Review: In 2015 DJ Harvey made his hugely anticipated return to Ibiza and made Pikes the home for his Mercury Rising debut, a concept inspired by the beauty of the real Ibiza, the incredible history of the hotel (aka The Chelsea of Ibiza) and a genuine love for music. This Balearic spirit perfectly and poetically encapsulated by DJ Harvey has seen Mercury Rising widely recognised as the most special night to embrace the island in over a decade. The next step in the story sees him launch Pikes Records - the first record label founded by Pikes owners and Ibiza Rocks co-founders Andy McKay and Dawn Hindle. From his own Locussolus project's slow burner "Next To You" (Marcy Rising edit), to fellow London disco heroes Idjut Boys who serve up "One For Kenny" where they get really deep. There's also party favourite Gatto Fritto with "Invisible College" and Eric 'Dr. Dunks' Duncan, on form as always, with Chris Munoz on the scorcher "Zona De Perigo".
Review: A true pioneer DJ in the Balearic Islands and one of the legendary founders of Ibiza house music culture, Italian Giuseppe Nuzzo aka DJ Pippi remains a world class DJ. As well as being a resident at the island's premier club Pacha, he's also a producer, remixer and label boss of Aluminium Records. His 2016 track "Mr P" gets the remix treatment by Istanbul's Islandman - giving the track a dub-reggae tinged, sun-kissed and lo-slung treatment that's perfect for sipping pina coladas and people watching at Cafe Mambo. The Turkish sound magician in actual fact presents a couple of other remixes from Bager & Co.'s back catalogue: label staple Troels Hammer's "The Singing Clouds" gets the deep tribal rain dance vibe while Jose Manuel's "Babylon" (feat Bababar Dieng) features a splendid and hypnotic Afro vibe that's perfect for drifting.
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.
Review: Boasting a very tidy selection of Ibiza-inspired beats, this new Balearic Grooves collection from the House of House label is packed fill of Mediterranean flavour courtesy of names like DJ Chus, Oliver Klein, Nick Olivetti, Papacha and Soulground among others. Among the twenty Latin-slanted mainroom beats on offer, Circus Night's tribal "Amazonia" and DJ Pippi and IKL's fantastic "Heart of Cuica" are our favourites so far.
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".