Review: Music for Dreams, the label founded by Kenneth Bager, sets out its stall for the 2019 summer season. It's no surprise that Copenhagen 2019 is a chilled out, unhurried affair. Starting with easy listening pieces from Mike Salta and Phil Mison - the latter's acoustic guitar-led "Morning Lights" is particularly memorable - it moves into low-slung disco courte-sy of the Cheapedits take on Copenema & Thomas Volmer Schulz's "Serei Sei" and the MOR-esque guitar on Rayet's "Marie-Ange" It's sometimes a challenge for chill out compilations not to veer into the wallpaper music category, but Music For Dreams avoids this conundrum with Kojo Antwi's Afro-funk and Djosos Krost's wonderfully dubbed out "That's My Woman".
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: 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: 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.