Beach Coma (Ilya Santana Balearic remix) - (6:06) 107 BPM
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.
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.
The unstoppable BBE mandem present the fifth edition of the glorious, surf-rock-ridden Wild Rockers compilations by Keb Derge and Little Edith. These anthologies are the optimal way to find out about that 50s sound we all love so much and they're an absolute goldmine for diggers of the era. The Thunderbolts, The Dynamics, The Jesters, Chan Romero and many more! By hell, it feels like being in a Tarantino flick from beginning to end.
Hot damn daddy-o! Here we have a deliciously decadent collection of rockabilly and surf music from the 1950s. It's all zoot suits, wrap around shades and Bettie Page types dancing on pink and turquoise cocktail tables. Tiki holidays in Hawaii with the sweet smell of 'jazz cigarettes' driving all the young folk into a debauched, kitsch-trash frenzy. Simply 'Crazy man, crazy'!