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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Paradise Lost by Faint Waves… eclectics music… out 6|08|18.

FAINT WAVES NEW EP ON ECLECTICS IS THE STUFF OF DREAMS

Eclectics has been quietly getting on with the business of releasing essential music for over a year now, establishing itself as a label that has quality as the only constant in a wide-ranging back catalogue. 

This latest release is no exception, but that’s not to say it isn’t exceptional. All the way from Daytona Beach in Florida, Justin Weems aka Faint Waves, brings music to fall for in a big way.

“Paradise Lost” begins with metronomic bongos before a pillow of bass provides the softest of landings for the incoming, chiming notes to fall on. A softly plucked guitar picks up the melodic themes, busy without rushing, it’s all about pace, not haste. It’s music that is truly transportative, evoking rich summer sunsets, gentle breezes and utter contentment.

“Sea of Dreams” carries through these sonic structures and tell-tale tones with another spectacularly soporific journey. This time, with a muted horn section and gentle vibraphone spreading out the chords and filling in the spaces.

The Dream Chimney dub mix of “Paradise Lost” shows a very different side with drums and handclaps that are full of 80s pop and true Balearic spirit. The keyboards and guitar of the original appear as echoed moments, pinballing around the song as you sway from side to side aware of nothing but the music and your own grin. Music for the self, not the selfies.

Anthony Puglisi, otherwise known Rollmottle (SENTRALL RECORDS), ratchets things up further still with a remix of “Sea of Dreams” that moves from a twitchy, insistent beginning to arpeggiated bassline bliss. The deep, slow-hammer of the low register adds an urgency to proceedings that engages the listener with the original elements in an entirely different way. In other words, it’s exactly what a remix should be.

eclectics release ec0007 by Faint Waves on 6|08|2018

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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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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.

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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