- The eerily prescient Secret Circuit project, producer Eddie Ruscha's self-described nexus of "psychedelic and tropical," has been going its own way since at least 1995, when Ruscha's first musical missives made their way to Tascam 4-track. Gaining traction through self-released collections on his Bandcamp, a series of cassette compilations on Teenage Teardrops and a big 12-inch for Beats In Space Records earlier this year, Ruscha's vision seems now to be revealing itself in full.
"Jungle Dogs / Jungle Bones," appropriately picked up by Prins Thomas's Internasjonal Spesial imprint, certainly feels like a coming-out party: with a driving disco beat anchored by groovy piano chords, vocoder nonsense and all-hardware freakouts, it makes for eleven-and-a-half of the more spaced-out minutes you're likely to experience all day. But as rollicking as he is at his biggest, Ruscha shines most when he strips the beat bare, letting a thick bassline lap at his cavernous drum groove. Tiago, the Portuguese producer first up on remix duties, really gets this: his extra guitar vamps really seize on the spaces between the beats. Thomas himself drops in with a "Bonus Beat," more a streamlined edit of the original than a major departure.
A Jungle Dogs / Jungle Bones
B1 Jungle Dogs (Tiago Remix)
B2 Jungle Bones (Prins Thomas Bonus Beat)