Review: Some brilliant business for self-styled "Balearic silverbacks" here, as producer Jesse Fahnestock joins forces with singer-songwriter Emilia Harmony as Electric Blue Vision. Drifting along at a head-nodding 92BPM, 'Other Skies' is an immersive and dreamy slab of sunrise pop rin in effects-laden vocals, glistening guitars, hazy chords and warming bass. It comes with a trio of terrific remixes: a properly dubby and effects-heavy Hardway Brothers take that recalls the work of Andrew Weatherall circa 1990, a gently throbbing, mind-mangling take courtesy of NuNorthern Soul sorts Tambores En Benirras, and a Balearic Ultras revision that re-imagines the track as a nine-minute chunk of slow-motion dub house haziness.
Review: Higher Love Recordings enlists a global array of talents to completely reimagine Jazxing's Pearls Of The Baltic Sea LP, and the results are nothing short of spectacular. From Brooklyn-based Italian Danilo Braca's epic 12-minute transformation of "Fala" to Polotronic's hi-energy reimagining of "W Uscisku" that channels '80s synth-pop - this remix compilation is a sonic journey filled with diverse and reimagined material. Further in, James Bright's remake of "Artifacts" delivers a stripped-back, electronic stomp, while Andres y Xavi's take on "Hyacinth" creates a hazy sunrise atmosphere with acoustic guitar and fragile folk vocals. Das Komplex, Janka, and Balearic Ultras further contribute to compilation with each their own unique interpretation, while Nottingham's Is It Balearic? crew, Coyote, concludes the comp with an organic, percussive campfire groove in their remix of "Vijnana".
Review: Timm Sure and Richard 'Ampo' Hampso are Coyote - a deuce of eclectic house music veterans with a love for dub. For this release they team up with Brighton's Higher Love Recordings Weatherall-esque EP. "After All These Years" opens the journey with a some trip-hop-infused skank, featuring Matthew McConaughey's samples from True Detective while "Blowing Through" borrows a poem from Charles Bukowski, effortlessly blending it with bucolic electronic beats and soaring indie-guitar jangles, conjuring a wistful summer vibe. "I Hear A New World" immerses listeners in a grainy, ambient wonderland of ethereal emissions and harmonic hums, while "Next Morning Version" combines orchestral elements with cathartic drumming, creating an emotive fusion of dub, Balearic, and nu-classical sounds.
Review: Fresh from much admired releases on Sirsounds and Music For Dreams, Ibiza-based Italians Luca Averna and Ale Doretto bring their Residentes Balearicos project to Higher Love Recordings for the very first time. There two original tracks to choose from, each of which comes backed with an equally as inspired remix. 'DC110' is a drowsy, synth-heavy Balearic nu-disco number that bubbles along at a shade over 100 BPM, with plenty of nods towards the stuttering machine drums of proto-house and mid-to-late '80s European synth pop. James Bright delivers a dreamier and even more gorgeous rework, before the duo returns with 'Juno's Dream', a curiously swung slab of mid-tempo deep house colour. A slicker and more hypnotic deep tech-house take from Gold Suite completes a rock-solid package.