Review: Glaswegian label Invisible Inc has released its fair share of music over the years, specialising in all kinds of proto-techno, psychedelic, ambient and cosmic stuff. Dedicated to bringing music from the outer reaches of obscurity to the inner workings of your psyche, Invisible Inc always has a way of finding previously unheard, rare or missed music that sounds as fresh today as the day when it was made. V is For Vision hits that spot again, be it through the epic pulses of emotional bass in Double Discone's "A Pas Feutres" to 80s goa-acid tracks in "Athanato Nero" or via examples of new age/future percussion music in "Soixante Semaines". Label mates Secret Circuit and Sordid Sound System appear in their known ambient and experimental forms, with The Golden Bug hooking up with In Fields for the wandering and tripped out "La Main Jaune".
Review: A warm welcome back to Los Angeles artist Eddie Ruscha, who here dons the familiar Secret Circuit alias for the first time in two years. Opener "Stomping Ground" sets the tone, delivering Rushca's usual balance between colourful psychedelia, acid-fired dancefloor haziness and swirling Balearic bliss. In contrast, "Crazy Ways" is a slow and druggy affair, with ghostly electronics rising above a throbbing, analogue disco groove. Flipside "Hedz" is a loose-limbed slab of electronic Tropicana full of delay-laden Afro-beat guitar flourishes and eyes-closed electronic marimba melodies, while "The Feather Drop" is a weirder, rougher and altogether odder mix of wild acid lines, sharp electronics and San Francisco style dub house rhythms.
Review: Rattle those shackles and put the escape plan on hold: Sordid Sound System is back for a fourth hallucinatory celebration of Pyshcedelic Dungeon Disco. First up is the deliciously trippy and driving "Die Ewige Nacht", where relentless, dubbed-out arpeggio lines wrap themselves around a similarly restless, low-slung groove, before the Sordid one sprints towards muscular, Moroder-ish territory on mind-altering electro-disco throb-job "Crescent City". Elsewhere, his love and dub, delay and reverb is explored further on the cowbell-rich early morning quirkiness of Afro-psych jam "Dia De Muertos" (our pick of the bunch), while "You & Me" is a druggy chunk of hazy Balearic wooziness.
Review: With Christmas fast approaching, Glasgow's Invisible Inc invites the family round for drinks, board games and the playing of fresh new jams. One-time edit fiend Gazeebo kicks things off with the cascading deep space synthesizer melodies and rubbery, Chicken Lips style arpeggio lines of "Dancing in Orbit", before Der Kundalini registers his discontent at losing at Monopoly by treating us to the spaced-out, slo-mo synth bubbler that is "Journey Inward". Fired up a few too many glasses of egg nog, Konzel stumbles around a stylistic, synth-heavy dub disco landscape (the fantastic "Haptic Didactic") before arguing with Natural Sugars about who should do the washing up. As the latter's groovy, post-punk disco trip "Riddurum Invaders" is the EP's standout moment, Konzel was left scrubbing the roasting tins.
Review: Up next on Glasgow's Invisible Inc is Burundi's Immaculate Rivombo, who has has been living in Berlin for the last five years. She's been honing her sound there: a fresh fusion of the city's infamous love of techno with the wholly organic sounds of her homeland. There is live djembe, square drum, metal castanets, bongos, guiro, jew's harp and mbira. All this combined with her signature use of TB-303 the concoction brings an entirely new meaning to 'tribal' techno. After the slow burning esoterica of "Mbira Girls" there are two versions of "Soudani"; first is the woozy and ethereal slo-mo groove of the Desert Dream version, then the Drum Dance version which works some syncopated polyrhythms into proceedings for more hypnotic effect. Finally, get deep with the epic Afro-acid raindance that is "Mandragora's Scream".
Review: The Invisible Inc label is still up there among our choice label of the last year or so, and that's because there isn't one release - whether disco or leftfield - that we haven't enjoyed thoroughly. We love labels like this. Labels which don't pidgeon-hole themselves in any genres or subgenres and, instead, retain a single-minded thread across all the different styles of music that they offer. The Komodo Kolektif debuts here with a mighty little three-tracker, starting with the oddball, tropical house slant of "Night Of The Leyak", which falls neatly into the comparatively looser and more daring amalgamation of sounds heard on "Binaural Bintaro". "Djakarta 3001" is the perfect way to bring this total TIP of an EP to a close - wondrous synth bleeps flutter longingly over a dubby tribal percussion that makes for the perfect opening tool. Recommended!!
Review: Before plunging headfirst into the world of 4/4 floorfillers under the Bal 5000 guise, Balint Forgacs enjoyed a successful career as a drum & bass producer. There's little sign of that addiction to 180 BPM rhythms and bowel-shaking sub-bass on Bleu Infini, a four-track excursion as warm, breezy and sun-kissed as an afternoon spent baking on an Adriatic beach. Opener "Funky Psychosis" sees the Hungarian pepper a shuffling, tech-tinged nu-disco groove with spacey bleeps, while "Bleu Infini" is a gentle mid-tempo roller built around fluttering chords, Balearic electronics and unfussy drums. Forgacs goes deeper on the slightly foreboding "Il Viaggio Di G Mastomo", before doing a passable impression of cosmic disco sort on the acid-flecked, alien funk shuffle of closer "Jaanipaev Cruisin".
Review: Two years on from his last outing under the alias, Green Door Studio engineer Stuart Evans delivers a new Sordid Sound System EP. As usual, dusty old electronic instruments and analogue hardware are the Glaswegian's tools of choice, with hard-to-pigeonhole thrills being the result. He begins with the Golden Teacher-ish trip that is "The Grove", where echo-laden vocal snippets and dub-wise cut-ups wrap their way around acid-fired electronics and a chugging groove. The densely percussive "Fear Eats The World" sees him wander off towards post-punk krautrock pastures, while "Blues Pour Vivienne" is a slipped waltz beamed down from another planet. A fine EP is drawn to a close by "Sordida Discoteca", a delay-laden voyage into proto-techno territory in the company of a gaggle of Italo-disco and EBM freaks.
Review: The usually prolific - and usually formidable - Invisible Inc. imprint has been pretty quiet of late. Remarkably, this EP from debutants Strange Culture is the Glasgow-based label's first release since August 2016. Predictably, it's a rather tasty, pyschedelic minded four-tracker that shows great promise. Opener "Apples In The Airlock" wraps alien synthesizer lines around a trippy, spaced-out electronic groove, while the warmer and breezier "Violet Ocean" sounds like a loved-up fusion of Italian dream house and sun-kissed Balearica. "Garden of UnearthlY Delights" initially sounds like a loving tribute to The Shamen's "Re:Evolution", before slowly flowering into a bubbly, analogue nu-disco delight. Closer "Transfer Lounge", a pitched-down, dubbed-out fusion of dreamy ambient and lo-fi electronica, is also very impressive.
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.
Review: Tross are a four piece from Sweden with atmospherics intentions. Here on this new four track EP we really get to glimpse into their world of sombre moods and edgy grooves. Echoes of Joy Division resound around manic and nervous post-punk-funk, with highlights including the horror-drone of "War Of Apples", the Peter Gunn-style Americana of "Rainbow" and The Cure-ish "Deluxe".
Review: Emanating from Glasgow's Green Door recording studio, the brilliantly titled Sordid Sound System has recorded and mixed the likes of Golden Teacher, The Amazing Snakeheads and The Junto Club. Now we get a debut EP, full of feverish analogue electro-disco-punk-dub recorded deep in the night on 'the studio's Tascam MS16 tape machine, a Korg MS10 and a rusty Roland Space Echo'. The soundtrack to a million creepy 80s horror movies that never were.
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".