Fresh from 1986 - and recently re-edited by John Talabot - documents do not get any more Balearic than this.... Spanish trio Ishinohana's debut album is rich in cosmic attitude. At points daydreaming while the sand laps at its toes (the lilting nylon strings and soft padded hand drums of "Lucia", the overlapping guitars and galloping refrains of "La Flor De Piedra"), at others a much darker, more spacious star-gazing affair (the Arabic dreams of "El Beso Negro") and at others a heavier rhythmic, floor-minded approach (the lolloping bass and reggae-wise strums of "Variacion 23") this is a timeless document that befits situations and sceneries that existed long before this record was conjured up... And will remain so for generations after. Stunning.
One of the many highlights from Tricky D's future dub document Equanimity, "Fight You With Love" features the sultry tones of Katya Tasheva and a bubblesome bassline that's precision engineered for summer soundsystem fun. Remix fix-ups come courtesy of Mr Bird (chunky digidub bounce business) and Steve Cobby (a laidback, sandy-toed Balearic dubwise rendition). Wrapped up with a vocal-free dub and short, sweet radio-ready version, this is all the fighting talk you'll need for the sunny season.
Debutant Mocky comes through on the young and energetic Heavy Sheet label with a blistering LP of no nonsense downtempo and sultry balearica, all rounded off with a charming jazzy edge. Tunes like "Soulful Beat" flutter between shades of ambience and beat-driven soul. "Whistlin" is another gorgeous piece, its beats and basslines verging on 70's style fusion of the highest calibre, while other tunes like "Tomorrow Maker" contain an r&b edge tightly wound in the electronics. It's an album of many shades and layers but also one which flows with total grace from start to finish. Beach gear.
For over five years, London's Chris Read has been BBE's go-to guy for providing praise-winning genre-defining compilations. He has also tackled much of the BBE catalogue, creating mixtapes and remixes. "All Night..." collects the best of all these moments and more. There are 14 memories (and future memories in the form of previously unreleased stuff) to enjoy including Bev Lee Harling's eccentric, rambling, water-splash funk grind "Come On A My House", the bleepy future-soul of Algebra Blessett's "Nobody But You" and Read's own vintage soul clapper "Stop Playing (With My Soul)".
Before Lone became one of Britain's most celebrated kaleidoscopic rave fusionists with the R&S-released Echolations EP and Galaxy Garden LP, he was best known as a beat-maker with a passion for experimental MPC rhythms and dreamy exotica samples. The highlight of this portion of his career was undoubtedly debut album Lemuria, which here gets a reissue replete with new artwork from Konx-om-Pax. It still sounds just as magical, dusty, picturesque and otherworldly as it did back then, with brief moments of rush-inducing clarity nestling side by side with jazz-flecked workouts and shimmering, Boards of Canada-go-glitch beatscapes.
There's a reason why HNNY's "Sunday" is called what it is and take one listen to it and we don't think any further explanation will be needed. It's a marvellous opener that leads into a quirky 20 second loop followed by the Moby-esque "Cheer Up My Brother". Remember "The Sunscreen Song"? For a house version focused on fidelity check out "You Feeling Alright", and there's some dubbed out chimes in "Memory Tape One". Should albums by the likes of The Avalanches, Fat Freddy's Drop and Fatboy Slim to Quasimodo, Leon Vynehall and/or Paxton Fettel be your thing, give this a spin on your next day off.
In-Beat-Ween Music programme of remixes from Lay Far's much loved debut album So Many Ways features an all star cast; Ashley Beedle, Peter Oakden & Craig Smith, Tommy Rawson and Aroop Roy, to Atjazz, Inkswel, Jonny Miller and Thatmanmonkz, to name a few. Inkswel's version of "When I'm Seeing You" is soaked in the warm sound of distorted drum machines and tape delays, while Jonny Miller remix of "Summer Vacation" immediately teleports you to the open air party in the Adriatic Sea coast. Inspired heavily by classic blaxploitation movies, Shadeleaf Music label boss Thatmanmonkz comes up with a dynamic soundtrack for the imaginary chase scene and it's Ashley Beedle who calls shotgun, rewiring the vocal hook from "Yes You Can" with infectious drum breaks, mellow organic chords, piano solos and synthetic bass lines. Fathoms Deep Label honchos Craig Smith & Peter Oakden focus on "We Are The Drum" teasing out a truly irresistible afro-influenced house groove, whilst Tommy Rawson adds some classic house flavour to "Let Me Fly Away". London-based master of reworks and a true nomadic soul, Aroop Roy instils some notable Latin spice to the Sarah Winton featuring "So Many Years" for a superb finale to this round of remixes.