Review: Nearly 18 months on from his debut EP for eclectics, Macclesfield's James Bright returns to the label with two new compositions. 'The Outside' is a chunky cosmic disco jam with a rhythmically pulsing bassline and a simple, plodding 80s drum beat underpinning Ofra Haza-like vocal wails and sci-fi synths, while 'Suburbia' is similar in overall MO but a little more fluid in its movements. On the remix front, Woolfy transforms 'The Outside' into a slice of blissed-out Balearica, while Hardway Bros perform a similar trick with 'Suburbia' on the ALFOS Has Risen Remix, which adopts a slightly kitchen sink-ish approach.
Review: Having already delivered a handful of excellent EPs for the label, Eclectics has wisely decided it's time for nu-Balearic explorer James Bright to have his work remixed. Vanity Project steps up first, adding mazy Moog style synth sounds and sunrise-ready electronics to a slow-motion dancefloor groove on an inspired rework of 'Black Roads', before pushing up the tempo on a sublime digi-dub-goes-Balearic tweak of 'The Level'. Label regulars (and occasional Claremont 56 artists) Statues tackle the same two tracks. Their revision of 'Black Roads' is super-slow and insanely immersive, sounding not unlike Seahawks after a few too many tokes on David Gilmour's bong, while their take on 'The Level' is a folksy, wide-eyed Balearic delight.
Review: It's not so often we see from the enigmatic James Bright, a new agey, new-waving, disco producer outta the UK whose music in an intermittent way has, over the years, made it to obscure Russian labels further afield to others like Nang and the now defunct Tundra label via his Lux project with Seve Miller. Now with The Bournemouth-based Eclectics label (think 20/20 Vision) whom he contributed the track "Love" in a compilation they released last year, Bright delivers a fully accomplished piece World So High EP. The record brings together Avalon-era Roxy Music nous to the outer reaches of Balearic genre experimentation, shiny pop and exotica, with some new age that has us thinking Deep Forest. Our picks: "Sula" and "Transmission Station".
Review: Is the sheer pace and stress of 21st Century living getting you down? Time to unwind with this collection of downtempo and Balearic bizniss from eclectics, a label that's been turning out the White Isle-friendly grooves from the somewhat more intermittently sun-drenched location of Bournemouth, UK since 2017. Stylistically, tracks range from the bass-y, slo-mo disco of James Bright's 'Caribou', to the sultry tropical vibes of Sam Back2MyHouse's '120 Degrees In The Shade' and the plinky-plonk synth-pop of Guy Mayan's 'Dreaming'; what ties it all together is the overall lazy, sunset-friendly feel. Pass the sun screen... oh, and mine's a mojito if you're offering!
Review: In the 18 months that have passed since the Eclectics label launched, the imprint has delivered a string of must-have EPs from lesser known producers and rising stars. Their latest signee, James Bright, fits that profile. A maker of downtempo grooves and Balearic beats since the dawn of the decade, Bright's releases have thus far been surprisingly limited. This is a surprise, especially since "Pacific Bright" contains some wonderful material. Opener "Mnemba", for example, is a stunning sunset soundscape bristling with lazy guitar solos and fluid pianos, while "La Digue" wraps synthesized marimba melodies around a chunky, dub-disco inspired Balearic groove. Also worth checking is "Roatan", an intensely picturesque soundscape full of elongated chords, lilting trumpet solos and gentle Spanish guitars.