In recent press photos, Eddie Ruscha has looked every bit the West Coast acid casualty that his vivid, kaleidoscopic productions have suggested. Surrounded by his colourful, out-there paintings and dressed head to toe in “tropical psychedelic” clothes – a distinctive concoction of rainbow-coloured scarves, baggy jewellery, strange masks and eye-popping patterned sweaters – he projects himself as the apotheosis of the 21st century digital hippy. Given the hazy look in his eyes, you’d never accuse him of putting it on; clearly, he’s more out-there and artistically inspired than your average electronic producer.
Secret Circuit will release a new album on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label in April.
Los Angeles based producer Secret Circuit will provide the final release of 2012 on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label with the forthcoming Afterlife EP.
The central axis field of Secret Circuit mixes the 46th Juno Plus podcast – expect the weird and the wonderful.
German producer Phillip Lauer seems to be getting better with age. Having sporadically impressed in previous years with his solo efforts – see the fluid, soft-focus deepness of 2011’s “H R Boss” on Live At Robert Johnson – the Arto Mwambe/Tuff City Kids member has seriously upped his game in 2012. There was the small matter of an impressive debut solo full length, Phillips, for Running Back; joining the dots between fluid, melody-driven deep house, shuffling synth-disco and wide-eyed neo-Balearica, it showed him as a producer on the rise.
German producer Phillip Lauer has been called upon to provide the fourth release for Tim Sweeney’s blossoming Beats In Space label.
The newly minted BIS Records Inc launched this week with the mysterious Tropean butcher by day, 12 hour set playing DJ by night DJ Steve at the helm with two of his Special Cuts.
Just three releases deep and Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space record label have announced details of a new offshoot called B.I.S. Records, Inc.
Even in a place as densely populated with tastemakers as New York City, Tim Sweeney stands out. Through his immaculate weekly Beats In Space radio show, Sweeney has proved time and time again that he not only has the nose for a good tune, but he’s not afraid to search the stranger fringes of electronic music for inspiration. Given this impeccable track record, it was probably inevitable that he would turn his hand to running a label at some point. It was always likely, too, that the label would release bold and forthright music that doesn’t fit into any neat pigeonholes.
This week’s Beats In Space was a highlight for several reasons; Gallic gent Ivan Smagghe guested and revealed some intriguing forthcoming Kill The DJ material from Oliver Ho under his new The Eyes In The Heat alias and finished his mix with Twitch’s “Psylent Night” from the free Christmas 7″ we put out. Merci Ivan!
Most journalists will tell you they treasure face-to-face interviews above all else: being in the same room as someone invariably brings out more colourful quotes than a phone conversation or the dreaded email communique. Yet being on the other end of the phone line to Tim Sweeney feels entirely appropriate – after all, his languid, friendly drawl is his most instantly recognisable feature. For the past 12 years he has hosted the weekly Beats In Space radio show from the student-run WNYU studio in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, building his slot into one of the most respected in the world of electronic music.
Sidwho? – aka Surahn Singh Sidhu – hails from Adelaide, South Australia. He’s already been championed by disco tastemaker Tim Sweeney, and has seen his work remixed by DFA’s Jamie Paton (of Cage & Aviary) and the Juan Maclean. He is also part of the Swiss, a 3-piece live disco act signed to Modular, and recently became part of the Empire of the Sun’s live show. With so much on the go, people won’t be asking “Sidwho?” for much longer.