Review: UK duo Coyote have pretty much become the unofficial Balearic kings of the post 2000 era. Through their releases on Is it Balearic?, Coyote have kept the Spanish islands' tradition alive and kicking, and it's clear that they are mong the few to truly understand what constitutes a Balearic tune and what doesn't. This is not for us to worry about; the only thing we're concerned about is how stunning this new "Cairo" single is, a long, explorative journey of a track that uses a wide array of musical tones to express that inimitable style that can be heard at early mornings on an Ibizian beach. Gorgeous guitar riffs, progressive beats, and that laidback style that has come to define their sound. Check the dub, too, for an extra deep sonic massage.
Review: Leeds-based DJ/production trio Clandestino clearly knows a thing or two about hard-to-pigeonhole, Balearic-inspired music. The first EP on their offshoot label, released earlier this year, was full of top notch examples, and this follow-up, from Is It Balearic chiefs Coyote, is arguably even better. In its' original form, "Fight The Future" is a deep and spacey acid house shuffler blessed with superb piano flourishes. It's accompanied by a grizzly, heads-down house interpretation from Chida, and a swirling, pitched-down Afro Dub from the trio themselves. Also impressive is the cheery, piano-heavy bonus cut "Endangered Garments", which is accompanied by a thrillingly dubbed-out remix by Selvy.
Review: UK Balearic experts Coyote return to Denmark's Music For Dream label with an excellent remix EP of their equally excellent "Inside This". Thankfully, the original cut is in there, riding its funky, deep bass with style, making this more of an upbeat kinda lick for the livelier downtempo hours. There's a fine batch of remixes, too, with Leo Mas and Fabrice dropping two supremely wavy reinterpretations, the first being deep and moody and the second more bass-prone. Max Manetti drops the final remix and, to our joy, it feels like an extended dub cut of Coyote's original. Stay blessed. Cop this.
Review: 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. 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 Cafe Del Mar compilations given a noughties reboot - lead track "Moving" is far more stripped down and dancefloor-centric than any of their previous offerings. 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: Coyote's wide-reaching assortment of post-balearic disco sounds never ceases to please our demanding eardrums, and the duo have done it once again with this tidy EP to launch the Eclectics imprint. "Too Late To Be Scared" travels majestically from start to finish, swaying its groove with slow, liquid-like synths that melt over mid-tempo house drums; there's a Dark Drift mix which ups the tempo a notch and lands on heavier 4/4 territories, while the ambient version revels in an airy, almost angelic wave of sounds that bounce along with the help of subtle subbass injections. A class outing.
Review: Having already joined forces once for a combined release, sun worshippers's Is It Balearic and Bristol-based party animals Futureboogie Recordings have decided to do it all over again. Coyote kick things off with "Sin Distracciones", a sun-ripened chunk of sassy, flamenco guitar-laden Balearic house featuring a particularly seductive, Sueno Latino style spoken vocal. Christophe's remixes, adding some bold US garage organs to give the track a touch more dancefloor grunt, whilst retaining the wide-eyed feel of the original. Head to the virtual flip for "Restless People", a cheery Baelaric deep house gem packed with sparkling guitars and sumptuous vocals. Max Essa's near 10-minute disco remix is, if anything, even better.
Review: Given his success with the similarly minded Buddha Bar compilations, it's little surprise that Music For Dreams has asked DJ Ravin to compile their third "best of" collection. The Mauritian selector predictably does a fine job, delivering two exotic, globally focused mixes of material from the downtempo and Balearic label's extensive archives. For DJs, it's the unmixed tracks that most excite, and the chance to own a fine range of cuts variously influenced by dub, slow house, tango, dub disco and, of course, sun-soaked Balearica. Ravin's selection also includes a few chunky floor-fillers, with the cheery dub of The Kenneth Bager Experience's "What's My Name" and Serge Devant's shuffling deep house rub of Hess Is More's "Yes Boss" standing out.