Timm Sure and Ampo are producers on the rise. Under their Coyote alias, the Nottingham duo have been responsible for some particularly slinky nu-Balearic moments over the past 12 months. Aside from remixes for Smith & Mudd and Max Essa, they’ve released six EPs and an album, Harlyn Bay, on their cheekily titled Is It Balearic? Recordings imprint.
Previously, their stock trade has been the sort of glistening, dubwise downtempo music that begs, steals and borrows from disco, glassy-eyed 1980s European pop, soft focus deep house, classic ambient house and the art-pop meanderings of Art Of Noise. So far, so Balearic.
This new EP for Uruguay’s fast rising International Feel label – home to Rocha, Harvey and others – is a departure of sorts. While the gorgeous flipside remix of International Peoples Gang’s “Second” is pure sunset Balearica – think Jose Padilla’s classic Café Del Mar compilations given a noughties reboot – lead track “Moving” is far more stripped down and dancefloor-centric than any of their previous offerings.
What’s more, it’s actually rather good. It’s clearly an attempt to create the sort of touchy-feely Balearic house bomb that would have caused a commotion in Ibizan clubs at the tail end of the 1980s. All the familiar elements are there; bongo-laden 114 BPM beats, sensuous, reverb-laden vocal, classic piano riffage and a synth bassline straight out of the Frankie Knuckles songbook.
It could have easily wandered into pastiche territory, but it doesn’t – thanks largely to the deft production and the loving way it’s been realized.
Review: Matt Anniss