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Downtempo / Balearic Recommendations November 2016

Juno Recommends Downtempo

Juno Recommends Downtempo

Downtempo/Balearic Recommendations November 2016
11 Nov 2016
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Cat: UDACHA 13. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Legli Tumanom (7:33)
  2. C - Music (6:48)
  3. Wind Shaped Tune (8:59)
  4. Aerial Dance (6:19)
Review: Surely one of the finest record labels operating out of Russia right now, Udacha welcomes Gamayun back for a second time to admirably dive into the particular spirit that surrounds the label. Somewhere between loose-fit soulful house grooves you might hear on Downbeat and a more mystical, far-out spirit, this mysterious producer is a dab hand at weaving a particularly enchanting spell. The jazzy fluidity of "C-Music" could easily sit alongside some of Vakula's more wayward works, while "Aerial Dance" pirouettes off into an abstract rhythmic space that truly stimulates even as it confuses. Records this fresh-sounding don't roll around every day.
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 in stock $7.61
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Cat: C 56055. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Alaula (6:04)
  2. Alaula (Mudd Piano dub) (5:50)
Review: As it approaches the end of its' first decade, Claremont 56 continues to lead the way when it comes to atmospheric, sun-kissed Balearica. This latest chunk of horizontal goodness comes courtesy of Essex-based Statues, a trio who caught label boss Paul 'Mudd' Murphy's attention after submitting a string of impressive demos. "Alaula" is a softly spun delight, with Grant Carruthers' impassioned vocals weaving themselves around alluring acoustic guitars, rich bass, twinkling Rhodes lines, and Robin Lee's immaculate cello parts. Murphy delivers the obligatory flipside remix, serving up a delay-laden dub built around intricate percussion, life-affirming pianos, and Lee's wonderful strings.
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out of stock $9.51
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Cat: SNDWLP 099. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Sadeo (feat Feather) (5:03)
  2. Water (feat Segun Akano) (4:01)
  3. Quiver (feat Aminah Dastan) (3:42)
  4. L'Horloge (3:32)
  5. Agua Viva (feat Nina Miranda) (3:58)
  6. Kulala (feat Binisa Bonner) (4:30)
  7. Seasons (feat Aminah Dastan) (3:46)
  8. Wind, Sand & Stars (feat Eko) (5:01)
Review: Jeremie Moussaid Kerouanton, simply known as iZem around our circles, is a new face on the downtempo scene, and one which we'd very much like to see more of. Luckily, he's returned with his debut album, and it's on the incorrigible Soundway label; we probably mention it often, but it is one of our meccas when it comes to the leftfield end of the spectrum. This is a proper album and, by that, we don't mean that it sounds good and that every track is amazing; we mean that it works as one single body of music, a real 360 degree view of iZem's point of view. The tracks are as varied as the sounds in them, and from Eastern vocals to improvisational tribalism and subtle waves of deep house, we feel that this is the sort of LP that'll appeal to many different sorts of collectors. The house-heads will like it for its sensibility to other genres of music, the balearic fiends will find it naturally welcoming, and the folk fans will find plenty of inspiration. Don't miss out on this, it's a keeper.
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 in stock $14.40
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Cat: IFEEL 059. Rel: 10 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Brunch With Suki (CFCF mix) (5:59)
  2. Over At Dieters Place (Luis Delgado mix) (3:54)
  3. The Mysterious Island Of Dr Nimm (Nu Guinea Aquarium mix) (5:16)
  4. Der Stern, Der Nie Vergeht (Domenique Dumont mix) (8:07)
Review: Globetrotting producer Mark Barrott now presents several fine remixes of tracks from his brilliant Sketches From An Island 2 LP release earlier in 2016. First up CFCF (Paper Bag Records/1080p) delivers a wonderful rendition of "Brunch With Suki", reminiscent of late 90s, drum n bass influenced electronica. On the flip, there's a wonderful gamelan workout on Nu Guinea Aquarium's truly breathtaking rework that's just made for drifting. Finally there's some smooth laid-back disco vibes, '80s style on "Der Stern, Der Nie Vergeht (Domenique Dumont mix)" and that boogie baseline with those pan-pipes work with each other in perfect harmony.
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out of stock $10.33
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Cat: LMNKV 101. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Twilight (3:55)
  2. Twilight (Jose Manuel Gypsy version) (6:56)
  3. Twilight (Jose Manuel Dub) (6:52)
  4. Twilight (Jose Manuel Voyage Voyage) (6:27)
Review: New York's Quinn Luke aka Bing Ji Ling is always up to some crazy shit. Whether it's far-out strains of exotica, electronic folk, or even some straight-up hill-billie funk, the nomadic artist is always one to look out for. He's up on Spain's excellent Lovemonk label, perennial leaders in leftfield disco and balearica, with the raunchy, funk-tastic guitar riffs of "Twilight", a tune that is so cool and laid-back it could be enjoyed by pretty much all walks of life. There's three version, though, all by Jose Manuel; the main remix drops in a house beat and something of a Latino sound, the dub goes deeper into the bass elements of the mix, and the Voyage Voyage mix takes the listener on a more daring journey, backed by a progressive edge. We love it.
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 in stock $9.51
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Cat: IFEEL 029LP. Rel: 14 Jul 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Baby Come Home (4:21)
  2. Dr Nimm's Garden Of Intrigue & Delight (4:18)
  3. Go Berri Be Happy (4:41)
  4. Essene (4:01)
  5. Formentera Headspace Blues (parts 1 & 2) (8:56)
  6. Deep Water (5:53)
  7. Island Life (3:55)
  8. Back To The Sea (2:13)
  9. Sacret Islands (9:31)
Review: Despite a career in electronic music that stretches right back to the mid 1990s, this album marks the first time that International Feel boss Mark Barrott has released music under his own name. That's a surprise, but then the whole project - quickly recorded and mixed during a period spent living in Ibiza - has a delightfully spontaneous feel about it. Exotic, humid, atmospheric and richly immersive, Sketches From An Island sees Barrott in full on Balearic mode, laying down a series of instrumental soundscapes variously influenced by Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Peter Green and the Orb. It's pretty darn good, too, sounding like a sassier, more cultured version of his 2007 Future Loop Foundation set Memories From A Fading Room.
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out of stock $26.64
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Cat: ZZZV 16010. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Nu Borjar Det (3:08)
  2. Att Lamna Tellus I (Oknen) (5:44)
  3. Att Lamna Tellus II (Solen Garner) (1:54)
  4. Att Lamna Tellus III (Kvallen) (3:55)
  5. Alltid Du (7:02)
  6. Ravjakt (3:17)
  7. Forsent (3:30)
  8. Ett Uppvaknande (2:36)
  9. 55 Cancri E I (We Ran Away) (6:20)
  10. 55 Cancri E II (4:56)
Review: 55 Cancri E may be known as a distant exoplanet to some, while to others it is some truly beautiful and ethereal folk/nu-gaze business courtesy of Malmo via Berlin's Sara Hausenkamp.
She appears again on Denmark label Music For Dreams with her new release. The album is about the search for peace in the soul, a longing to find a home and a journey between planets Tellus and 55 Cancri E. Hausenkamp's seductive yet angelic voice soars above some endearing and transcendental arrangements. We particularly enjoyed the mellow country/blues flavour of "Att Lamna Tellus I (Oknen)" or the eerie and contemplative "Alltid Du" which indeed really showcases that amazing voice of hers.
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out of stock $11.69
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Cat: NUNS 009V. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Tear It Down (12" mix) (7:00)
  2. Sugar Rush (4:19)
  3. Sugar Rush (Dan Wainwright Brown Acid mix) (9:04)
out of stock $9.77
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Cat: PIASR 905LP. Rel: 24 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Stretch Your Eyes (5:11)
  2. Familiar (3:49)
  3. Red Virgin Soil (2:43)
  4. It's Happening Again (4:18)
  5. Stone (3:56)
  6. Trojan Horses (5:32)
  7. Citizen Of Glass (2:47)
  8. Golden Green (3:57)
  9. Grasshopper (2:37)
  10. Mary (5:40)
Review: Denmark's Agnes Obel is no ordinary folk singer-songwriter. Her music always carries something beautifully strange along with it, and this latest album, which has the strangely fitting name of Citizen Of Glass, might well be her most daring work to date. What is particularly special about this album is its production process; Obel has told the press that this extended piece of music consists of layers upon layers of different tracks, blended together to create something new, fresh and compelling. But, that's not all. The duets that you can hear throughout it aren't even human. She's brought to the foray a new technique that involves recording her own voice as a male cyborg, essentially creating the idea that she's singing along to a non-human version of herself. If you're thinking it's all hype, you're wrong; this album is a magnificently executed piece of melancholic pop music that pushes the boundaries of what has become a largely predictable genre as a whole. It's different, captivating and recommended...
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 in stock $20.39
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Cat: 1361 TP12. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. For You (3:50)
  2. False (3:07)
  3. Ivy (3:59)
  4. Torn (3:03)
  5. For You (Baile remix) (5:23)
  6. False (Submotion Orchestra remix) (6:06)
  7. Ivy (Throwing Snow remix) (4:48)
  8. Torn (Junk Son remix) (3:07)
out of stock $10.06
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Cat: GBX 026LP. Rel: 24 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Peel Away The Ivy (0:33)
  2. Black Rain (4:03)
  3. Don't Let Me Dream (5:10)
  4. A Simple Walk (4:56)
  5. Daylight (5:55)
  6. Sparrowhawk (2:07)
  7. Man & Machine (4:14)
  8. Fluchtwege (4:16)
  9. Polymer Dawn (6:04)
  10. First In An Innocent World (4:50)
out of stock $17.13
12
Cat: TRANS 014LP. Rel: 24 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Weep (3:29)
  2. Circuitry (4:47)
  3. Sinking Home (3:39)
  4. Front Of The Line (4:21)
  5. Laugh A Lot (feat How To Dress Well) (2:49)
  6. Treacherous Road (4:43)
  7. Sting Operation (3:49)
  8. Life Of The Party (3:40)
  9. Now Or Never (3:58)
  10. Count Me Out (3:24)
out of stock $18.47
13
Cat: BREDLP 685. Rel: 24 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. It's Never Too Late (2:39)
  2. In The Dark (3:42)
  3. Ragdoll (3:34)
  4. The Mutineer (2:39)
  5. Take The Silver (2:22)
  6. On The Swings (3:15)
  7. I Close My Eyes (3:08)
  8. Underneath The Stars (3:16)
  9. Favourite Chair (2:00)
out of stock $19.56
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Cat: PB 3. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Once Again (5:10)
  2. Sunset Lover (3:58)
  3. Jungle (4:35)
  4. Full Moon (5:33)
  5. Iceland (4:42)
  6. Open Your Eyes (3:42)
out of stock $11.42
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Cat: VP 80012. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Ne Me Quitte Pas (3:52)
  2. Marieke (2:45)
  3. Grand Jacques (C'est Trop Facile) (1:49)
  4. Le Moribond (3:07)
  5. C'est Comme Ca (2:08)
  6. Sur La Place (2:50)
  7. Les Flamandes (2:36)
  8. La Tendresse (2:33)
  9. Au Printemps (2:41)
  10. Le Diable "Ca Va" (2:28)
  11. Quand On N'a Que L'amour (2:26)
  12. La Valse A Mille Temps (3:51)
  13. Je Ne Sais Pas (3:09)
  14. Seul (3:30)
  15. Isabelle (3:13)
  16. Les Prenoms De Paris (2:37)
  17. Pardons (2:20)
  18. Le Colonel (3:13)
  19. Dors Ma Mie (3:46)
out of stock $12.77
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