Mushrooms Project


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Balearic Social

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Suave, sophisticated and dressed in perfectly pressed black, here comes BSR 007, licensed to kill dance floors and set to seduce any right minded DJ in its way. The Leeds imprint have done sterling work to date, and this trippy two-fer is the perfect companion to the double dose of Mori Ra from earlier in the year, locking us into a fireside ritual of shoulder rolling weirdness. For their seventh release, Balearic Social turn to Italy's modern masters of afro-cosmic swamp-funk, Mushrooms Project, who kick up the bonfire, crack out the cauldron and serve up some utterly lysergic groove music. Stretching across the whole of the A-side at a langurous 70 bpm, title track "Motolani" is a proper head trip - a treacle thick amalgam of low slung bass, rainforest melodies, space synth and organic percussion, brought to a simmer with tribal vocal samples, whistles and birdcall. Imagine a lost Alessandroni score to an early 80s giallo flick in which a hapless Bear Grylls happens upon a ravenous bunch of musical canibals - this is the feast scene! The tempo ramps up significantly (105bpm-ish) on the B-side as the Parma duo set shoulders rolling with the pulsating Balearic beat of "Chillin'dretti". After an inviting intro of echo drenched vocal samples, buzzing bass and syncopated percussion, the track soon segues into a perfectly balanced fusion of driving 303 bass and dreamy piano keys. It's Pink Floyd on pingers, Brits abroad in '91 and the kind of danceable downbeat you'd expect to hear K&D deliver at the peak of their career. 


Patrick says: Another excellent outing from Leeds' Balearic Social, who enlist Italy's most lysergic duo for two tracks of polyrhythmic, hypnagogic dance music. Whether you lose it to the swampy tribal of the A-side or acid stomp of the flip, the choice is yours.


A1. Motolani
AA1. Chillin'dretti

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