Now firmly united with the equally forward thinking folks at International Feel, Padilla is about to present his first album in fifteen years. In the true Balearic spirit of community and collaboration, the label looked to four of the finest producers of the moment - Wolf Müller from Germany, Mark Barrott from Ibiza, Telephones from Norway and Tornado Wallace from Australia - and brought them togather in Ibiza to work with Padilla on the project. A global line up for a global sound.
The first fruits of these collaborative sessions is the new single "Day One". Produced by Henning Telephones (Resident Advisor chose his recent Running Back release as one of their best of 2014), the track mixes a classic Balearic sound with the 'proper' deep house of Ron Trent and Chez Damier. Layers and washes of melody flow over deep beats, crystallising into a retro influenced, forward facing sound perfect for today's dancefloors. With its spiralling kosmiche synths the Telephones remix ("fucking mega" according to Aficionado's own Moonboots) is reminiscent of Italo Balearic house staple 'Sueno Latino'.
If you ask Telephones why he wanted to work with Padilla he'll tell you, "As an eclectic and open-minded DJ myself, getting the opportunity to work with one of the pioneers of the Balearic sound and his approach to music didn't take much considering. Even with 30 years between us, we kinda come from the same place in a spiritual-musical sense. Plus getting the chance to put my pale Scandinavian feet on Ibiza-sand was a nice bonus. It was like being able to check out a place you remember, but only through second-hand memories"
So this very much is "Day One". A new place for Jose Padilla working with the best of the new generation of producers and a new rebirth of the original Balearic sound - aware of its roots but pushing forwards. "Day One" indeed.