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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releases March 16, 2018

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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

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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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