House of Spirits is the church of sound over which Tom Noble presides, raising the congregation to ecstatic heights from his pulpit of passion.
Noble’s initial attempts at making music began like most collectors-cum-producers, lifting samples from worn records and repurposing the dusty beats into efficient edits. Instead of lumbering in these limitations, Noble opted for a greater challenge by inviting musicians to transform his sketches into a widely – and wildly – dynamic live performance. The resulting studio celebration led to the euphoric Holding On / Keep Holding On 12” for Beats In Space Records.
“Holding On” glides on such a joyous, eventful groove that it’s impossible to confine the track to a specific time or place. Strings, seemingly lifted from a 70s Salsoul twelve, soar alongside a gospel choir preaching positivity for souls both lost and found. Buoyed by a bass lick fat with funk’s sin and guitars glittering in solid gold, “Holding On” embraces disco house authentically and timelessly.
On the flip, Aaron Coyes of Peaking Lights tucks the heavenly wonder of the original under a dub-worn blanket for an out-of-body dream beam. The power of Noble’s composition retains full form against the free-flowing disembodiment of the performers, melting into one amorphous, hustling and bustling entity held together at the whim of Coyes at the controls.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Tom Noble adorns Holding On with the fluorescent sigil of a late night romance. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
House of Spirits’ Holding On / Keep Holding On (Peaking Lights Dub) 12” will be released on May 20, 2014 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” and digitally.
Suffering years of servitude under the hand of the man, Matt Karmil tilled a nonplussed attitude towards sharing his creative pursuits into a garden of dance music delight. From this soulful soil are plucked the gorgeous jams of So You Say (Dirty Tape Heads Mix) / Wheel, his debut Beats In Space Records 12”.
“So You Say (Dirty Tape Heads Mix)” elevates a sweeping disco loop into acid house heaven with a euphoric 303 bassline and hypnotic string sample refractions. The cloudscapes form into more precise patterns on “Wheel”, a filter house jam tweaked to maximum peak-induced joy. Together, both sides of Matt Karmil’s 12” triumph over terrestrial concerns and relish in the heady pleasures of pure house music.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Susumu Mukai animates and extrapolates hieroglyphics of yesterday’s dancefloor into the geometrically inclined cover art. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Matt Karmil’s So You Say / Wheel 12” will be released on Beats In Space will be released as a limited edition 12” on March 18, 2014 and on various digital formats on April 1, 2014.
Hidden Fees is Ivan Berko and Thomas Gluibizzi, lifelong friends and conductors on New York City’s underground dance music railroad. Travelers in multiple decades of the City’s ever-evolving time and space, the duo curate a perfect combination of grit and groove from each corner of the five boroughs and filter through the funky, spunky So What EP for Beats In Space Records.
Stricken of samples, loops and other tools typified in present day dance track crafting and screen mapping, “So What” is “organic music for the modern dance floor.” Berko and Gluibizzi depend on real humans – friends and fellow musicians – to originate proper live studio room works / workouts that breathe, smoke, snort and contort to the body clock’s unpredictable rhythm.
“So What” revels in this communal groove. The minor chord shuffle and percussion pump along rough n’ ready riffs rocketing from saxophone and guitars alike, each element stuffed in-the-pocket by a disco-indebted bassline. The spit-soaked vocals of Christopher Exits strut “So What” from the sweaty depths of a Brooklyn studio and onto the laser lit floor of a legendary night club in NYC’s disco party pioneers’ collective memory (or to the b-side of a Some Girls-era Stones single). Exits’ lyrics examine a narcotic urban codependence from the advantage of a man lost in his own sort of space, an experience we can all identify with or at least dream to believe still happens as cities sterilize.
On the flipside, Tiago touches “So What’s” humanity with acid reflex and a heavy-hitting kick over two strobe-ready remixes. “So What (Tiago’s One Good Mistress Deserves Another Mix)” dune buggies the original’s riffs into sparse terrains before introducing a rich, reverbed Rhodes melody to bring us back home. “So What (Tiago’s One Good… Dub)” embraces the house tendencies of Tiago with a little more pep in its step. The icey colorations of the original track form a slippery but solid glacial floor, while the hand-held rhythms mutate between alien and human pulses.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance contributes the glass-eyed tropicalia cover art for So What. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Hidden Fees’ So What EP will be released on February 11, 2014 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” EP and digitally.
Dukes of Chutney is John Paul Jones and Dustin Lynn, California born brothers from other cosmic mothers who met surfing over a decade ago.
The flavor of the Dukes’ musical chutney is an abstract but balanced mixture of many disciplines. Under the moniker Tom Croose, Jones’ has established a beguiling production touch to various edits and remixes. Lynn is an accomplished filmmaker who has collaborated with artist Gabriel Orozco and directed campaigns for designers Alexander McQueen and Corto Moltedo.
Domino was conceived over two years during which Jones and Lynn were traveling separately and frequently across multiple countries and continents. From a peyote ceremony in Mexico (chants which can be heard echoing on “You, Me, The Chimp and Acapulco”) to hunting for surf along the Icelandic coast (the cold volcanic drums and distortion of “Jan’s Bellski”), Jones and Lynn hoarded field recordings, found instruments and life altering experiences to later process and navigate in a collaborative capacity.
The first Dukes recording session came together in Sausalito, CA, where Jones and Lynn began blending their globally foraged ingredients into what would become the EP’s closing track “Caledonia”. In the midst of trading demos stemmed from this session, they were introduced to Berlin-based vocalist and performance artist Elle P. Conjuring up a wild combo of Grace Jones, Meredith Monk and Trish Keenan, Elle channels these articulate spirits through her own multi-tracking vocal technique.
Although only virtually acquainted, the creative connection among Jones, Lynn and P was unmistakable. Elle soon contributed her triptych mantras and melodies to each of the dark, psycho-tropical jams Jones and Lynn laid out one after the next. Domino deviates slightly from the dancefloor conventions of the Beats In Space releases before it, but also transports the listener to the most serene and psychedelic catalog setting so far.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Domino features artwork by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, the London via South Africa duo known for politically challenging and subverting the topical photo medium. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Dukes of Chutney’s Domino will be released on November 5, 2013 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” EP and digitally.
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Release Date: September 17, 2013
For the Break the Dawn / From Red To Violet 12″, the brightly shining tenth release from Beats In Space Records, Tokyo-based producer Crystal breaks out with a track meant to shred the dark veil of night to reveal a golden sunrise.
According to Crystal, he is generating “straight house music… piano, phrase sampling, energetic vocals, etc.” “Break the Dawn” revels in this simplicity, using a meditative sample to set a groove that crescendos over and over with massive vocal blasts and drum breaks.
When you’ve watched the sun ascend to unspeakable heights, side B reveals that you’ve not just experienced an otherworldly event, but you are indeed deep in space. “From Red To Violet” conjures a panoramic gradient of a Jupiter sunset by using a piano riff ruffle, cascading synth frills and lasers from another era of decadence and disco dance.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Jiro Bevis, the London-based artist with a penchant for pop perversion, shares a subdued but fitting piece for this installation. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Crystal’s Break the Dawn / From Red To Violet 12” will be released on July 30, 2013 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” and digitally.
Side A (45 RPM) – Break the Dawn (7:08) (“Break The Dawn” written & produced by Crystal & S. Koshi)
Side B (45 RPM) – From Red To Violet (6:15)
Aptly titled The Noughties, the latest 12″ from Beats In Space Records features three tracks recorded between 2005 and 2009 courtesy of Tokyo’s humbly dynamic Gonno. A dynamic producer who is clearly not afraid to nest until crucial hatch time, Gonno flies the coop with a wingspan throwing psychedelic color at a sunburst sky.
Blending a spectrum of musical influences and personal touch points about the people (and animals) he’s encountered and the implicit joy / sorrow in that exchange, Gonno’s productions blur the lines between art and life experience.
Propulsive and busy but light and airy, the a-side “Are You Asleep” tucks in the listener under a sequenced duvet ensuring proper dream state dance floors are availed. “Salmon Is Jamming”, an ode to Gonno’s collaborator friend and WC Recordings founder who passed away, strides on the sweet sorrow of a longing guitar line and a building synth billow.
The final phreak-phonetic cut “Notoize” creates a fugue state cross-processing the vague, hyper-evolution of a decade that we’re either catching up to or completely eating its dust. If you ask us, we’re all gonners.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. This 12″ features the Bardo freebasing of Perks & Mini mastermind Mischa Hollenbach spanning an additional two panels of heavy duty inner sleeve. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Gonno’s The Noughties will be released on July 16, 2013 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” and digitally.
Lewie Day – aka Tornado Wallace – ups the meteorological ante and turns in some laser-guided, ethno-hypno, eco-lectro jams for the eighth Beats In Space Records release.
The three tracks of Tornado Wallace’s Desperate Pleasures EP sound like the work of a comfortable yet adventurous producer who isn’t afraid to take a simple yet exotic theme and stride to the other side of the jungle. According to Wallace, this is “music for darker times in warmer climes, for where there is sun there are shadows.”
What began as in-the-moment experiments with an assortment of old synths, drum machines, and dusty library records evolved into three super dapper, viscerally contaminated compositions, each one more zoned in / out than the next.
Drawing from 70s kraut, 80s post-punk, electro, and 90s house and trance, the ten plus years of producing / DJ experience that Wallace boasts allow for all of these elements to fuse together quite tastefully and strikingly at that. Ultimately, these Tornado jams dodge genre conventions for a curious and compelling outcome.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. This 12″ features the tropical creature comforts of Californian Steven Harrington and comes on tri-colored, Day-Glo splattered wax. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Tornado Wallace’s Desperate Pleasures will be released on June 18, 2013 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” and digitally.
CAT #: BIS006
Release date: April 30th, 2013
Delivered from its celestial womb to the human world for inevitable elevation, Tactile Galactics is the new album by Secret Circuit and first full-length release from Beats In Space Records.
Secret Circuit is the guise of Eddie Ruscha (né Edward Joseph Ruscha V), a sometimes sage known and beloved throughout the Los Angeles creative community. Amongst his earliest musical endeavors, Ruscha co-founded Medicine, an overlooked (until Captured Tracks’ comprehensive 2012 reissue project) four piece whose sinister, snarling take on shoegaze landed them as the first American signing to Creation Records.
After leaving Medicine without a bad taste in his mouth, Ruscha’s focus shifted from his shoes to the endless array of LA music stores housing analog synthesizers, drum machines and effect units forsaken at the advent of digital technology. The early experiments were documented to a Tascam 424 four track, seeping into LA soil when Ruscha would slip a dub-infused Secret Circuit production on the PA at his Dub Club mainstay.
Detouring momentarily from the Secret Circuit motherboard, Ruscha joined Thomas Bullock of Rub n’ Tug to record a ludicrously limited edition disco sleaze rock masterpiece as Laughing Light of Plenty. Ruscha and Bullock met again with Tim Koh (Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti), Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, and Harvey Bassett (aka DJ Harvey) on drums to record a 12” as Food of the Gods.
At the turn of the first decade in our second millennium AD, Ruscha dove head first into his studio work. Ruscha likens this immersion to “striving for alien sound or rhythm that feels natural.” Between 2011 and 2012, Ruscha released no less than four albums (including 2012’s year end vision quest, Tropical Psychedelics), a 12” for Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal Spesial label, a handful of blazing mixes on the Cosmic Papers cassette tape series, and his debut for Beats In Space Records, the Nebula Sphynx / Parascopic Rope 12”.
Ever the unsettled settler, Ruscha consciously crafted the bulk of Tactile Galactics’ tracks at 120 beats per minute. Ruscha played with the equalizing value of this boilerplate dance music BPM in much the same way a DJ might — to set a clear course for transcendence. Just as dance music can move one beyond form, so can the abstract properties of the Avant-Garde, psychedelic rock, and dub, which appear in various textures throughout Tactile Galactics.
Tactile Galactics is derived from a dance lineage promoting feel over form; rhythmically explored without abandon — or audience in mind – by the krautrock fringe, put to the slow motion disco test at Daniele Baldelli’s Cosmic Club, jacked into a House format via the Chicago imprint TRAX and honored today via peer psychonauts like Hieroglyphic Being and Lindstrom.
Tactile Galactics unleashes the lysergic choir of voices in Ruscha’s head against a dance grid, but makes sure it stays in soulful step. For the first time on a Secret Circuit recording, these voices are quite literally present via Ruscha’s own vocals, added when “the song called for them.” It’s by this same regard of the powerful unknown that makes Tactile Galactics Secret Circuit’s most incomprehensibly detailed and stunning release to date.
Tactile Galactics features all new and original artwork by Ruscha. Secret Circuit’s Tactile Galactics will be released on April 30, 2013 on Beats In Space Records as a limited edition 2xLP, CD and digitally.
CAT #: BIS007
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
The lucky seventh release on Beats In Space Records rolls on the back of an ecstatic track from Dennis ‘DJ’ McNany – aka Jee Day. A fixture in the NYC dance community as label boss of Run Roc Records, a touring member of The Juan MacLean and an accomplished producer in his own right (see the Like A Child and Auro Go 12s for DFA), McNany knows what music makes a crowd lose its collective mind.
“Sum of Love” is inspired by that euphoric dance floor climax. After a particularly stimulating conversation with a Brazilian sage at his apartment on a cold winter night, McNany dusted off a MC-202 bass sequencer and got to programming the pulse of “Sum of Love.” Envisioning the spacious outdoor Brooklyn venue where McNany was set to hold down a summer residency, the track euphorically evolved into a sure fire smash after McNany’s friend Jee Young Sim recorded two tenderly melodic verses and the duo hammered out the emphatic “call for love” chorus.
With the encouragement of McNany’s friend and collaborator Pat Mahoney, the track was finished and passed from one Dropbox to the next until it found its way to Beats In Space. We passed it along to our friend Lauer, who in turn submitted a house-y remix not far from the tree but rooted in a different kind of dub. Just in time for another summer, these two tracks leave the nest to find new friends of feather in the burning love weather.
Each 12″ from Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. This 12″ features a collage by Hisham Akira Bharoocha, the multidisciplinary artist and musician behind Soft Circle and Boredoms cosmic Boadrum enterprise. The 12″ packaging constructed by Will Work For Good features a removable vinyl BIS logo cling.
Jee Day’s Sum of Love will be released on May 7, 2013 on Beats In Space as a limited edition 12” and digitally.
Side A (45 RPM) – Sum of Love (6:23)
Side B (45 RPM) – Sum of Love (Lauer Remix) (7:51)