MAGIC MIX

Balearic . Yacht Rock . New Age . Downbeat

WEEK STARTING 19 Apr

Genre pick of the week Cover of TV Scene / My Boss by Linda DiFranco.

Linda DiFranco

TV Scene / My Boss

    Linda Di Franco only released an album in 1986, "Rise Of The Heart" and it is still considered a Balearic classic. The main tunes are "T.V. Scene" and "My Boss", of which extended versions are featured in this official repress remastered from the original tapes. Up till now there was just a dodgy bootleg from the Sunkissed guys ("The Balearic Sounds Of Linda De Franco") which, let's be honest, sounded pretty weak on wax. Groovin' have done an excellent job in the transfer here, making these two beach-warmers an essential grab for anyone making the annual pilgrimage to Croatia, Ibiza or indeed any tropical party island of your pleasing! Someone get the calamari in!

    A set of on trend remixes are presented for our listening enjoyment on this latest 12" from Swiss collective Alma Negra who enlist Bambounou, Glenn Astro and Michal Turtle to remix a trio of tracks from their exquisite catalogue.

    First up, "Kabare" is deftly transformed into a deep rooted percussive workout, subtle nuances in the various hits providing a natural push-pull to this most tribal of rhythms.

    Money $ex boss Glenn Astro provides a nice downbeat rub-down of "Haleto Lale Lalo", resplendent with humming organ lines, punctuated with his MPC and decorated with analogue swirls and fx. It's delcate and poised and really quite beautiful.

    Finally, Michal Turtle injects "Tany Be" with a certain level of horizontal sophistication only he can muster. Unusual drum patterns reminiscent of Wally Bandarou's ""Echoes" cascade under lounge sax and twangy bass; while the odd suspended jazz chord keeps us in titillated suspense. This is really good folks.




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: One of the more spellbound releases of the week; a choice selection of remixers breathes new life into three Alma Negra tunes and turns out a beauty of a 12" in the process. You need!

    Haroumi Hosono, Takahiko Ishikawa & Masataka Matsutoya

    The Aegean Sea

    1979’s The Aegean Sea is somewhat of a companion piece to the previous year’s Pacific. A beautiful piece of Japanese smooth fusion-jazz with elements of traditional Greek music and Balearic grooves, it’s one of the cleanest and most focused works in the Hosono archive. Long sought after by collectors this record is nearly impossible to find in original pressings outside of Japan and this is a welcome reissue of one of the greatest titles in Hosono’s seemingly infinite catalog. Essential Japanese jazz fusion.

    Kenton Slash Demon return to Tartelet Records with "Zstring", with remixes by Urulu and Kasper Marott. 

    Kenton Slash Demon have always had an affinity for uplifting melancholic tunes and "Zstring" cements their ability to create just that. The track oozes with dancefloor euphoria, offering up a distorted arpeggio bassline, lush pads and layered melodies, all built around a tight and ever-changing groove. There are clear references to Italo disco, early techno and trance, but it’s hard to pin down the exact style – if that even matters.

    On remix duties, man of the moment and label collaborator, Urulu, delivers a fresh take in his signature early 90s style, while local hero and close friend Kasper Marott of Monkeytown fame comes through with an obscure melodic techno workout of the finest sorts.






    Hot on the heels of their Hawkwind reissue, Emotional Rescue continue their vague reish/rework series this week by turning their attention to London's synthpop, new wave and bedroom pop prince Thomas Leer.
    Signing to Cherry Red in the early 80s, he released the heralded '4 Movements' in 1981 and followed with 'All About You' in 1982, and it is from these 2 EPs that this release is sourced. The release starts with "Saving Grace" from the latter, a long famous Cosmic classic, its mid-tempo, spacey, lifting repetition is the perfect soundtrack for those Baldelli trips straight to the stars.
    This is backed with "Tight As A Drum", a quintessential Leer production, where Teutonic drums is overlaid with sequencers and synth tones to elevate the song to some kind of disorientating outer-dimensional dub, while his lucid, spoken word vocals instill degradation and reinvention.
    Asking Bullion to offer his own take on these two songs was the perfect pairing. A revered artist in his own time, the warmth and depth of his versions takes the originals to his own inner world; sampling, rewiring, reprogramming, resigning and replaying. An EP for the floor, the head and the heart.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: I effin love Thomas Leer, so I was delighted when I saw this one in the pipeline. "Saving Grace" is a total cosmic classic, all A-grade synth chug and soaring pads, while "Tight As A Drum" is a crazy, kosmische inspired gem perfect for late in the session. Reinterpreted here by modern day maverick Bullion as well as in their original form, the tracks sound every bit as vital as ever.

    Sound Metaphors treat us to another dance floor romper here, rescued from rarity and put back into the hands of working DJs everywhere. Conceived in Spain in 1989, Madrid Groove's sole 12" fuses jacking percusion, sampler vox, acid touches, flamenco guitar, huge pianos and driving basslines into a trio of summertime house killers. The titular "Arsa" is the most maximal jam here, somehow finding a way to marry Chicago piano madness and extravagant flamenco guitar solos over a bass driven house track. On "Madrid Groove" the team drop the chopped up sampler vox, synth brass and a body jacking bassline for some serious h-h-h-house music. If you're looking for something slightly more subtle, B-side jam "Suave" twists a new melody out of "Love Honey", lets the bass bubble under the freestyle-tinged beat then tops the whole thing with a sultry spoken female vocal. The B-side's the winner for me here. Boasting pristine restored audio and a nice remaster, this is ready to rule the dance floor once again.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Latin house insanity here featuring flamenco guitar, massive pianos and all the period features you know and love. Flip it for "Suave", a more subtle take on the same style with spoken female vocals for the ultimate club seduction.

    Archeo's latest reissue comes from the mind and mixing desk of Italian multi-instrumentalist Pepe Maina, specifically his 1979 New Age / Electronic masterpiece "Scerizza". Originally released on Imbroglio to a niche audience, this strange and brilliant LP has since become a must have for collectors of ambient, esoteric and new age sounds. Somehow moving between Gregorian chant, pastoral and prog electronics, aquatic ambience and frenetic courtyard experiments, this unique LP deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Bravo Archeo.

    Walter Martino's "What Love Can Do", a dreamy piece of Italian disco, was originally found on Martino's 1980 album, "Nervi A Pezzi". Virtually impossible to acquire via discogs, I reckon this is previously the domain of secretive trips to the Italian countryside, pretending to the missus that you're taking her on a dream holiday when really you're off to mine the chazzers of Sardinia. Anyway, not only have Miss You sourced the best track of the whole album, they've given it a whole side of fresh 12" wax to entertain with, and backed with a tasty AF remix from Castro Helicopter which transforms it into an avant-disco percussive tool laced with acid blasts and a full percussionist really going to town. Essential stuff for the glitter ball dancefloors and certain to fly outta the door. Get those orders in quick folks! 

    Calling all glue sniffers and mirror kissers, Duca Bianco unleash their first 12" featuring freak-beat, fucked up and scuzzy DJ edits by Smagghe & Cross, Tom Bolas, Hanoben & ADSX and Schmoltz, a fine collection of kerazies I'm sure you'll agree. 
    Kicking us off are post punk loving electronic heroes Smagge & Cross with the weird, warped and fuzzy wave of "Drug Of A Nation", an unorthodox anthem critiquing the perils of square-eyed subserviance. Well whacked out but still a sing-a-long, this is gonna hit hard with adventurous floors. Next up, Tom Bolas reaches deep into the bag to hits us with a fast paced and fucked up cover of AWB's "Pick Up The Pieces" topped with a robotised schlager vocal and the occasional scream - insane and irresistible I reckon. Over on the flip, Hanoben and ADSX rock us with a VHS saturated space disco hit, extended and upended for the underground, while Schmoltz comes through with an end of night / afternoon groover for the Balearic crowd in the form of "Starnight". Jazzy acoustic guitar, Stevie styled chorus and plenty of feels - 5 sandals out of 5.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: More wavy weirdshit from the Duca Bianco camp here as Smagghe & Cross, Tom Bolas, Hanoben / ADSX and Schmoltz offer post punk, daft disco, cosmic and Balearic rerubs respectively.


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