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Thursday 30 June 2016
Singles
Running EP
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Running EP (12" repress)
Cat: VER 095. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Running (The Chase)
  2. Kalvier
  3. Bonobobeat
Review: It's been a while since we last heard from Jan Schulte and Diskoking Burnhart McKoolski's Bufiman project - two years, in fact. After previously plying their wares on Verein Freir Menschen und Musik, the eccentric Balearic/disco duo have been snapped up by Gilb'r's Versatile imprint. "Running (The Chase)" is something of a killer - a driving chunk of clavinet-laden disco fuelled by a seriously heavy post-punk/dub disco bassline. "Kavalier" is deeper and spookier, with new age synth melodies riding a loose, Afro-influenced groove. The slower "Bonobobeat", meanwhile, is a low-slung delight, with snaking synthesizer lines wrapping themselves around dense, head-nodding disco percussion.
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Video Magic
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Cat: RBLRC 002. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Video Magic (4:11)
  2. Video Magic (Chris Coco Balearic 12" mix) (8:21)
  3. Video Magic (Ichisan remix) (5:55)
  4. Video Magic (Daniel Solar remix) (6:48)
Played by: The Beat Broker
Review: Living up to their name, Ibiza-London-based label Real Balearic return for a second horizontally-inclined offering with San Francisco's Sorceror at the controls. With prior Sorceror releases on Catune, Tirk and Is it Balearic? Dan Judd's credentials are firm and Video Magic is a fine 12" addition to his discography. Featuring some shimmering guitar from Alesis Wedge, the original version of "Video Magic" is as warm and comforting a slice of contemporary Balearic as you could wish for, with further magic found in the accompanying remixes. Chris Coco ups the cosmic factor to 11 on his Balearic 12" mix, whilst the B side sees Ichisan turn in a glistening revision that really heightens the guitar lines. Daniel Solar adds a darker edge to his closing remix which might push the buttons of DJs looking for some dancefloor weight.
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Albums
Sketches From An Island 2
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Sketches From An Island 2 (gatefold heavyweight vinyl 2xLP (side 4 etched) + MP3 download code)
Cat: IFEEL 055L. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Brunch With Suki (3:42)
  2. Over At Dieter's Place (3:13)
  3. Driving To Cap Negret (4:25)
  4. Winter Sunset Sky (5:21)
  5. Distant Storms At Sea (5:56)
  6. Cirrus & Cumulus (5:15)
  7. Der Stern, Der Nie Vergeht (5:42)
  8. Forgotten Island (2:52)
  9. One Slow Thought (5:30)
Review: Globetrotting producer Mark Barrott has been creatively reinvigorated since moving from Uruguay to Ibiza a few years back. Here, the exiled Sheffielder serves up a second helping of Sketches From An Island, once again proving that his Balearic instincts are as sharp as ever. As with the first volume, Barrott focuses on sun-kissed positivity, variously blending head-nodding hip-hop beats, jazzy guitars, dreamy synths, hazy trumpet solos, Jose Padilla influences, Reichian marimba patterns, and a variety of knowing global influences. This is music to soundtrack sunsets, sunrises, lazy afternoons by the pool, and humid evenings supping ice-cold cocktails. In truth, few do it better than Barrott.
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Tuesday 28 June 2016
Singles
Stay
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Stay (12" repress)
Cat: DINER 002. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Stay
  2. Venus Requiem
Review: Having previously impressed on Argot and Home Taping Is Killing Music with her blends of evocative deep house and floor-friendly Chicago rhythms, The Black Madonna tries a different approach on this debut for the recently launched Night Owl Diner label. You could certainly describe both tracks as "Balearic", and there's a real air of wide-eyed positivity about the tumbling melodies, swirling synth-strings and mid-80s pop production of head-nodding deep house cut "Stay". It's pretty darn tasty, all told. Almost as good is "Requiem", which appears to be built around a loop lifted from Cherrelle and Alexander O'Neal's "Saturday Love" (with, of course, additional synths and tuneful electronics).
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Sketches From An Island 2
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Cat: IFEEL 055CD. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Brunch With Suki
  2. Over At Dieter's Place
  3. Driving To Cap Negret
  4. Winter Sunset Sky
  5. Distant Storms At Sea
  6. Cirrus & Cumulus
  7. Der Stern Der Nie Vergeht
  8. Forgotten Island
  9. One Slow Thought
Played by: Roy Comanchero
Monday 27 June 2016
Albums
Prodigal Son
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Cat: APR 081LP. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Memory Lane (4:02)
  2. March Of The Drunks (2:49)
  3. Land Loop 2 (0:30)
  4. ANGHAM (3:48)
  5. Memory Lane (reprise) (1:16)
  6. Double Vision (4:12)
  7. Last Call (3:45)
  8. Feel At Home (4:19)
Balearic 2
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Balearic 2 (2xLP)
Cat: BLRC 2LP. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Stratus - "Tisno" (7:23)
  2. A Vision Of Panorama - "Seaside Tune" (4:45)
  3. Simon Peter - "Arc Of Lark" (6:18)
  4. Giorgio Tuma - "Through Your Hands Love Can Shine" (with Laetitia Sadier) (4:11)
  5. Horsebeach - "Midnight" (part 2) (3:31)
  6. Young Gun Silver Fox - "You Can Feel It" (3:19)
  7. Jacob Gurevitsch - "Mexican Margarita" (4:41)
  8. Dream Lovers - "Brasil" (4:59)
  9. Bing Ji Ling - "Hangin On A String" (Lexx reconstruction) (4:43)
  10. Faze Action - "Chiiko" (feat Zeke Manyika) (4:28)
  11. Eugene Tambourine - "In The Good Life" (feat Yevhen Varela) (4:53)
  12. Ruf Dug - "Dominica" (Kenneth Bager Sunset ambient mix) (5:26)
  13. Sacha Puttnam - "Abraham's Theme" (3:48)
Review: The horizontally-inclined duo Jim Breese and Chris Coco return with a second Balearic compilation to further expresses the indefinable spirit behind the movement. Some thirteen tracks are spread across the generous two slabs of vinyl for a compilation that is beautifully hazy. From A Vision Of Panorama's Bergerac-style Jersey jaunt "Seaside Tune" to the slack Paqua bass twangs of Simon Peter's "Arc Of Lark" by way of the dreamy cloud funk of Horsebeach's "Midnight" and nylon string introspection of Dream Lovers' "Brasil", this lives up to its name in every possible way. Perfect timing.
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Balearic 2
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Balearic 2 (unmixed CD)
Cat: BLRC 2CD. Rel: 04 Jul 16
  1. Stratus - "Tisno"
  2. A Vision Of Panorama - "Seaside Tune"
  3. Simon Peter - "Arc Of Lark"
  4. Giorgio Tuma - "Through Your Hands Love Can Shine" (with Laetitia Sadier)
  5. Horsebeach - "Midnight" (part 2)
  6. Young Gun Silver Fox - "You Can Feel It"
  7. Jacob Gurevitsch - "Mexican Margarita"
  8. Dream Lovers - "Brasil"
  9. Bing Ji Ling - "Hangin On A String" (Lexx reconstruction)
  10. Faze Action - "Chiiko" (feat Zeke Manyika)
  11. Eugene Tambourine - "In The Good Life" (feat Yevhen Varela)
  12. Ruf Dug - "Dominica" (Kenneth Bager Sunset ambient mix)
  13. Sacha Puttnam - "Abraham's Theme"
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