Hot on the heels of his early Summer Betamax EP, prolific balearic producer James Bright is back with his new 5 tracker, the Zooniverse EP on Quattro Music. His trademark shimmering, summery sounds are showcased here, with those bubbling, hypnotic acid lines never far away.
Head nodding chuggers for headphone hedonism are the elements of this universe, rather than big room bangers. We can all extend our Summer season with these downtempo poolside classics.
The escapist ambience starts with opener ‘Timelapse’, a cinematic glide with echoes of the Thievery Corporation. Then onto title track ‘Zooniverse’, with it’s brooding acidic throb. Track three is ‘Patchouli’ a deeper, swirling trip of psychedelic dub, and a personal favourite for me. ‘Freq Out’ is next, a mid tempo dancefloor cut with nagging 303’s and atmospheric synth lines. Finally JB lets us down gently with closer ‘Cosmos,’ a slo-mo tropical journey, with ringing guitars, merimbas and yes, that essential squelch.
Top drawer balearic business, an essential purchase, download or stream.
Just in time for the last of the Summer sun it’s here, the Balearic anthem we’ve all been waiting for! Sally Rodgers from A Man Called Adam joins forces with Leo Mas & Fabrice on Kenneth Bager’s Music for Dreams label for this relentlessly euphoric house anthem. Available in a string laden full vocal version or driving, acidic after hours dub, it’s a joyful package. Track it down here as a matter of urgency
Phil Cooper’s NuNorthern Soul label has secured another classic re-release, this time a five track collection of early works from iconic Mallorquin guitarist and composer Joan Bibiloni. ready for release on September 12, 2020 both on vinyl and digital
Culled from a period beginning in 1982, with the release of his debut solo album ‘Joana Lluna’, to 1989 and his ‘Born’ album, both released on Bibiloni’s own Blau label, and taking in the staggering 1988 album ‘For A Future Smile’ (issued on Polygram sub-label Theta), these recordings offer a glimpse of Joan Bibiloni at his most musically adventurous. What’s more, they offer a bonafide reflection of the island of Mallorca and a genuine sound of the Balearic isles.
There’s a real breadth to his musical range shown here, taking in classical, folk, funk and jazz influences, all brought together into a definitively Balearic sound. It’s a joyful release from first to last, make sure to add it to your collection. Check the Soundcloud sampler below for a flavour of this superb release.
Original lyric video for Steve & Teresa’s “Catching A Wave”, timeless ode to surfing. Illustrations and animation by Kelsey Ige @alohawares. Music and words by Steve Ma‘i‘i. Reissue produced by Roger Bong for Aloha Got Soul.
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Steve Ma‘i‘i and Teresa Bright enchanted every listener they encountered, including engineer Rick Keefer, who convinced the pair to record at his Sea-West Studios in nearby Hau‘ula. Steve and Teresa cut the album in less than three hours. The resulting LP gave Hawai‘i one of its greatest musical gifts of the 20th century, a song entitled “Catching A Wave”. http://www.alohagotsoul.com
New guest mix and interview with the lovely Dave Howell from the Music for Beaches radio show in Sydney, was great to have a chat and share some music. Do check out the archive of shows, always a great selection of chilled sounds from Dave.
1. Greg Foat – Island Life
2. Joan Bibiloni – Sa Fosca
3. Pink Floyd – San Tropez
4. Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti – EVA
5. Luca Averna, Chris Coco, Micko Roche – Mare
6. John Beltran – Entardecer (Motor City Wine – Peter Croce’s label!)
7. Roisin Murphy – Something More
8. Steely Dan – Jack of Speed (Air Zaire Edit)
9. Mild Life – Rare Air
10. Steve & Theresa – Catching a Wave
11. Wilson Tanner – Sun Room
Ewan Pearson refreshes the Monday’s 1990 classic, all the mixes are super nice, but the epic 9 minute dub mix is my pick, sorted!
John Beltran is welcomed into the MotorCity Wine Recordings family with his sun-drenched and soulful debut entitled “Back To Bahia”. Titled after his MCW residency of the same name, the release combines Deep House, Jazz, Boogie, and, of course, música popular Brasileira flavors to welcome the sunshine into your life. All tracks on the EP are top quality, with my personal favourite being ‘Entardecer’ with it’s slo-mo latin guitar being a perfect Summer soundtrack. Available here in digital, or if you’re quick you can pick up a ltd 7″ single from Juno
“The melancholic suburban soul of ‘Southern Freeez’ never gets tired for me….an album that has remained at the top of my Brit Funk pile!” – GILLES PETERSON
Who’s going to argue with Gilles? Not me for sure, the classics have been polished and remastered and the new material is gorgeous…
The latest release from the collaboration between Chris Coco and Luca Averna, with the delicate, atmospheric guitar work of Micko Roache, it’s a timeless, shimmering slice of Balearic perfection. Surely destined to soundtrack sunsets all Summer long, an essential addition to your collection.