Review: Those with a penchant for glistening soundscapes and hazy Balearica will already be aware of decidedly cosmic production duo Seahawks. Having impressed with a handful of acclaimed 12" singles, Invisible Sunrise marks their first attempt at mastering the art of the full-length. As debut albums go, it's hugely impressive, shuffling between sun-blushed fusions inspired by yacht-rock, classic ambient, cosmic disco, AOR, Peter Green-ish blues, dub, Animals-era Pink Floyd and, of course, curious Balearica. Most of the tracks barely get above a horizontal pulse, but their sound selection and composition is first class. One for those fuzzy post-club moments where you just want to lie down and zone out.
Review: Given the richness of texture that characterises Jon Tye and Pete Fowler's prolific work together under the Seahawks name, it's no surprise to see such a splendid cast of artists willing to dive in and play around with their music. And so we have Deep Haul, a collection of remixes, redubs, reworks and what not featuring the likes of Prins Thomas, Ruf Dug, Secret Circuit, Pye Corner Audio and more casting their sonic magic over some gems from the Seahawks discography. It's little surprise Scandolearic don Prins Thomas comes through with an early highlight in the shape of a deft electronic disco rework of "Look At The Sun" (that bassline) but don't brush over Rune Lindbaek's sub aquatic Balearic Italo take on "Rainbow Sun" or the charmingly warm Forever Sound remix of "Paradise Freaks".
Music For Dolphins & People (Parts One & Two) - (10:36) 118 BPM
Radiance Gateway - (1:34) 135 BPM
Rest In Peace - (4:06) 70 BPM
Ten Moons - (6:44)
Creation Tones - (4:54)
Review: Saucer-eyed ambient sorts Seahawks may well be impressively prolific (especially for an outfit dedicated to decidedly horizontal sounds), but they rarely disappoint. Astonishingly, Eternal Beams is their 13th studio set since 2010, suggesting a work rate that would make one of their inspirations, Tangerine Dream, proud. As usual, they combine drowsy, head-in-the-clouds ambient movements with the kind of thickset aural textures usually found on drone and dub techno releases. There's a little less sun-kissed Balearic cheeriness than on some previous sets, with the duo instead inviting legendary New York artist Laraaji (he of zither playing and laughter therapy fame) to put his decidedly cosmic stamp on a number of tracks. The results are, as you'd expect, predictably impressive.
Review: Earlier this year, cosmic excavationists supreme Emotional Rescue served up Whichever Way You Are Going You Are Going Wrong, an excellent retrospective of the Ives brothers that has rightfully featured on many end of year reissue lists. Suitably inspired, the cosmic captains known as The Seahawks set about making music with Woo's vivid brand of electro acoustic folk in their mind with the first fruits present on this 12". Released jointly by Emotional Rescue and The Seahawks Ocean Moon label, Adventures in the land of Woo is quite suitably titled. These two long form tracks essentially recast strains of Clive and Mark's music in the thick tapestry of texture and delay that has become the Seahawks trademark, though adding Horizontal to the start of the title would be more appropriate!
Review: Ibiza institution Cafe Mambo needs little introduction. Starting as a sunset hangout, it soon became a perfect venue for the island's pre-parties and has developed an iconic status worldwide. It has served up thousands of sunsets since it first opened it's doors in 1994 and here's Sunset to Afterdark: an expertly crafted collection compiled by the team behind the successful Future Disco series and Needwant label. This one takes you from those unforgettable sunsets to, like the name suggests, the nighttime where things really heat up. If there is one essential soundtrack required this summer, this is it. Highlights not limited to: Zero 7's sublime drifter "Last Light", Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak's emotive and bittersweet little ditty "Stumble" (Blue Hotel Mix) through to the gorgeous remix of Tempelhof & Gigi Masin's "Blue 13" by Declasse main man Steve Coby. There's even a bit of slinky and uptempo tech house from hot UK duo Dusky. Comes with two continuous mixes for your convenience: Sunset and Afterdark, naturally.