Review: Secret Studio Records sixth offering (SCS06) features the Circling Vultures, a hardware driven project fronted by Chicago natives Justin Long (Hugo Ball) and Ken Zawacki (Dar Embarks). On Dark Spring EP, the title track sounds like an early Regis track on Downwards that's being played on the wrong speed, while "Goblin Cleaver" goes for the same kind of rusty acid jack that homeboy Hieroglyphic Being does. B side cut "When Titans Fall" is a dirty, slow grinding thriller full of clattering vintage drum machine rhythms and and the raw pulsating energy of pawn shop synths. Secret Studio Records, is a blue collar DIY label and production team based out of California's Bay Area with deep roots to Chicago. They've established a strong acidic catalog centered around hard-hitting jack tracks and lo-fi techno with raw aesthetics. The label features co-productions with D'Marc Cantu, D-Wynn and Jason Kendig (Honey Soundsystem), while also releasing EPs by fringe/upcoming artists. Secret Studio Records is a vinyl only label at heart, focused on short runs of 200-400 copies, hand-stamped and numbered with limited distribution.
Review: Tyrell Williams and Bryan Balli form Secret Studio, a techno and acid house outfit releasing only on wax. Breath is the third and latest release on their own SS Records, and the track itself is a moody acid stomper with plenty of background atmospherics and one lean, mean percussive machine. Flip the wax and you got "Yeah", a more head-nodding approach to their 303 debauchery this time, but one that nonetheless get their point across: slamming beats, stripped grooves and a whole load of acid. Dig it.