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
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.
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
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.
A playlist of music I’ve enjoyed listening to this month, some new, some new to me, some old favourites. Should be about right for the sunny Summer days here in the UK. Huge thanks to everyone who’s shared music, playlists, radio shows, mixtapes and good vibes this month x
Those lovely people from the Chill Out Tent are back with their next big streaming event on Saturday 20th June into Sunday 21st for the Summer Solstice. They’ve gone global this time, with a 24 hour international epic, starting at sundown in the UK and following the sun to the USA, Hawaii, Australia, Tokyo, Bali, Thailand then back to Europe for an Ibiza sunset and after party. They’ll be bringing chilled, eclectic vibes from from around the world together under one virtual Chill Out Tent.
Super nice of 1BTN radio to invite me to join them for a one hour mix, 10 till 11am Monday 1st June. An hour of super mellow, Balearic business with music from Chris Coco, Cantoma, James Bright and lots more. A great station for a great city, thanks to Chewy Beatwell for hooking things up.