Balearic . Yacht Rock . New Age . Downbeat


Genre pick of the week Cover of Late Night Tales - Jon Hopkins by Various Artists.
Requiem for a dreamstate. It’s possibly somewhere between heaven, hell and high water, down the Thames Delta towards Eden. It may involve techno and a distorted state or simply mates sat listening to music together, drifting on the open sea of their minds. This is Jon Hopkins’ world, not so much joining the dots as colouring the whole damn picture in.

The story arc with which Hopkins succeeded on 'Immunity' makes its appearance on Late Night Tales, with a perfectly sculpted excursion on this widescreen selection. Opening with the unreleased 'Sleepers Beat Theme' by composer Ben Lukas Boysen, ghostly pianos skip elegantly hither and thither, among rising strings, as on Darkstar’s ‘Hold Me Down’. Nils Frahm is here, his sonic palette perfect for the job, while labelmate A Winged Victory For The Sullen contribute ‘Requiem For The Static King Part I’. Sigur Ros offshoot Jónsi & Alex’s heroic ‘Daniell In The Sea’ sends us forth towards the Baltic with tears streaming.

Beats occasionally appear, as on the Grace Jones-sampling ‘Yr Love’ by Holy Other or the pair of Black Country acts Bibio and Letherette, whose ‘After Dawn’ is almost spry in comparison to the minor key symphonies on display here. The perfect contrast to this comes from Alela Diane’s wistful ‘Lady Divine’ or even Four Tet’s mesmerising ‘Gillie Amma I Love You’, with its enchanting kids’ choir. Exclusive to this release, Jon Hopkins provides a startlingly vulnerable new piano version of Yeasayer’s ‘I Remember’.

Poet and fellow Brian Eno collaborator (their joint album 'Drums Between The Bells' was released by Warp in 2011) Rick Holland narrates the exclusive spoken word closer 'I Remember', underpinned with additional sound design by Hopkins.

"Putting this album together was a unique opportunity for me to present music that I have been listening to for years, free from the constraints of a club setting or from trying to stick to one genre. I chose tracks not just because they have been important to me but because of how they sit together, putting as much thought into the transitions and overall narrative as I did into the track choices. I mixed by key and by texture more than anything else, using original sound design, pivot notes, and often recording new synth or piano parts to link things together in a way that flows as naturally as possible." - Jon Hopkins, December 2014

After finding their way into the record box of pretty much every Balearic DJ worth their salt with their debut release, Dos Palos have been reworked and remixed by Seahawks, Neil Diablo and in-house label musical lynchpin, B.J.Smith. The Seahawks mix of "I've Been Around" dives right through the looking glass into the psychedelic ocean hidden below to create a truly tripped out version with fractured vocals and a cantering groove reminiscent of Quintus Project's "Night Flight". The yacht-rockers add elevating synth chords and subtle brass to coax the listener in and lift the track towards heaven. Next up, Neil Diablo flips "Lady of the Westway", creating a deep and dense vision for the track, underpinned with tougher percussion this has the 'Lady' walking the empty streets of Manchester at 4am on a Spring morning as the sun is rising. Neil works well with Robin's cello arrangement and enhances it with powerful accompanying chords, chopped vocal refrains and a solid bassline. Last but not least we have B.J. Smiths 10m + excursion, built with the DJ in mind and those twilight Adriatic dance floors at its soul. Ben adds Chris Rea guitars and warm hammond  vibes to lend an edge and chugging throb that builds before dropping off for that 'calm before the storm' moment. After it's peaked and reached its crescendo the fade out is pure DJ heaven, the haunting vocals continuing for the mix out… Lovely.

Emotional Rescue's latest reissue project sees them collect three separate EPs of collected material from Dunkelziffer, one of Germany's best - if most underrated - bands. Arriving at the end of the Krautrock explosion of the 1970s, Dunkelziffer was formed out of the original sessions that created the classic Phantom Band, and was centred around Dominik von Senger (Golf Channel), Reiner Linke and Helmut Zerlett, but with a cast of floating members that included Jaki Liebezeit, Damo Suzuki, Olek Gelba, Wolfgang Schubert, Stefan Krachten and Matthias Keul. Making four ground breaking albums over a 6 year period, the took their cue from the classic Krautrock triumverate of heavy repetitive drumming, intricate, overlapping melody and sonic intonation, Dunkelziffer added dub, soul and jazz elements to expand the sound into the new decade. The first part features four tracks all fully licensed and remastered; "This Is How You Came", "Q", "Klein Python" and "Network", which all perfectly introduce the group's expansive sound to the uninitiated.

This second part of Emotional Rescue's Dunkelziffer reissue project sees the underrated Krautrock Supergroup formed of Dominik von Senger (Golf Channel), Reiner Linke and Helmut Zerlett, and the rotating cast that also included Jaki Liebezeit, Damo Suzuki, Olek Gelba, Wolfgang Schubert, Stefan Krachten and Matthias Keu get a second EP of carefully selected material, fully licensed and remastered. "Trailer II" comes from their 1986 album III, and is a proto psyche-disco number with a healthy does of live bass funk, while "Blieb Nicht So Lang Im Schatten" is a more frenetic number from the 1983 album Colours and Soul. On the flip, "Dark Number" provides a dubbed out combination of tribal rhythms and light synth textures, while "Oriental Cafe" is a dark, motorik jam with arid Middle Eastern melodies simmering to the surface.

This third part of Emotional Rescue's Dunkelziffer reissue project sees the underrated Krautrock super group formed of Dominik von Senger (Golf Channel), Reiner Linke and Helmut Zerlett, and the rotating cast that also included Jaki Liebezeit, Damo Suzuki, Olek Gelba, Wolfgang Schubert, Stefan Krachten and Matthias Keu get a third EP of fully licensed and remastered material from the six year career. The A-side is given over to the 13 minute "Retrospective" from 1984's In The Night, an improvisational Krautrock jam with elements of dub and jazz, while the B-side sees the smoother, Balearic tones and soulful vocals of "See It" from their final album, 1989's Songs For Everyone. Finally, "Colours and Soul", the title track from the group's 1983 debut provides a fitting end to the three EPs, its almost pop sensibility encapsulating just how wide ranging Dunkelziffer's music was.

After recent stormers on International Feel and Gomma, Argentine producer Fernando finds himself washed up on the shores of Tsuba with three tracks of precision engineered Balearic house complete with a remix from the relentlessly brilliant Legowelt. "Sometimes" opens proceedings with a buoyant bassline, crystalline melodies and a metronomic rhythm track, propelling us into a shimmering jetwash of cinematic Italo disco and euphoric house. "Life Super 8" takes us down, down, deeper and down with its combination of thick cut off chords, KID-esque sequences and moody bass weight. This retro dancefloor beauty drives convertible down a mountain and off to the shore, where those cinematic guitars ring out clarion in the sunset. On the flipside, Legowelt enters the fray with his psychoactive rework of "Sometimes". Sending the original through his organite powered array of hissing hardware, the Dutch producer creates a forceful bit of synthetic house set inside a swirling maelstrom of reflective pads. Fernando wrestles back control for the finale, serving up a dubbed out bit of sunset disco in the form of "Creciente". Echo drenched vocals and tripped out fx weave a trippy web in the background whilst a stone bass groove and taut synths dominate the scene. An assured label debut from the Argentine producer, and a slight detour for the Tsuba camp. 

Ryan Kennedy has been making music ever since he was a young teenager. Now in his early 20's, his dreams and desires have finally been distilled into this, his debut album. Written over the space of a year, but recorded in a fortnight, straight to tape, in Ryan's central Manchester flat, 'Horsebeach' is a gorgeous journey through Northern, jangly, dreamy guitar pop. From as far back as The Wake, through the now de rigeur C86, this is bedroom introspection gone widescreen.
Gorgeous songs of love and longing, this music has a lilting, drifting quality, sometimes reminiscent of Felt, or of a meandering, jangle-tastic Real Estate, of whom Ryan is clearly a fan. Chiming guitars, brooding melodies, thoughtful words. 'Horsebeach' is a very lovely record indeed.


Andy says: ‘Horsebeach’ is a self-released, recorded-in-a-bedroom (but hardly lo-fi) labour of love by local lad Ryan Kennedy. With no press to speak of and just a handful of spins on 6 Music, the album managed to become the Piccadilly Records surprise smash of the summer. It is a gorgeous journey through old-school, jangly, dreamy guitar pop. From as far back as Factory Records' The Wake, via Felt, the DIY ethic of C86 and right up to the present day (the kind of wistful sounds heard on Captured Tracks) this is lovely, considered, melancholy music where guitars chime, words provoke, and melodies meander beautifully. There's quite a few bands mining this peculiarly English sound right now, most of them Stateside, and a first listen to Horsebeach could well put you in mind of the best of them: Real Estate. It's in the ringing, shimmering guitars and sense of longing, but it's also in a shared love that's not like any other love. This one is different because it's The Smiths! Nothing is implied, Kennedy's heart is emblazoned right upon his sleeve. It's been 30 odd years so why not? Geographically and spiritually it's there in his blood, so to jingle like Johnny and murmur like Moz is clearly the most natural thing in the world. The boy can't help it! That's probably what's made the album such a hit in our shop. That and an accidental kinship with the burgeoning Mancunian Balearic collective. The tranquil, breezy drift of a number of tracks coupled with those hazy echoes of Smithsonia. That gentle sound, coming round again.


LP Info: Clear vinyl repress.

The ultra collectable Invisible City Editions returns to the 12" market with more delights from music's deleted history. ICE kingpins Brandon Hocura & Gary Abugan travel the globe in search of lost gems and Holy Grails, devouring long closed warehouses and rickety record shacks like a couple of disco locusts. Following on from their gorgeous reissues of Michael Boothman, Stephen Encinas and Witch, the label serve up a split 12" of rare and exotic audio delights. On the A-side we get lost deep in the groove with "U Turn Me On", an 808 driven Haitian-Canadian dubbed-out disco boogie anthem that's sure to drive crowds manic. The raw 808 rhythm and endless bassline form the perfect rhythm section for hypnotic movement, while those dubwise vocals put this in the same league of proto-island-disco-house as those killer Tapper Zukie 12"s we've been treated to recently. After the dancefloor pressure of the A-side, Brandon and Gary offer some soothing frequencies on the flipside by way of Astarius' "Ancient Times Part 1 and 2". The Hawaiian mystic displays his mastery of circular breathing and polyphonic overtone singing across two hypnotic mantras, soaked in reverb and twisted in pitch. It's sure to melt brains into a dervish twirl before opening the doors of perception.

Private Agenda

Deja Vu / Freefalling

International Feel's newest signing Private Agenda are taking us back to that glorious time when soul first met synthesisers, shoulder pads were as vital as the right Berlin address and Sheffield met the sonic Caribbean playground of Compass Point. It was from this juxtaposed melting pot that the early seeds of Alfredo's Balearic Beat movement gathered pace and "Déjà Vu" is a cocktail of Linda Di Franco and a Roxy-esque aesthetic, bound together by elements of the inventive, contemporary production values of artists such as Todd Terje and Prins Thomas. "Freefalling" on the reverse proves a fitting reflection of Private Agenda's wider vision. Finding sonic roots in early Balearicism, the track sees the trio layer ethereal vocal lines over delicate percussion and a lilting island groove. Uniting their disparate tastes and talents for the first time, the trio's debut provides a wonderful introduction to their world.

Coyote's evergreen Is It Balearic? bring the heat with a magical release from the aptly named Sorcerer, who conjures the sun, sea, sand and swelter with the totally tropical sounds of his label debut. "Zulu Honda" opens the proceedings with sweetly skipping drums and a bouncing bassline, which are soon overlaid with Mediterranean guitars and soothing synthlines. Precision engineered for pool parties and lofts, "Zulu Honda" sounds like Australia's heat beat originators No Zu on permanent vacation at Formentera. Next up, "Afro Vibes" takes us deeper into the sunset with a gentle funk back-beat swirling chimes and dynamic synths, sounding like the unlikely marriage of Donald Byrd's "Wind Parade" and Cariocas' "Batida". The organic sounds of marimba and melancholic guitar eventually make way for a subtle acid accent before returning to the groove and taking us home. On the flipside, Salinas JC takes on "Zulu Honda", retaining the horizontal feel of the original, but adding a little additional production wizardry to extend the track into the ultimate dream dancer. Another tip top release from the dependable IIB crew.

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      Armand Van Helden, Boston-born, Grammy Award-nominated DJ, producer and remixer, has spent 20 years honing a reputation as one of the most respected producers on the scene. With three official UK Number 1’s under his belt, he is a worthy choice to present the next installment of Ministry of Sound’s prized ‘Masterpiece’ series.

      His trio of CDs divide up as follows: On CD1 we get a classic house selection featuring Mood II Swing, Happyhead, Sterling Void, Earth People, Logic etc. CD 2 is sub-titled 'Yacht Rock Don’t Stop' and includes Christopher Cross, Kenny Loggins, Toto, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Boz Scaggs end enough soft-rock to get across the Med. CD 3 gets back on the peak-time dancefloor with 'Freestyle Forever' - Stevie B, Nocera, Information Society, Debbie Deb, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Joyce Sims etc. All three discs look like winners to me!

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