Review: Here's a glorious selection of 12 bright and sun-drenched moments destined to be heard daily at the world's coolest beach clubs this summer and inevitably soundtracking a million gorgeous sunsets in Ibiza. This edition features exclusives aplenty. There are two album-only tracks; Tommy Awards gets an Ambient remix from Balearic's Jim Breese. Then The Madrigal blasts off with 'Ride To The Moon,' a completely unique track that's refreshing to hear. Three tracks were previously unavailable digitally, including the debut from Nancy Noise, Olefonken's spacey remix of Hubbabubbaklubb, and Steve Cobby's tropical-jazz remix of Penelope Antena's Tradewinds. Other highlights include Cantoma's 'Abando,' plus an incredible, modern interpretation of the 80's classic Southern Freeez from Paul Murphy. BALEARIC 3 captures the ineffable spirit of Ibiza - perfectly accompanying that unique moment when the golden sun meets the gleaming sea. It's destined to be a classic, go-to album you'll reach for again and again.
Review: The horizontally-inclined duo Jim Breese and Chris Coco return with a second Balearic compilation to further expresses the indefinable spirit behind the movement. Some thirteen tracks and the DJ mix across the generous compilation that is beautifully hazy. From A Vision Of Panorama's Bergerac-style Jersey jaunt "Seaside Tune" to the slack Paqua bass twangs of Simon Peter's "Arc Of Lark" by way of the dreamy cloud funk of Horsebeach's "Midnight" and nylon string introspection of Dream Lovers' "Brasil", this lives up to its name in every possible way. Perfect timing.
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: Lithuanian producers Miskotom are comprised of Mikhail Pletnev & Aleksandra Evseeva who have had some previous releases for the likes of Pleasure Unit and Dreamtime. Recorded with vintage drum machines and distorted synths thrown over to tape in Balearic boss Jim Bresse's studio - these splendid tracks sound like misplaced outtakes from the best of '80s film soundtracks. Besides the slo-mo, neon-lit groove antics of "Ankhesenamun" or "Moonlight In The Desert", we particularly enjoyed the sunkissed balearic (ahem!) swagger of "Hai Bar" and the very Beverly Hills Cop sounding "Midnight Baddie". This follows up some great music on the Ibiza based label of late, by Irish band The Madrigal and the cinematic scores of Sascha Puttnam.
Review: This ambient classic by British pianist and composer Sacha Puttnam gets some outstanding remixes. It is of course "Abraham's Theme" on Ibiza's Balearic. There's a real responsibility in taking on such an emotional piece, as the label themselves have stated, the chosen remixers have proven themselves as a sure bet. Adrian Sherwood's spacey On-U Sound Dub delicately explores the track, working the subtlest elements and combines it all with his trademark tape delays and reverb. Bartosz's heavenly, chill-out journey combines classical elements with bass and jazzy beats: all respectfully nodding to '90s downtempo. It is said to be a secret weapon of sorts, at the label's sunset gigs and that's 'conjuring up that magical Hollywood moment all around the world'.
Review: The Madrigal is back on Ibiza based Balearic, with their second release featuring a spaced out, unreleased version of "Ride To The Moon" by label boss Jim Breese. This cheeky tune will put a smile on your face and as Breese himself best put it: 'few tunes conjure up an atmosphere as perfectly as this one: wallowing in the Spring, getting sloshed!' The Irish band have been mates for 20 years and the fun they have playing together shines through in every note. "Ride To The Moon" in its original version, with its shimmering guitars, latin flair, mesmerizing pan-pipes and hypnotic tropical rhythms are exactly the soundtrack for chilling out on The White Isle this Summer.
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").