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.
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.
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".
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.
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