre Espeut) – Tears to Sound (Aquapella Mix) | NuNorthern Soul
Ilija Rudman – Motions (Don Carlos Ambient Mix) | Is It Balearic?
Jura Soundsystem – Jungle Ambient Tool I Temples of Jura
Okinawa Delays (feat. Satoko Ishimine) – Lotta Love (Psychemagik Dub Mix) | Music for Dreams
Jura Soundsystem – Udaberri Blues (Space Mix) | Temples of Jura
Ghost Vision – Shakuhachi | Love on the Rocks
Tony Esposito – Dove c’è luce (LucaEffeSunset Balearic Seagulls and Children Mix) | Archeo Recordings
Krystal Klear – Division Ave | Running Back
Sth. Notional – Yawn Yawn Yawn (Dream…Another Reality Mix) [Wave Outro] | Archeo Recordings
Kito Jempere – Ampa (Max Essa Remix) | Hell Yeah Recordingsphoto

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Q&A’s Joe Morris | Cloud Nine Ep | Wonder Stories…

We had a quick catch up with Joe, in the lead up to his release on Aman Ellis’s label Wonder Stories.. The ‘Cloud Nine’ Ep will be out on wax out on the 25th of June
1.Three  house heroes you’d like to invite to dinner and why?
Larry Levan, Ron Trent and Frankie Knuckles. Why? Come on that’s the holy trinity right there. Imagine the after dinner party…
2. Have you ever missed a flight? What happened? Actually, no. I’m way too anal about being punctual for that. I’m much more consistent with my belongings not making it onto the flight with me.
3. Favourite sandwich? I’m a sucker for an M&S breakfast triple: Sausage, egg & bacon. When your hanging on the train back from a gig, there is no greater comfort…
4.Three fav tracks you’re playing right now. 400 Blows – Movin Lovebirds – Dove Sei Field of Dreams – Our House (Clandestino Remix)
 5. Top 10 disco classics Ha, almost impossible. This is interchangeable on any given day, but for today let’s go with: Jean Carn – Was That All It Was Salsoul Orchestra – Love Break MFSB – Love Is The Message Skyy – First Time Around Chic – Le Freak Inner Life – Make It Last Forever Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait Geraldine Hunt – Can’t Fake The Feeling Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance
 6.  5 if all else fails records. Depends on the situation, but any of the following usually rescue a floor: Metro Area – Muira Moodymann – Shades of Jae Tullio Piscopo – Stop Bajon Fleetwood
Mac – Everywhere Rhythm Is Rhythm – Strings Of Life
7. 5 records you never leave home without Paper Music – Downtime Photon Inc – Generate Power (DJ Pierre Remix) Alison Smith – Love Endeavour (Maurice Fulton Remix) Robert Armani – Circus Bells (Hardfloor
Remix) Blackjoy – Moustache
8. Who are you? Still trying to figure that out myself.
 9. Top 5 edits Urgh, edits. Is there actually a good one? I have a rule that if it a track has an edit, it’s usually good enough in the first place not to need one.
10.If you were in a toilet for 3 minutes with someone what would you say about yourself? Get the hell out mate, I’m trying to take a piss?
11. What was on your best rider ever? Rider? Good one. No, seriously the best one wasn’t technically my rider. I did a gig in Ireland years ago playing after a band who were flavour of the month at the time, your typical stroppy moody types. They did their set and came back to the green room pissed off about something and just bailed leaving their massive rider on the table. I’m talking salmon sandwiches, cold meats, champagne, ciders, beers, vodka, whiskey, hot towels. Well I wasn’t just going to leave it all there…
12. Worst ever request while playing? I spent years DJing on Leeds bar circuit and believe me, I’ve heard them all. The aggressive
R&B demands, the inappropriate trance requests, the sweet ones who just want their favourite song, the comedy ironic ones from guys who think they are funny… I always try and be polite though, unless you are rude to me then you’ll get the stare.

Bombo Espacio Ep | Aimes | Reviews | Clips |Out Now…

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eclectics reach their half dozen with an EP from Aimes (Rothmans, Wonder Stories), otherwise known as Aman Ellis. With a reputation for exquisite, subtle psychedelic backgrounds and carefully constructed grooves, his music has also proved irresistible for others to reinterpret. In fact, Brassica’s remix of “Tunnel Down” for Rothmans is up there with any you might care to mention. And we mean any.

Here, it is the turn of Coyote and the legendary Chris Coco to paint Aimes’ superb originals in their own colours and the results, as you might expect, are stunning.

The original of “Bombo Espacio” marries Aimes’ innate understanding of space in melody with counterpoints between high-reaching keys and echoed pads locked into place by a determinedly shuffling groove.

“You Should Be Feeling Wonderful” takes a rather more louche approach, as sounds swirl around us, putting us at the very centre of things. A synthesized choir calls out as echoed reverberations reply through the rolling drums and a calming voice tells us that we should be feeling… well, we’re sure you can guess.

“Sun Lit Lazy” is a real departure. While still showcasing Aimes’ head-spinning production and his ability to imbue seemingly sleepy soundscapes with endless energy and purpose, it’s guitars that are at the heart of this composition. The chiming melodies that rise and fall are the stuff of the hinterland between night and daybreak, sunlight falling on closed eyelids and the first rays of sun on the skin.

For his remix of “Bombo Espacio”, Chris Coco takes a stripped back approach, reigning back the drums, letting the echoed synth breathe more deeply and giving the melody space, and reason, to roam. In doing so, he has crafted a piece of music so warm it could melt snow. Or the coldest of hearts.

Taking remix duties on “Sun Lit Lazy” are Coyote. Keeping the guitars, they shift the beat just enough to give it a live feel, a trick they follow through expertly throughout the track. The end result feels more like a cover version than a remix like a remix – if you’re looking for a reference point then Etienne De Crecy’s Super Discount project is as good a place as any to start.

credits:  Mastering K-Effect/Aman Ellis.

“AIMES is the production moniker and musical alter ego of Alabama born, Brooklyn resident, Aman Ellis. Fresh off releases on Wonder Stories, Spa In Disco and Pole Position, his signature brand of “spacey disco” with synth-pop sensibilities is on fine display once again for new imprint eclectics who rein him in to follow up great releases recently by James Rod, Mr BC and Coyote. Featuring the deeply emotive boogie-down antics of “You Should Be Feeling Wonderful , the sunkissed balearica of “Sun Lit Lazy” and a couple of pretty awesome remixes. Our favourite was certainly by the UK legend Chris Coco who serves up blissful, neon-lit island dream on his fabulous rendition here of “Bomba Espacio”. -Juno Downloads