While they may have spent the last few years focusing on disco, Italo and electrofunk revivalism, the Lee brothers have released their fair share of deliciously Balearic material over the years. It's this side of their work that's showcased on To The Sunset & Beyond, a compilation that picks breezy, humid and sun-kissed highlights from their 20-year career. There's naturally plenty to get the juices flowing, from the cello-laden brilliance of stone cold classic "In The Trees", and the twinkling samba-soul of "Heartbeat", to the blustery live Afro-house of "Kariba" and string-laden ambience of "Weightless". There's also another chance to revisit Rae & Christian's cheery, rolling remix of "Samba", which first surfaced on Nuphonic way back in 1999.
Despite hailing from Glasgow, The Korvids make the sort of woozy, lilting, yearning Balearica that would have Jose Padilla doing cartwheels. "Beach Coma", their debut single for Nang, is faithfully wide-eyed and huggable, with enough loose instrumental elements (glistening guitars, beach-length chords and multi-tracked vocals) to ensure the right level of refreshed bagginess. Jose Padilla duly emphasizes the acoustic guitars on his sumptuous, enveloping remix, while Audio Luxury provide the obligatory Aeroplane-esque sunshine nu-disco rub. The best rework, though, comes from Ilya Santana, who dips the tempo strips the track back to a sparse but warm, disco-influenced Balearic groove.
A Vision Of Panorama cooks up another multi-course Balearic banquet. This time he's flexed his generous, soft-centred sonics on Mellophonia. Each cut is a breezy, warm synth odyssey - highlights include the groove-heavy strutter "Heartbeat" (thanks to its loose sloppy bassline and confident synth shots) and the piano-tickling finale "Mosaic Xylos" (thanks to its flighty broken drums and arpeggiated insistency). The only thing to be wary of here is the misleading title: there is more than one seaside tune here, they're all primed for the beach... And pretty much any other activity or location you have planned this summer.
Generally renowned for their brave support of the fruitier end of disco in the face of disapproving purists, Fruit Of Life have embraced a new direction for this compilation - dub. It's an intriguing artistic curveball for the label and one that largely works. The fastest track of the four featured here just hits 110 bpm, so it's a relaxing ride throughout. Highlights include Javi Gomez's suspended disco throbber "Bad Times" and Mr Capman' crunchy looper "From the Bottom Up".