Ursa’s Reef – The Ninth Gate [EYE007]

Ursa’s Reef is a late 80’s traveller and surfer wandering endlessly in the secluded raves of Goa, searching for his own soul while dancing in abandon to the proto-Trance journeys of Goa Gil. Brought up in Sintra, Portugal, by a family of uptight catholic hypocrites, UR goes rogue in his early 20’s, seduced by the esoteric teachings of Levi, Pessoa, Crowley and Israel Regardie while keeping an unhealthy obsession with Roxy Music. He is also a fictional, made up persona – a musical heteronym – of Lisbon-based DJ and producer Marco Rodrigues, mostly known for his work under the name Photonz. Together with his friend Jose Acid – a musical heteronym of Joao Ervedosa AKA Shcuro – he makes one last trip to Goa that could prove fatal.

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Ursa’s Reef – The Ninth Gate [EYE007]

Violet – The Chain EP [EYED004]

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One Eyed Jacks with the 2nd EP from portuguese DJ, producer, rapper Violet The remx is by the anonymous and enigmatic portuguese producer from Cascais, Ursa’s Reef. Violet’s The Chain EP, powers through the space-time limits of your usual clubbing experience, overflowing with noospheric soul and surfing your naive raver brain while seeking to manifest itself outwards, in the form of empathy and air-fisting, ultimately revealing the great lie of separation and time-binding objective “reality”.

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Violet – The Chain EP [EYED004]

Roundhouse Kick – ARM1X [EYE005]

RoundHouse Kick are a couple from Portugal, one with unusual couple fixations: they’re constantly buying, experimenting and selling synths, drum machines and records. Combining analogue and digital in search of an honest, evocative sound, inspired in equal parts by the increasingly documented traditions of Detroit and Chicago and the formative early years of a naive and emotional portuguese rave scene. The release is completed by two versions by Auntie Flo.

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Roundhouse Kick – ARM1X [EYE005]

VA – Dead Cities Vol.1 [EYED001]

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Portuguese duo Photonz curate Dead Cities compilation – whose title is inspired by the Future Sound of London album of the same name – which is the most articulate expression yet of their love of warped electronic music. Limiting the selection to a group of artists who are close, local Portuguese talent is prominent and due to this tightly-knit approach, there is a cohesive sound on the compilation, but it could never be called smooth or polished.

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VA – Dead Cities Vol.1 [EYED001]

Pal + – The Forest [EYE004]

The Forest is the debut release from Pal +. The two tracks on The Forest demonstrate Pal+ to already be in possession of a fully formed sound notable for its disregard for standing still. The Stottifield vacuum of grainy textures that permeate the opening moments of “The Forest” are soon engulfed by the orchestrated light of the track in full flight, while “Inside” is a constantly shifting mass of jacking drums and deranged key stabs. The mysterious German duo Snuff Crew are commissioned to remix the title track, and they turn in a suitably grubby rework with killer staccato drums, the end result being a vastly different vibe to the original cut.

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Pal + – The Forest [EYE004]

Sangue de Cristo – Ponta do Mato / Cova do Vapor [EYE003]

One Eyed Jacks label offers a sterling collaboration between Photonz and Tiago Miranda. Both Portuguese natives, they’ve dedicated the tracks to remote, desolate beaches outside their capital city. ‘Ponta do Mato’ is a a sublime, supple Baleari-tinged groover with warm traces of classic Acid House done in deeply romantic style, while ‘Cova do Vapor’ is more disco-jacked and psychedelic with frothy cosmic synthlines.

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Sangue de Cristo – Ponta do Mato / Cova do Vapor [EYE003]