Premiere : Gallo – Sagajar, taken from the ‘Various Vibrations’ EP Out on Clandestino’s label on the 28th of September.

“Sagajar”, Gallo surrounds a whirlpool of outerspace bubbles in darkly glowing pads, while melodic sequences join hand drums covered in layers of fog. It’s like drifting beneath the ocean’s surface, with melodious currents and percussive bass synths carrying you through an underwater wonderland filled with shimmering sea-plants and swirls of rainbow hued jellyfish. – Octagon Eyes.

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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

For more info on Eclectics visit: eclectics.bandcamp.com/music

For more info on Faint Waves visit: faintwaves.bandcamp.com/music

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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.

eclec0100 | Ty | Take Me Back Mix | 06|05|18

Summer’s here so time to warm up – This mix recalls those recent summers past.

Originally from Manchester, Ty started out as just an avid collector firstly finding his feet as a kid in the 80’s before discovering house and early rave to hip hop and funk and so on and so on.

Music has given him the opportunity to play at various venues and festivals across the UK and the odd spot on pirate radio!

Before the disco revival, his love of disco led him to setting up and promoting the absurdly named and popular night Disco Magico Sexy Sexy Bang Bang!

You can catch him fortnightly Sundays on 1BTN.fm – No fixed genre or agenda. Expect anything from world music, house, disco, funk, and tropical with the odd pop gem thrown in.

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

 

EARTHBOOGIE’S ‘Human Call’ Album. On Leng Records 11th May…

Pioneering British duo Izaak Gray & Nicola Robinson’s musical vision is best summed up by their selfproclaimed dedication to all things intergalactic, cosmic, tribal and terrestrial. Their music is drawn from inspiring sounds from across the world; African, Latin and Eastern sounds are present in all their productions, which have sprouted from collaborations with singers such as Nina Miranda, and Angelique Kidjo. With clear parallels between the Afro-cosmic work of Italian pioneers Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda, rock guitars, disco riffs, vintage synthesizers and heavy African drum rhythms are all thrown in the melting pot.

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Their debut Mr Mystery EP came out on Leng Records in 2017 followed by their Silken Moon single March 2018 with an animated music video directed by Sean Gorham and illustrated by James Wilson. For Record Store Day April 2018 Earthboogie released an exclusive remix 12 with The Mushrooms Project on Leng Records.

11th May 2018 is their debut album release on Leng Records. Their LP, named Human Call isa vibrant eight-track missive that fixes the sticky tropical cheeriness of African and South American dance music be it Afro-disco, Afro-funk or samba with a wide range of complimentary sounds, styles and influences, from spacey analogue electronics, sun-kissed Balearica and hazy West Coast jazz-rock, to chunky dub disco, snappy retro-futurist house and bouncy, dub-fuelled club workouts. The album has special remixes from Ali Kuru, Felix Dickinson, Pete Herbert & Gerd Janson.

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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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