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In case you haven't realised it yet, Beauty & The Beat trade only in the deepest musica. The Loft-inspired London crew have done a wonderful job of translating the acid-soul and world-influenced disco of their party to the platter on their first three releases, and numéro quatre keeps the quality refined, the sound sophisticated and the emotions...erm...totes.
For the fourth instalment, the label invite Nantes' experimental ensemble The Balek Band to work their magic and are rewarded with enchanted melodies and arcane rhythms. Opener "Tometsi" slips its worldly moorings and drifts into deep Balearic, heading for a horizon where squirming moog riffs rain on top of rippling pads and subtle percussion glitters just above the swell. Think Harvey in Moonshadows mode and you're perfectly on path with this Balearic beauty. Next up "Diconiels" delivers shuffling rhythms and square bass, delayed guitar and cosmic chug, finding their own personal island where voodoo incantations wait on the wind. On the B-side, "Bayoyo Sou" incorporates the shuffling rhythms and tropical jazz motifs of zouk into the Balek's psychedelic swirl, gently building into a gliding acid house hit for cultured club sets or fireside rituals.
Patrick says: I can't speak more highly of the Beauty & The Beat crew. Each release is distinct and diverse but falls within the deeply psychedelic space they've created. Here, Nantes' Balek Band join the dots between jazzy Balearic, cosmic zouk and diasporic house across three deep cuts - once again, it's a triumph.
B1. Bayoyo Sou