Review: Here's a glorious selection of 12 bright and sun-drenched moments destined to be heard daily at the world's coolest beach clubs this summer and inevitably soundtracking a million gorgeous sunsets in Ibiza. This edition features exclusives aplenty. There are two album-only tracks; Tommy Awards gets an Ambient remix from Balearic's Jim Breese. Then The Madrigal blasts off with 'Ride To The Moon,' a completely unique track that's refreshing to hear. Three tracks were previously unavailable digitally, including the debut from Nancy Noise, Olefonken's spacey remix of Hubbabubbaklubb, and Steve Cobby's tropical-jazz remix of Penelope Antena's Tradewinds. Other highlights include Cantoma's 'Abando,' plus an incredible, modern interpretation of the 80's classic Southern Freeez from Paul Murphy. BALEARIC 3 captures the ineffable spirit of Ibiza - perfectly accompanying that unique moment when the golden sun meets the gleaming sea. It's destined to be a classic, go-to album you'll reach for again and again.
19 Stevie Wonder - "For Once In My Life" - (1:44) 111 BPM
20 Esquries Now - "Think" - (2:34) 110 BPM
21 Janko Nilovic - "Drug Song" - (3:08) 89 BPM
22 Mario Nascimbene - "Shake N Bake" - (2:04) 57 BPM
23 Idris Muhammad - "Brother You Know You're Doing Wrong" - (5:42) 121 BPM
24 100% Posion - "Windy C" - (5:31) 97 BPM
25 Open Sky Unit - "Sunshine Starr" - (5:13) 98 BPM
Review: As you can see - and hear - the Strictly Breaks imprint is back with another monster compilation, filled with the same charm and charisma as all of the other Soul Treats series, and it's time for number 19 in the series! Opening with Aretha Franklin's "Big Man" is a clear statement of intent, and that's closely followed by Junior Parker's "The Tax Man", so you know this is a soul compilation done absolutely correctly. If anything, it serves as a wonderful review of the very best music to represent a sound and an era that will forever remain timeless; but this ain't no amateur gear...just go an indulge in tunes from the likes of Joyce Williams, Charles Earland, James Spencer, Stevie Wonder and many, many more soul heroes.
Review: The second installment of the various artist EP from Soul Deep focuses in, unsurprisingly perhaps, on the deeper side of D&B with some soulful, jazzy and darker flavours thrown in across the eleven-track selection. Opening cut "Live The Dream" by Jam Thieves gets things started with sparse, ticking beats and the faintest of piano shimmies, and so we are taken through such moments as the upbeat chiming tones of Integration Now - "Everybody" and echoing vocals of Soul Connection - "Baby". Obscure takes things on a slightly darker tip in "Renaissance", which draws the EP to a close.