14
Apr
ICE-005 OUT NOW!!!
You can pick it up in our shop: http://invisiblecityeditions.bigcartel.com/product/witch-movin-on
Or in other fine record shops around the world.
For North American distro please contact us, for the rest of the world please contact Rush Hour.

ICE-005 OUT NOW!!!

You can pick it up in our shop: http://invisiblecityeditions.bigcartel.com/product/witch-movin-on

Or in other fine record shops around the world.

For North American distro please contact us, for the rest of the world please contact Rush Hour.

04
Feb

Here’s a preview from our upcoming release ICE-006. If Movin’ On is Witch’s Rumours then Kuomboka is their Tusk; a remarkable follow-up to a timeless album that shows the band taking greater risks in songwriting and playfully experimenting with production techniques. This album is Witch’s stunning swansong before the fast-changing music industry and political environment in Zambia took its toll on the group. Again rooted in American FM radio, from soft rock ballads to boogie, this album sees the group embrace their Zambian roots to a greater degree, which is reflected in the rhythms and even the title of the album. This time around Patrick Mwondela pushes his synth work and electronic production to a whole other level. Kuomboka is the unforgettable last voyage of this legendary band.



European distribution by Rush Hour. For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com
Artwork by Todd Westendorp(p) & (c) Invisible City EditionsICE-006

Here’s a preview from our upcoming release ICE-006. If Movin’ On is Witch’s Rumours then Kuomboka is their Tusk; a remarkable follow-up to a timeless album that shows the band taking greater risks in songwriting and playfully experimenting with production techniques. This album is Witch’s stunning swansong before the fast-changing music industry and political environment in Zambia took its toll on the group. Again rooted in American FM radio, from soft rock ballads to boogie, this album sees the group embrace their Zambian roots to a greater degree, which is reflected in the rhythms and even the title of the album. This time around Patrick Mwondela pushes his synth work and electronic production to a whole other level. Kuomboka is the unforgettable last voyage of this legendary band.

European distribution by Rush Hour.
For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

Artwork by Todd Westendorp
(p) & (c) Invisible City Editions
ICE-006

21
Nov
(Witch recording Movin’ On in Shed Studios, Rhodesia)
Here’s a preview from our next release (ICE-005), Zambian band Witch’s early 80’s rarity Movin’ On. Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship, blending American and African influences and peerless production and synthesizer work by the great Patrick Mwondela. This is the African boogie version of Band On The Run.
European distribution by Rush Hour: www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=71066For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

(Witch recording Movin’ On in Shed Studios, Rhodesia)

Here’s a preview from our next release (ICE-005), Zambian band Witch’s early 80’s rarity Movin’ On. Known for their psychedelic fuzz masterpiece Lazy Bones, this is another side of Witch. This time around the band created another masterpiece, but this time with a whole new sound capturing the spirit of the early 80’s, and changing political atmosphere in Africa with a perfect blend of MJ/Jake Solo boogie, and Fleetwood Mac AOR moves. This is an album in the fullest sense capturing a band at their creative peak, with stellar musicianship, blending American and African influences and peerless production and synthesizer work by the great Patrick Mwondela. This is the African boogie version of Band On The Run.

European distribution by Rush Hour: www.rushhour.nl/store_detailed.php?item=71066
For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

20
Nov
INVISIBLE CITY AUSTRALIA & JAPAN TOUR
Fri Nov 22nd PERTH  Club Geisha  w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ben M & Michael Ozonehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1427546004126330/ Sat Nov 23rd SYDNEY Goodgod Small Club w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, Steele Bonus & NIMHhttps://www.facebook.com/events/641339959220417/ Sun Nov 24th MELBOURNE The Residence w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, NO ZU, Jamie Bennett, Julien Love & Andras Foxhttp://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Music/mmw/mmw2013/Program/Residence/Pages/2bf3d3ad-ad4b-46ed-bf2d-1efa50eaedea.aspx Fri Nov 29th ADELAIDE Sugar w/ Tako, Julien Love & Japeye Sat Nov 30th MELBOURNE Boney w/ Michael Ozone, Andras Fox & Julien Love Fri Dec 6th TOKYO Amate-Raxi w/ KEI&TAKASHI, CHIDA & haraguchichttp://www.amrax.jp/schedule/event.php?id=1384 Sat Dec 7th OSAKA Metro Lounge w/ AZ, Jett, Disuke Kakimoto & Noriohttps://www.facebook.com/events/520508391378005/ BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!

INVISIBLE CITY AUSTRALIA & JAPAN TOUR

Fri Nov 22nd
PERTH
Club Geisha
w/ Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ben M & Michael Ozone
https://www.facebook.com/
events/1427546004126330/

Sat Nov 23rd
SYDNEY
Goodgod Small Club
w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, Steele Bonus & NIMH
https://www.facebook.com/
events/641339959220417/

Sun Nov 24th
MELBOURNE
The Residence
w/ Awesome Tapes, Tako, NO ZU, Jamie Bennett, Julien Love & Andras Fox
http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Whatson/Music/mmw/mmw2013/Program/Residence/Pages/2bf3d3ad-ad4b-46ed-bf2d-1efa50eaedea.aspx

Fri Nov 29th
ADELAIDE
Sugar
w/ Tako, Julien Love & Japeye

Sat Nov 30th
MELBOURNE
Boney
w/ Michael Ozone, Andras Fox & Julien Love

Fri Dec 6th
TOKYO
Amate-Raxi
w/ KEI&TAKASHI, CHIDA & haraguchic
http://www.amrax.jp/schedule/event.php?id=1384

Sat Dec 7th
OSAKA
Metro Lounge
w/ AZ, Jett, Disuke Kakimoto & Norio
https://www.facebook.com/events/520508391378005/

BIG THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!
16
Nov
(Stephen Encinas with Charmaine Forde, Port Of Spain, Trinidad)
Disco Illusion 12”s are now for sale in our shop (and almost sold out!).

(Stephen Encinas with Charmaine Forde, Port Of Spain, Trinidad)

Disco Illusion 12”s are now for sale in our shop (and almost sold out!).

28
Oct
(Stephen Encinas at KH Studios, Port Of Spain)



STEPHEN ENCINAS: MAKING AND BREAKING DISCO ILLUSIONS
Coming out of the 70s and the era of Disco and Discotheques, both of which were enormously popular in Trinidad & Tobago, the release of Disco Illusion in 1979, as far as I could remember, was certainly a commentary on the level of euphoria, coupled with a fair amount of escapism, manifested by the many who flocked to the discotheques on a weekly basis. Complete with strobe lights, fog, complex dance routines, a little alcohol, high energy music with driving, thumping bass elements, the discotheque scene created a place where life’s exigencies could for a while be set aside while being transported to a more blissful place.

Although I guess I was happy when the disco era ended, since as a writer, its passing gave way to a wider focus on more diverse tastes for emerging genres, during its era I was also somewhat enthralled by Disco’s hypnotic call to dance, to de-stress, to unwind, to celebrate, to immerse yourself into that hazy illusion that the song speaks about, if only for that moment. 

Like many of the other songs I have written however, the genesis of Disco Illusion was not as a result of any epiphany, but more an attempt to capture the look and feel of what happened in the club scene at the time. It would however be remiss of me not to mention that Disco Illusion was released months after launching my very first record/45, ‘Rock-a-bye Baby Love’ and ‘Music In Me’, which instantly put me on the map, so to speak, as a young upcoming writer, producer, singer and musician. So positive were the responses to that first production that the market propelled me to follow with another release.

Special thanks must be given to Wendy Eligon, who recorded the lead vocals with me, Michael ‘Toby’ Tobas on drums and percussion, Angus Nunes on Bass, Kenny John on synthesizer (recorder and associate arranger - Disco Illusion), Andy Alexander on Guitar and Judy, Wendy, Kenny and Andy on Background vocals. And I must not forget Annise Hadeed for the phenomenal pan solo on the Lypso Illusion track and Eric Michaud (KH Studio Engineer) for the absolute magic and energy he gave to both tracks.

Over the years I grown tremendously in all of the above mentioned facets of music production and added to this, live performances, which I now enjoy immensely. So with the soon to be released 2014 album, I have everything to look forward to, on the heels of the successful reissue of Disco Illusion, after 34 years, and the responses I have received, even ahead of the limited reissue being available. Thanks to Brandon, Gary and Invisible City Editions, who worked tirelessly after rediscovering an original copy at Rhyners’ warehouse in Trinidad, in convincing me to reissue this track. To all those who called and wrote the many positive things about both tracks, I am eternally grateful. Through your comments, I have learned a lot more about why this track has resonated in the way that it has. Thanks again.

Peace and Love to all, Stephen Encinas

(Stephen Encinas at KH Studios, Port Of Spain)

STEPHEN ENCINAS: MAKING AND BREAKING DISCO ILLUSIONS

Coming out of the 70s and the era of Disco and Discotheques, both of which were enormously popular in Trinidad & Tobago, the release of Disco Illusion in 1979, as far as I could remember, was certainly a commentary on the level of euphoria, coupled with a fair amount of escapism, manifested by the many who flocked to the discotheques on a weekly basis. Complete with strobe lights, fog, complex dance routines, a little alcohol, high energy music with driving, thumping bass elements, the discotheque scene created a place where life’s exigencies could for a while be set aside while being transported to a more blissful place.

Although I guess I was happy when the disco era ended, since as a writer, its passing gave way to a wider focus on more diverse tastes for emerging genres, during its era I was also somewhat enthralled by Disco’s hypnotic call to dance, to de-stress, to unwind, to celebrate, to immerse yourself into that hazy illusion that the song speaks about, if only for that moment. 

Like many of the other songs I have written however, the genesis of Disco Illusion was not as a result of any epiphany, but more an attempt to capture the look and feel of what happened in the club scene at the time. It would however be remiss of me not to mention that Disco Illusion was released months after launching my very first record/45, ‘Rock-a-bye Baby Love’ and ‘Music In Me’, which instantly put me on the map, so to speak, as a young upcoming writer, producer, singer and musician. So positive were the responses to that first production that the market propelled me to follow with another release.

Special thanks must be given to Wendy Eligon, who recorded the lead vocals with me, Michael ‘Toby’ Tobas on drums and percussion, Angus Nunes on Bass, Kenny John on synthesizer (recorder and associate arranger - Disco Illusion), Andy Alexander on Guitar and Judy, Wendy, Kenny and Andy on Background vocals. And I must not forget Annise Hadeed for the phenomenal pan solo on the Lypso Illusion track and Eric Michaud (KH Studio Engineer) for the absolute magic and energy he gave to both tracks.

Over the years I grown tremendously in all of the above mentioned facets of music production and added to this, live performances, which I now enjoy immensely. So with the soon to be released 2014 album, I have everything to look forward to, on the heels of the successful reissue of Disco Illusion, after 34 years, and the responses I have received, even ahead of the limited reissue being available. Thanks to Brandon, Gary and Invisible City Editions, who worked tirelessly after rediscovering an original copy at Rhyners’ warehouse in Trinidad, in convincing me to reissue this track. To all those who called and wrote the many positive things about both tracks, I am eternally grateful. Through your comments, I have learned a lot more about why this track has resonated in the way that it has. Thanks again.

Peace and Love to all,

Stephen Encinas

28
Oct
INVISIBLE TOUCH TEES available in our shop!

INVISIBLE TOUCH TEES available in our shop!

26
Aug
IC store updated with rarities, deals and new distributed titles!
Check it out!

IC store updated with rarities, deals and new distributed titles!

Check it out!

15
Jul
Here’s a mix of African records we made for BIS last week. A couple previews on here of upcoming ICE releases!

Here’s a mix of African records we made for BIS last week. A couple previews on here of upcoming ICE releases!

15
Apr

We are very proud to announce our first vinyl reissue, Michael Boothman’s Touch 12”. These are previously unreleased extended versions of these tropical gems, re-mastered from the original tapes. Officially licensed, limited edition.
Artwork by Todd Westendorp(p) & (c) Invisible City EditionsICE-003
European distribution by Rush HourFor North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

We are very proud to announce our first vinyl reissue, Michael Boothman’s Touch 12”. These are previously unreleased extended versions of these tropical gems, re-mastered from the original tapes. Officially licensed, limited edition.

Artwork by Todd Westendorp
(p) & (c) Invisible City Editions
ICE-003

European distribution by Rush Hour
For North American distribution inquiries please contact us direct: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

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Invisible City is a DJ duo and record label based out of Toronto, Canada.

For general inquiries please email: invisiblecityeditions@gmail.com

For DJ bookings please email:
jamie@crownruler.com

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