Review: We all need our own personal headspace from time to time, however the Yam Who? duo behind Midnight Riot have gone one step further and given Balearic Headspace. Volume 'Uno' contains 18 slinky white isle gems to groove to. Highlights include the slow Euro-beat grind of opener "Bestinspace" by Emmanuelle Kant, Massimo Vanoni's "For Your Love (Cosmic Inspiration mix)" features uber cool raw electronic arpeggiation, swirly Moon Safari acoustic vibes on "Come Outside (Sweet Love)" by Laurels & Hardlies and the stompin' beats and slappin' bass of "Love Echo" by Camino.
Review: The second edition in Midnight Riot's White Isle-friendly compilation series arrives some eight months after its predecessor, right in the midst of a long Ibizan summer. Predictably, it's a fine collection of steamy, sultry, sun-kissed fare, with highlights including the Rhodes-heavy jazz-funk bliss of Mushrooms Project's "Rivea Corymbosa", the gently dubbed-out dancefloor shuffle of "Kids" by Shelvoy and Hi-Fi Sean, and the loose and loved up haziness of White Elephant's brilliant "Up For Air". Throw in brilliant contributions from the likes of JazzyFunk, Joe Morris, Yam Who, Jon Dorsey and Joutro Mundo, and you have an essential collection of horizontal treats and saucer-eyed shufflers.
Review: While there's always been something definitively matter-of-fact about the title of the Balearic compilation series, the music they showcase is rarely less than magical. That's certainly the case on this fourth annual instalment. Naturally, the selections touch on a variety of Balearic staples, including Vangelis-influenced instrumental bliss (Max Essa's sublime opener), hypnotic, slow motion grooves (see Simon Peter's wonderful, jazz guitar-flecked "Ottimismo"), flamenco guitar-laden haziness (a killer On-U-Sound version of Los Twangueros's "Entre Dos Aguas"), swirling synth-pop/nu-disco fusion (Faze Action remixing Private Agenda), loved-up blue-eyed soul (Quinn Luke) and deep space electronics (Fabrizio Mammarella's enveloping Ambient Mix of Gallo's "Faron").