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.

Listen here…

 

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

Maricopa | Sun Scope | Is It Balearic……?

Sun Scope by Maricopa, wow what a beautiful piece of music, I’m getting goose bumps listening right now. Deep Melodica man, it flows and grows without getting all complex. This being released right at the tail of 2017 is a game changer in my favorite track of the year. What comes out of Timm Sure’s and Richard Hampson’s Camp only can only be described as remarkable. These guys completely work for the love of music. “And to possibly pay for a trip to the White Isle once a year” as Timm put it to me once. Is It Balearic….? ain’t just Balearic they’re almost punk in their attitude, in the sense there’s no big promotional campaign beforehand. The records they put out sell themselves.  Well now, here’s the link to listen to the 5th track on the A side of Sun Scope the Album, Sun Scope. This Track will sail me out of 2017 quite nicely. Cheers guys.

Place ya’ Order here… x.

Q&A’s and Mix W/ The Vendetta Suite & ‘Solar Lodge 23’ EP – Hell Yeah Recordings

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So in the run up to the release of  ‘Solar Lodge 23’ by The Vendetta Suite which is  out on the 15th of December on Marco Gallerani’s Hell Yeah Recordings. We spoke with Gary Irwin the man that is Vendetta Suite. Gary took the time to answer a few questions and to supply us with a mix that shares the influences that went into the making of ‘Solar Lodge.’

So here’s the  selected tunes, samples, sounds that inspired and influenced Solar Lodge 23 and it’s truly beautiful.. This is the Demystify Me Mix by The Vendetta Suite… Click play to the mix and a have read through our chat with him.

Q1, Welcome to a Q&As with eclectics. Who is The Vendetta Suite and how did you form?
 
A1. The Vendetta Suite is just me, Gary Irwin. I was formed in my mother’s womb…… I’ve been recording music since the early 1990s under different guises such as CPU (Waveforms In Wonderland EP) and Synthetic Science. Three techno-ish 12 inches were released on David Holmes’ Exploding Plastic Inevitable label. I also worked as David’s studio engineer in Belfast at the time. The first release as The Vendetta Suite was on 13 Amp Records in 2002, Mercurial (lo-fi Suicide meets My Bloody Valentine rocker) and the B-side Hula Bop (Hawaiian/Joe Meek style thing). In 2012 Love’s Disguise/Saturn was released on London Balearic label Above Machine with remixes from Ray Mang and Shrinkwrap.
 
Q2, It’s been a while since you released anything as ‘TVS’ what have you been doing in the meantime?
 
A2. ‘Working for the government…..’
 
Q3, What’s your go to piece of kit in the studio that get the creative juices flowing and why?
 
A3. I think there’s an obvious dub influence to some of my music, so I’d have to say Space Echo Tape Delay, Spring Reverb and Phased effects…. All staples for dub production but they can also be useful in a krautrock, radiophonic or psychedelic disco context…oh and that bag of weed in my drawer….
 
 

The Vendetta Suite – Solar Lodge 23 EP (preview)

 
Q4, Favourite dance album of the last 10 years and why? (Can be a comp if you wish)
A4. Well now y’see I’m not a massive fan of albums, I prefer random individual tracks. I’m very much in agreement with the KLF’s Bill Drummond in this short video….
……but since I’m allowed a compilation album, I’d have to pick the International Feel label compilation from a few years ago. There is such a consistent quality to the label it’s good to have some of its best releases together on a handy compilation.
 

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 Q5, Favourite Sunday morning coffee album of the last 10 years and why? (can also be a comp if you wish)

 
A5. I can’t drink coffee, it upsets my irritable bowel syndrome……..see above for my views on albums. My Sundays are generally spent catching up on mixes on Mixcloud/Soundcloud or wherever….. Dr Rob always comes up with the goods, or Test Pressing and I always keep an eye out for sets by Private Agenda, you’ll always hear some Balearic gems on there that you’ve never heard before….and of course NTS Radio shows by Weatherall and Holmes are essential.
 
Q6, And finally, if you could have written one song what would it have been and why?
 
A6. Miro – Safari Of Love (1977) I’ve included it on the attached mix. It’s just such a far out track, starts out all electronic and squelchy and bubbly but then comes the strings and phased guitars…..beautiful, weird but still groovy.
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Max Manetti EP [UBER] 27|11|17

Order your Copy of The Max Manetti Ep [UBER} here. OUT NOW!!!

Max Manetti is a new artist to Uber. This 4 track ep showcasing his unique loose percussion and bass driven take on the Balearic beat capturing the dancefloor and the sunshine in equal measures.

Jungle prayer is a breaky percussion groove with cheeky sample, deeply mesmerizing. Dub Macumba is a slightly more drowsy take the theme of bass and drums with a funky guitar rhythm. Changuinola is a dubby narcotic dream of a tune subtle melodies and a perfect vocal sample evocing nights under stars at Hostal Salinas. Finally Garrison arrives…Another killer downtempo bomb. A seriously confident debut. Proper.

Listen to Garrison in full here.

STEVE COBBY | Q&A’s and all about his new Album ‘HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER’

In this feature we cover a lot of ground quotes, soundcloud links to the first track of the Album and we also got the chance to put a few Questions to Steve. So have a scroll through, have a listen and enjoy. I have had the pleasure of hearing the whole Album where I can tell you there is something for everyone.. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER by Steve Cobby produced in his ‘Shedio’ is out on Déclassé from the 27th of October, for more information on the release go to  Steve’s Site.

Well over a quarter of a century has passed since Steve Cobby’s music first appeared in record stores, but the Hull musician has lost none of his appetite for writing and releasing new music. Having re-introduced himself to the record buying public via the critically acclaimed Saudade album back in 2014, Cobby has gone on to release a string of fine solo records under his given name. This October, the former Fila Brazillia and Heights of Abraham member is set to release a brand new album, Hemidemisemiquaver, and it could well be his most accomplished solo work yet.

Written and produced in the “Shedio” at the bottom of his garden,the album is little less than a kaleidoscopic musical trip through the hive mind of our hirsute hero. Those with a wide musical palette will spot a dizzying array of influences – from dub, trip-hop, lounge jazz and Balearica, to wide-eyed electronica, early ‘80s NYC synth-pop, Pat Metheny style jazz-fusion and sweaty drum and bass – as well as a few sly nods to Cobby’s own musical past. It’s as vibrant, colourful and effervescent a set as you’ll hear all year, packed full of warm, attractive and melodious tracks that sidestep conventional categorization.

Really, we should expect little less from Steve Cobby, a man whose musical resume looks more impressive with every passing year. Most will know of his production partnership with Dave McSherry under the Fila Brazilia alias; after all, the duo’s career spanned 14 years and resulted in 12 acclaimed albums and over 70 remixes for the likes of Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, Moloko and the Orb. Some will be aware, too, of his involvement with Pork Recordings, the eclectic, open-minded imprint that became a byword for quality throughout the 1990s. It was on Pork that he released his first solo material as The Solid Doctor (he later also recorded as White Dopes on Funk and JJ Fuchs).

Although now famed for his solo work, Steve Cobby has spent much of career collaborating with others. There was his collaboration with former Chakk members Sim Lister and Jake Herries as Heights of Abraham (whose inspired Electric Hush album is now considered one of the finest downtempo sets of the 1990s), a surprise hook-up with legendary pianist and composer Harold Budd, and a string of singles co-produced by former Cabaret Voltaire man Stephen Mallinder.

 

Earlier this year Mr Cobby turned soundtrack composer via a film about Hull created for the city’s 12-month stint as European City of Culture. He also found time to collaborate with playwright Russ Litten on “For The Many”, an inspiring anthem for a better Britain that led to a blossoming friendship with Jeremy Corbyn. Clearly, the Labour leader has impeccable taste.

HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER well where to start, the production and high quality of this Album is truly remarkable, the work of one Man Steve Cobby. Steve’s wealth of musical influences are all over this, the laid-back Jazz Funk-Trip Hop vibes of ‘Candle for the Moth’. The Organic Drum and Bass break in ‘Rick James dwells in the Abyss’. ‘Cherry-Skin Blanket’ gives us Balearic Electronica where as ‘Babylon on the Hudson’ is pure Dub all the way…. “The Track for me is the heady dreamlike affair which is ‘The Canyons Of Lower Manhattan’. Saturday nights, Sunday Mornings, Sunsets to Sunrises all bases are covered in this Curious, exceptional and Impressive Album.

Below is a link to the first track on Hemidemisemiquaver–Jenkem.. Enjoy….

Q&A with Mr Cobby.

1. Who, what, where, when and why is Steve cobby?

Musician / Producer / DJ of 30 years standing. Denizen and native of Kingston Upon Hull. First commercial release 1988. First paid DJ set 85. Co-founded PORK Recordings in 1990. Formed Fila Brazillia in same year with David McSherry.
> Why I came to be would be a question for the authors of my being Rod and Grace. But I know I wasn’t planned, so serendipity had a large part to play in proceedings. Just like my career.

2. When and why did you start making music?

I started making music with my first guitar aged 14. Bought for me as a reward for returning to school after a long period of ‘twagging’ as its known in Hull….otherwise known as bunking off elsewhere.
As the level of distractions for a teenager in 1979 amounted to three TV channels and the radio I became competent on guitar by playing along to records in my bedroom. Bands were formed and abandoned, collaborations followed and at a glacial pace my fledgling interest slowly blossomed into a career. It would take well over a decade to do so.

3. What was the first Record you bought?

I just can’t help believing – Elvis Presley 1971

4. Hedonism or Sprituality?

Bit of both. I’m part sybarite, part shamen.

5. Trying to balance Work, Music and family life what is your Secret?

Fear of failure and love of truth and beauty.

6. Which brings me to ask about ‘The Shedio’ how did that come about?

A temporary home for my share of the Fila Brazillia studio equipment that was divided up when we vacated the town studio. It has since gone on to serve me well past it’s intended tenure for over ten years.
When Hemidemisemiquaver goes triple platinum I shall knock it down and erect the studio of my dreams in its place. . .

 

 

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