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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Premiere: String Theory by AfterLife | Out 6th of July on Subatomic…

When thinking Balearic, there is a name that should strike you right away. No, not Ibiza itself, but the man responsible for producing and curating some of the lushest sunset music the White Island has ever heard – Steve Miller, perhaps most commonly known as Afterlife. Making a name for himself in the early 2000’s by playing monumental events such as Glastonbury, headlining Cafe Del Mar’s 20th anniversary party and reaching the top of the UK charts by remixing Another Chance from Roger Sanchez, he’s managed a consistency unlike many others in the decade and a half since.

Releasing standout classic albums such as “Simplicity Two Thousand” and “Speck of Gold”, his music has been released on the premiere labels of the time, such as Hed Kandi and Defected, while also being featured on numerous compilations to date. Not only is he a master of his craft, but he’s also managed to attract some of the best in the business to work with him, namely K-Klass, Jose Padilla, Chris Coco and an almost inconceivable amount of others. Lately, Steve has shifted his output to his own record label, Subatomic UK, averaging an album release every two years over the past six years.

Not looking to break that pattern, we’re happy to announce that Afterlife is back with another full length offering entitled “String Theory”. This time, Miller seems to shed a bit more of the White Isle in his productions, with the album presenting a deeper, more introspective angle of his musical prowess. As per usual, plenty of different influences are to be found within, from the impeccable flamenco-inspired tremolo guitar of the title track to the driving rhythm and vivid textures of Give It Up, there is not a single flaw to be found. The album is diverse yet remarkably coherent, rightfully demonstrating why Afterlife is a name that hasn’t faded for 20 years.

This time Afterlife looks to build a bridge to the dance floor, with a pair of remixes released on a 12” with one of the lead singles ahead of the album. ‘Give It Up’ gets the treatment from two of the underground’s current finest. WOLF Music’s Medlar changes up the percussion and gives it a more tropical flare, all the while using the main arpeggiated elements of the original, adding his own airy synth work and groovy bassline that’s just bound to set dancefloors on fire. The second rework comes from Futureboogie’s mainstay Christophe. Choosing to work with atmospheric strings and vocals, this version utilizes plenty of the producer’s own groovy ingredients. Managing to inject some funk into his take, the bassline and disco toms give it a fresh, playful vibe that pleasantly contrasts the original.
The remix 12” is set to hit shops first as a teaser to the full product in mid -June with the album following closely behind.

 

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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

 

Pourquoi ep by Field Of Dreams, landing on Pleasure Unit… 21st May

“Field Of Dreams – Pourquoi – Pleasure Unit

Another E.P. on Pleasure Unit that puts Bowie-esque vocals with New Beat stomp (think Airplane Crashers, Techno Bert). On Pourquoi a foxy French female`s whispered words soften the Electro. Riding an old school Marshall Jefferson B-line, as it gathers momentum, it pulls in David Morales Red Zone synth stabs while a 303 slowly gets out of hand. – Ban Ban Ton Ton

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Field of dreams are Field Theory’s Chris Kentish and DJ Al Mackenzie. Chris has recently had tracks on respected labels such as Futureboogie and Secret Life gaining rave reviews and even garnering plays on BBC radio 6 Music. Al has been a DJ since the late 80s, now resident at Birminghams Great Outdoors. He’s made numerous records over the years but will probably be remembered primarily for his 90s band D:ream making number one all over the world and remixing for EMF and Duran Duran amongst others. Bumping into each other in the street one day and realising they lived opposite each other, they seized upon the chance to combine their favourite passions, making music and drinking.

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eclec0099 | ANDY WILSON | 24|04|2018

Andy Wilson belongs to that rare breed of Balearic DJs who actually live in the Balearics. One-time teenagepost-punker from Manchester, with four John Peel Sessions and numerous toursunder his belt by the age of 18, Andy began DJing in 1991, a natural
progression after years of making mix-tapes and spending a fortune on vinyl.The 90’s were spent travelling the world , heavily involved with the free party
scene in Thailand and as an integral part of London’s notorious Sancho Panza
crew, specialists in the best warehouse and boat parties. A move to Ibiza in
1999 saw him DJ at most of the main clubs and take over the island’s only
English language radio programme.In 2004, Andy helped launch Ibiza GlobalRadio hosting nightly shows for two seasons before leaving to co-found IbizaSonica in 2006 where he ran the programming and produced shows for legends suchas Jose Padilla, Nightmares On Wax, Louie Vega and many more as well aspresenting a daily show and DJing in most of the island’s clubs . He now worksat Sonica as a freelance producer and music consultant , with his radio showBalearia being one of the most popular at the station, which now boasts over 12million listeners a month .He DJs and broadcasts regularly but you’re morelikely to find him behind the decks at exclusive parties or soundtracking the sunsets at outdoor venues on and off Ibiza than in a big club.

Find him on

www.ibizasonica.com

http://www.mixcloud.com/tag/andy-wilson/

https://www.facebook.com/andywilsonibiza

https://twitter.com/wilson_ibiza

Review : José Manuel – Human Behaviour. Drops 20th April on Clandestino. [Clan005]

For Clandestino’s fifth offering Berlin’s Italiano in residence José Manuel drops his unique strain of exotic club music; once again exploring deep, ritualistic and tribal influences to great dramatic effect. ‘Human Behaviour’ is a woozy nine minute opus.
Rich in atmospherics, chanting and ethnic flutes. Clandestino’s remix refines the track for the dance-floor, retaining the atmosphere and injecting a driving 303 line and jamming Afro keys.Upping the tempo on ‘Bangalore’ a great ethnic guitar hook drives along the groove while disorienting chants and tribal percussion flutter underneath.
Mushrooms Project turn out an essential blissful sundown version by extending out the pads and adding gentle warm keys
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eclec0098 | Gallo | 17|03|18

Berlin based, Italian dj/producer Gallo is one of the ambassadors of the balearic nu-breed. Focused around epic and uplifting electronic music more than digging the most expensive record of the net, he creates emotional soundtracks as his forthcoming EPs on Slow Motion , Hell Yeah Recordings and the recent remix for Chris Coco prove.

Gallo is resident at “Buena onda”, the infamous horizontal- party between Berlin and Ibiza and, from day one, member of the Balearic Gabba Sound System, with Peedoo they’re running a monthly radioshow called “My Way” and actually streamed from “Music for Dreams Radio”.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/galloriginale/

https://www.facebook.com/BuenaOndaBalearic/

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Premiere : Silken Moon by EARTHBOOGIE | Leng | 16|03|18

It was May 2017 when Earthboogie’s debut release dropped on Leng. The soundsystem-loving East London duo rightly won praise for a fine EP that brilliantly joined the dots between all things intergalactic, terrestrial and tribal.

Having spent the last ten months recording their adventures, Izaak Gray and Nicola Robinson return with “Silken Moon”, the first single from their forthcoming debut album, Human Call.

In typical fashion, “Silken Moon” cannily combines musical elements from a myriad of styles – most notably Afro-disco, samba and mid-tempo Chicago house – to create a humid hybrid that defies easy categorization. There are bouncy organ riffs, undulating acid lines, clipped Afro-funk guitars, tons of tropical percussion and the chanted, carnival-friendly vocalizations of guest singer Nina Miranda.

The release comes backed with remixes from two members of the extended Leng family: long-serving producer Felix Dickinson and Turkish rising star Ali Kuru. Dickinson sticks close to the original of “Silken Moon” with a mix built around gently jacking machine drums and Earthboogie’s sweaty guitar licks while Kuru takes “Human Call” in an altogether more cosmic direction. Pushing the track’s psychedelic TB-303 lines and tropical textures to the fore whilst adding his own mind-altering electronics – most notably a fat new synth bassline – Kuru cleverly re-casts the track as a pulsating, late night throb-job.
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eclec0092 | A mix from Fernando Pulichino & about the ‘Search of Indigo’ ep out on Leng Records-26|01|18.

We have an exclusive mix from Fernando in the run up to his next release ‘Search of Indigo’ on Leng Records. Fernando has provided a Soulful Funky Disco Balearic set which just flows man. I’ll let you click play and let you have a read through a review of the EP. Links to listen and where to buy included… enjoy. Gx

Fernando Pulichino is no stranger to Leng Records. The bass guitar-wielding Argentine made his first appearance on the label five years ago via the cosmic disco/psychedelic rock fusion of Blue Impala, returning two years later with the similarly inclined brilliance of Giant Desert. Pulichino then resurfaced on Leng late last year with a superb, digital-only three-tracker called Natural 77.Now he’s back on wax, buoyed by the success of the acclaimed Shining EP on Is It Balearic? Recordings. This time round he’s in Search of Indigo, shaping hazy, sun-baked soundscapes around his distinctive basslines, echo-laden synthesizers, meandering Fender Rhodes solos, gentle dub vibrations and glistening, early morning jazz guitars. This is music for the heads, hips and feet, soaked in Fernet and left in the afternoon sun to slowly ripen.

Arguably the most arresting of the four cuts is the title track, a head-in-the-clouds vocal number rich in bubbly electronic riffs, laidback electro beats, ricocheting percussion hits, swirling wind effects and rubbery funk-rock bass.

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Pulichino’s penchant for intergalactic disco shufflers once again comes to the fore on killer “Sundown Visions”, a saucer-eyed chugger that simultaneously throbs, pulses and sparkles thanks to sparring synthesizer motifs and eyes-closed space rock guitars. We suspect Daniele Baldelli and Andrew Weatherall would approve.

Elsewhere, Pulichino indulges his passion for sofa-surfing jazz-funk on solo-laden EP closer “Frontera”, a relaxed and undulating jam rich in cascading electric guitars, fluid electric piano, delay-laden flourishes and deep space synthesizers. You won’t know whether to lie down, dance enthusiastically or wearily shuffle; either way, play at sunrise or sundown for maximum enjoyment.

The EP also boasts a first vinyl outing for the title track of last year’s digital-only EP, “Natural ‘77”. Seemingly partly inspired by legendary West Coast funkateers Steely Dan, it’s a lazy, low-slung affair full of languid guitar solos, freestyle vocal improvisations, bongo-laden drums and one of his most inspired and elastic basslines to date.

PRE-ORDER – lengrecords.bandcamp.com/album/search-of-indigo-ep

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eclec0090 | Private Agenda | 04|01|18

Our latest selection for the series is from none other than Berlin Based Private Agenda, click play, download for another day… But do have a read what these guys have accomplished so far… enjoy this blissed out musical gathering of goodness… Gx

https://soundcloud.com/eclectics28/eclec0090-private-agenda

Having cooked up their kaleidoscopic sound palette on a diet of obscure disco divas (Linda Di Franco, anybody?), the avant-garde ambient wig-outs of Mark Isham and the back catalogues of the superstar DJs of the 1990s, Private Agenda’s debut single Déjà Vu [International Feel, 2015] found a natural home on Mark Barrott’s acclaimed, eccentric disco imprint, International Feel, premiering on BBC1xtra and proving a hit in the mainstream electronic music press. That record would also act as both launchpad and artistic manifesto:  A-side Déjà Vu reflected the duos bold pop sensibilities, paying homage to the great synth-pop cross-over acts of the 80s, demonstrating a knack for classic song-writing, whilst flip-side Freefalling with it’s tastefully-crafted sound design had a strikingly modern feel and has proved an enduring underground hit.

It’s a strategy that has meant the duo can’t be pinned down. With a discography that showcases an enviable flexibility, stretching from the introspective ambient instrumentals that colour the blissfully arranged, Primary Colours [Needwant , 2017) to the soaring confidence and extroversion of three-minute pop nugget, Full Moon [Nightshift, 2016], demonstrating that the duo are heading up an operation capable of balancing a sophisticated sensibility with an unabashed attraction melody and pop music’s enduring allure.

Second single, Paralysed [International Feel, 2015]  propelled the duo further toward the dance music’s mainstream, premiering on B. Traits’ BBC Radio 1, becoming ‘Disco Single of the Month’ in Mixmag (Germany) and DJ Mag (Italy) whilst house music heavy-weight Gerd Janson also got in on the act, remixing the track under the Tuff City Kids moniker with Philip Lauer. A bombastic third single, Full Moon [Nightshift, 2016] followed in the Summer of 2016, which premiered on Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show, demonstrating the duo’s penchant for straight-up pop. Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair fame was among the remixers this time around, with the record championed by Horse Meat Disco and Luke Solomon among others.

Latest releases Primary Colours [Needwant, 2017] and Dusk & Dawn [NuNorthern Soul, 2017] have seen the duo delve deeper into conceptual projects. On Primary Colours, four tracks voice four different colours, with raw pigment elements acting as inspiration for tempo and character. The result: some of their most intimate work to date and a project that can sit comfortably beside the downtempo explorations of contemporaries, Gaussian Curve and Imaginary Softwoods. Their latest release Dusk & Dawn proves the sum of their work thus far: lush, downtempo electronica with a real ear for a hook.

As a live act, the duo have proven equally adaptable, starting out by spinning wax behind the dingy decks at a number of leading clubs in Berlin, such as Chalet and Sameheads before taking their two-piece live act out on the road. In March 2017, they toured with disco upstarts Parcels [Kitsune] on a European tour and stripped their live set back for a Sofar Sounds session in London, before returning to the city in August 2017 their first headline show at The Waiting Room with one of the city’s most exciting promoters, SC&P.

With forthcoming releases on the eccentric vinyl-only Tusk Wax imprint, Berlin’s burgeoning italo-not-italo, boogie business Royal Athlete as well as the second in their ambient series, Primary Colours, the future of Private Agenda’s output looks set to be diverse, bold and colourful.

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eclec0089 | Marco ‘peeDoo’ Gallerani | Balearic Gabba, Influences.

Click play and have a read through some of Marco’s early Musical Influences.

https://soundcloud.com/eclectics28/peeboo

Marco peeDoo Gallerani @hell-yeah
Balearic Gabba influences

I had them ready in a corner since a while, I was just waiting for some crazy dude asking me a Balearic Gabba influences mixtape and about time here come those guys at eclectics.
You probably / obviously, expect to hear some Balearic classics like Stop Bajon, Loredana Berté’s In Alto Mare, Italo Disco, Sueno Latino or Penguin Cafe Orchestra (I bought Air À Danser only this week)… sorry, but all that came much later, this mix is basically all weirder and tripper than that. I hope you enjoy. Ah… it’s badly put together, as always. x.

1st Track

Fried Funk Food – B-Boys on Acid (Blunted)
B-Boys on Acid is one of my real classics, I still play it regularly. I loved this even before listening the music just because of its title, it made sense to me as it came out during italian hip-hop golden era, a proper pre-big beat tune by norman cook and Ashley Slater, masters of all hooks in dance music.

Ian Pooley & Alec Empire – Pulse Code (Live in Berlin 19.3.1994)
two of my early 20s heroes in one crazy masterpiece recorded live in Berlin, Ian Pooley first album on Force Inc “The Times” is one of my fave albums ever (“De La trip” what a little checky electronic tune…) while Alec Empire is a proper hardcore legend… his electronic records, his label Digital Hardcore Recordings and his band Atari Teenage Riot… yes, rioutus music for angry teenagers…
Playing records after Atari Teenage Riot live at Link in Bologna in late 90s is one of my best memories. This is heavy, dreamy, ambientish, loopy breakbeat melting the best of both producers.

Reload – Ehn
my fave Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton tune, it is taken from “A Collection Of Short Stories” album, I bought it from KZ Sounds (RIP) record store in Milan (Killer Faber and the mighty Francesco Zappalà record shop) after I heard it on italian TV dance program MatchMusic , I still remember talking to Zappalà on the phone ordering this and the Sabres of Paradise album and I didn’t try ecstasy yet.
It sounded and still sounds like the future to me, breakbeat, IDM and a beautiful melody, geniuses.

Neon Heights – A Jazz-Free Episode
“There’s a place where happy people play” on Sunday Best is probably my fave Neon Heights tune of mine, but this EP is pure class… I remember turning into this stuff when Big beat was becoming too formulaic. don’t know what happen to those guys. they were so freaky good. if some of you guys somehow read this, please get in touch!

Primal Scream feat Denise Johnson – Don’t Fight It, Feel it (Weatherall Scat Mix)
RAMA LAMA LAMA FA FA FA I wanna get high till the day I die… shall I add more?

1992, one nice spring day I jumped high-school and took a bus to Ferrara record shop “Sound System” (RIP), I paid it 1000 lire only, from the bargain bin, at that time everybody was looking for “Underground” as italians were calling US house…

 

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Bjorn Torske – Dubet
who knows me a bit, knows that Bjorn Torske is my favorite producer / DJ / character.
I couldn’t avoid to add something from him here, this is a heavy very-long dub tune rolling at an house tempo appeared on Smalltown Supersound… if you didn’t light it up yet, now it’s the time 🙂

on a self promotional tip, there’s an upcoming wonderful remix by Bjorn on Hell Yeah Recordings: Luminodisco’s classic Oh Mary revisited by the Torskfather, coming in spring 2018… note it down!

The last  two are an amazing trippy acid downtempo 12” I bought at Ambient Soho (RIP) in Berwick Street London, sorry I’m drunk and I don’t remember the name while I’m writing this … the other is the mighty Old Wave 1 by Passarani 2099 on Nature Records, an amazing, nostalgic distorted masterpiece by italian electronic music maestro Marco Passarani.

cheers to eclectics crew for sharing this. ciao. Marco x

Boarder Pass by James Rod [ec0005] 11|01|18.

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, eclectics return with a brace of winter warmers, courtesy of James Rod, both of which are packing enough heat to keep us cosy until the clocks go forward.

Boarder Pass is cosmic disco with a casual nod to Norway in the loose-limbed stomp as the bass and drums rise and fall into place with calm confidence.

The synth sound is so warm it’s like they’ve been rendered in pastels by a man in a sweater by an open fire. There’s no soporific after effect though, the high arpeggios and throbbing bass see to that. This tune is headed for the dance floor, it’s just sorting out the underfloor heating first.

‘Back to Casiopea’ shares similar feel, but with the urgency turned up. Shards of guitar ricochet off the glacier walls provided by the synths, which give us a structure that’s familiar yet unknown – like finding an outtake of Patrick Cowley producing Tangerine Dream or digging out an hitherto unseen John Carpenter project and realising that it has a previously unheard soundtrack to kill for.

In fact, Cowley and Carpenter are key touchstones. There’s a live feel to these tracks that accentuates the human element. This may be machine music on first reading, but it oozes soul, bleeds spirit, and that comes from a composer who understands perfectly how to place himself at the centre of it all.-Jah Shabby.

You can listen here for yourself… x