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Nebula Sphynx
BIS 002
21 Feb 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Nebula Sphynx - (6:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Parascopic Rope - (8:07) 120 BPM
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Review: And so the second release on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space imprint arrives and, as you'd imagine for someone whose radio show runs the gamut of the electronic spectrum, it would be disingenuous to refer to this as mere "disco". Secret Circuit is just one of many musical aliases adopted by Eddie Ruscha - most commonly known for his work alongside Thomas Bullock as The Laughing Light of Plenty. To date material under the Secret Circuit name has been either self released curios or cassette tapes for the Teenage Teardrops label. Just the sort of thing that would appeal to a lover of lesser known music such as Sweeney then, and Nebula Sphynx is a double dose of off-centre dancefloor brilliance that deserves to reach a wider audience. If you could imagine the prospect of Gavin Russom tackling some vintage Chicken Lips analogue experiments, then your mind might be willing and capable of fully grasping the excellence of the title track. Complementing this is "Parascopic Rope" which joyously threatens to explode under the pressure of it's over abundance of fizzing sonics and richly colourful textures.
Yo Soy
ILW-1003
25 Nov 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Yo Soy (Lectric club) - (6:48) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Yo Soy (original rub) - (6:03) 120 BPM
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Yo Soy (Lectric dub) - (6:50) 120 BPM
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Head Shrunking (Pleasing dub) - (5:30) 110 BPM
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Played by: RSS Disco
Review: Anything Eddie Ruscha touches is generally worth checking, and this latest outing for Lectric Sands offshoot It's A Lectric World is no exception. Ruscha kicks things off with the Electric Dub, an untypically funky fusion of his usual vivid psychedelics, exotic vocal samples, crunchy guitars and an undulating disco-rock groove. The Original Rub - all bubbling electronics, muted guitar licks and deep house warmth - adds a little Balearic disco flavour, before Ruscha returns to more familiar territory with the delay-laden and pleasingly out-there Lectric Dub. Finally, he reaches for the marimbas on the Pleasing dub, an afro-influenced blast of wide-eyed Balearic sunshine complete with lilting pedal steel.
Cosmic Vibrations
ERS 013
01 Dec 14
Balearic/Downtempo
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Out West - (3:24) 55 BPM
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Cartusian Log Book - (5:14) 60 BPM
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Shockers - (4:05) 120 BPM
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She Got Love - (4:00) 62 BPM
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Somnamulation - (1:20) 70 BPM
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Easter Island Electric Brain - (1:32) 80 BPM
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Underdogs - (3:39) 103 BPM
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Minimal Vibrations - (5:00) 60 BPM
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Straightline - (3:10) 129 BPM
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Nova Laser - (3:04) 103 BPM
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Glass Skeletons - (1:32) 72 BPM
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Bells - (4:11) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: When Juno Plus spoke to Emotional Response boss Stuart Leath recently, he talked excitedly about his latest time intensive project - trawling through boxes of old cassette recordings from L.A multi-instrumentalist Eddie "Secret Circuit" Ruscha to compile a follow-up to 2012's brilliant Tropical Psychedelics compilation. Predictably, the resulting collection is nothing short of brilliant. Typically eccentric, melodious, atmospheric and bristling with interesting ideas, Cosmic Vibrations delves deeper into Ruscha's archives and comes up with gold. Highlights are naturally plentiful, but keep an eye out for the psychedelic ambience of "Electric Brain", the analogue electronic explorations of "Nova Laser", and "Shockers", an acid-flecked chunk of chiming Balearic deep house with exotic, Arabic touches.
Afterlife
BIS 005
29 Jan 13
Electro
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Afterlife - (8:23) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Afterlife (Vakula remix) - (5:41) 120 BPM
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Afterdub - (4:49) 120 BPM
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Tropical Psychedlics
ERS 003
12 Nov 12
Experimental/Electronic
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White Wish - (3:42) 60 BPM
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Afrobotics - (6:41) 69 BPM
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Winded Up On The Floor - (4:01) 58 BPM
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Moon Life - (2:47) 91 BPM
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Angel's Eye - (1:44) 82 BPM
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Psouvenirs - (3:29) 80 BPM
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Knocking On Wood - (4:22) 60 BPM
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Lagoland - (3:18) 65 BPM
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Walkin' On The Water - (3:08) 60 BPM
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Roll - (4:06) 60 BPM
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Piano Waltz - (1:00) 98 BPM
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Foggy Twilights - (5:37) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: With recent releases for Internasjonal and Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space Records, Los Angeles based producer Secret Circuit (otherwise known as Eddie Ruscha) has had a breakthrough year with his brittle synth jams, taking inspiration from Balearic disco and minimal wave alike. However, he's been a prolific producer since 1996, and this record on Emotional Response, entitled Tropical Psychedelics, collects productions from Rusha up until 2010 that have previously only seen the light of day on cassette releases. Described by the label as a "Balearic-Tropical-Afro-Psychedelic whirl", the album packs a rich palette of analogue textures into its ten tracks, from the Afro dub of "Afrobotics", through the hazy, beatless combination of piano and analogue synth on "Psouvenirs" to the psychedelic tropicalia of "Foggy Twilights".
Tactile Galactics
BIS 006
30 Apr 13
Experimental/Electronic
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Higher Heights - (5:41) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Escargot - (5:18)
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Nebula Sphynx - (5:04)
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Afterlife - (8:23)
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Deep Stations - (4:26)
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Sync Or Swim - (2:29)
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Words In Transit - (6:29)
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Parascopic Rope - (6:48)
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Mountains - (4:24)
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Rogue Unit - (4:39)
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Exalter - (5:30)
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Inversed Dynamic - (1:32)
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Afterlife (Vakula remix) - (5:41)
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Afterdubwav - (4:49)
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Review: The ever-interesting Eddie Ruscha returns with a new Secret Circuit full-length, the first on Tim Sweeney's excellent Beats In Space imprint. Given the usually vivid style of his psychedelic electronica, it's no surprise to find that Tactile Galactics is a mesmerizing trip from start to finish. Ruscha darts between kaleidoscopic space disco, wide-eyed shoegaze house, analogue psychedelia, touchy-feely ambience and intense, druggy Italo, somehow shoehorning 25 years of musical misadventure into 70 spellbinding minutes. It's bold, melodic, hypnotic, beautiful, blissful, intense, inspiring and exciting. Put simply, Tactile Galactics is a great album.
Jungle Dogs/Jungle Bones
INTSPE 007
18 Jun 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Jungle Dogs/Jungle Bones - (11:32) 110 BPM
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Jungle Dogs (Tiago remix) - (6:31) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Jungle Bones (Prins Thomas Bonus Beat) - (6:21) 114 BPM
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Played by: Discomendments, Tiago
Review: Eddie Ruscha continues to settle into the idea of releasing Secret Circuit on formats other than cassette with Jungle Dogs Jungle Bones, a quite excellent release for the Internasjonal Spesial label. Judging by the sick presentation on this EP Prins Thomas and co. were obviously inspired by the cover art that adorned Nebula Sphynx, the Secret Circuit release on Beats In Space earlier this year, and the musical contribution from Ruscha matches his earlier work. If anything "Jungle Dogs Jungle Bones" demonstrates the broadness of Ruscha's production palette, adopting a less frenetic pace than the Weapon Wielding Robotic Chimp Music of Nebula Sphynx, while retaining all the rich layers of detail that made it so compelling. The excellent Tiago adds a whole new angle to the track, reforming its parts into a cosmic rock jam thanks to an aggressively dubbed guitar riff that Chicago fans might recognise, while Prins Thomas keeps it cheeky with a infinitely kaleidoscopic edit.
Los Imaginones
ERS 017
27 Jul 15
Experimental/Electronic
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Afrobotics (Suzanne Kraft remix) - (6:29) 62 BPM
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Shockers (The Samps remix) - (5:30) 60 BPM
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Underdogs (Tom Noble remix) - (6:42) 52 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Roll (Aritocrat P Child Re-edit) - (6:55) 61 BPM
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Review: Emotional Response open the Secret Circuit archives to some of Eddie Ruscha's contemporaries from the City of Angels for a fine exercise in how to do a remix 12". First up is Suzanne Kraft, aka Diego Herrera who forms one half of Blase along with Ruscha; in his hands the crazy afro-stylings of "Afrobotics" are pulled towards the dancefloor, adding percussion and sirens, forging the originals vibes in to a ethno-beat club jam that is all about that heads down moment. Next up The Samps turns "Shockers" into a warped mesh of psychedelic dance, whilst Superior Elevation's Tom Noble adds some killer boogie vibes to "Underdogs". Finally Sun Araw man Cameron Stallones appears under rare alter-ego Aristrocrat P. Child to re-edit "Roll" in superb fashion.
Higher Planes Drifter EP
INVINC 07
11 Apr 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Gothic Rainbow - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Rattlesnake Jelly - (5:48) 120 BPM
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Rhythmatic Generator - (4:31) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Memory Melt - (4:15) 110 BPM
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Review: Glasgow outfit Invisible Inc's latest release comes from Los Angeles' Secret Circuit, a producer whose trippy, loved-up and decidedly colourful compositions have previously graced such labels as Emotional Response, Beats In Space and Stones Throw. The four tracks showcased here are typically diverse; contrast, for example, the reverb and delay-heavy ambient house shuffle of "Gothic Rainbow", with the twinkling pianos and cascading jazz guitars of Balearic closer "Memory Melt". Best of all, though, is up-tempo number "Rhythmatic Generator", which effortless blends elements of psychedelia, intelligent techno, ambient and dub disco into a spiraling, out-there anthem.
Invisible Family EP 1
INVINC 01
17 Aug 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Secret Circuit - "Black Flame" - (5:36) 120 BPM
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Higamos Hogamos - "Mini Pops" - (6:16) 125 BPM
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Tim Love Lee - "Trip Triangular" - (9:00) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Poncho Brothers - "Airbed Drifter" - (2:56) 106 BPM
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Review: New label Invisible Inc has decided to try and hit home hard from the word go, filling this debut "sampler" EP with cuts from artists they'll be working with over the coming months and years. Los Angeles based artist-turned-producer Secret Circuit kicks things off, delivering a typically saucer-eyed blend of yearning synthesizer melodies, elastic synth-bass and dreamy pads. Higamos Hogamos doff a cap to synth-wave and minimal-wave on the wonderfully atmospheric, modular-heavy soundscapes of "Mini Pops", before hirsute eccentric Tim 'Love' Lee melds twinkling ambience and dubby, soft touch grooves on the picturesque "Trip Triangular". Finally, the Poncho Brothers skillfully combine dub disco rhythms, Balearic synths and stoned electronics on the brilliantly named "Airbed Drifter".
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