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Leeds' casuals (in the horizontal, grooving by the palm trees sense - Andy Pye is NOT a hooligan) Balearic Social signpost the summer with a sumptuous split EP from Bonnie & Klein and BlackBush Orchestra. Slow as Viduka but steady like Nigel Martyn, these three cuts conjure stunning coastlines and the deepest azure - slip the needle into the groove and dive deep (like Harry Kewell?).

Putting aside the football references, (World Cup season init!), we can enjoy the lilting excellence of "Motmot", a beautiful bit of sundowner Balearic courtesy of Greek duo Bonnie & Klein. The time-honoured combo of melancholy pads, bossa beats and a winding double bass bring to mind "My Boss" before the echoing Spanish guitar, delicate pianos and evocative organ come on like Knopfler and Richard Wright jamming at Aptera. Lush as you like and bare Balearic fam. We stick with the cradle of civilisation for A2's "Iris", as B&K bring us an audio embodiment of the rainbow goddess. As befits the west wind's wife, the track is a breesy affair, all limber bass sounds, gentle percussion and sublime melody - the well read out there might even find flavours of Mulatu at play...

In this case the B stands for BlackBush, with the Beauty & The Beat affiliated Orchestra expanding our mind and moving our bodies with a folkloric life changer inspired by Cedric Woo, Jeremy Gilbert and Cyril Cornet's extraordinary party. Suitably psychedelic, the track opens with the gentle clatter of organic percussion, backwards guitar licks and panning rainforest idents. A spheric kick signals a move from the bean bag to the dancefloor, nestling seemlessly into the Brazilian rhythm section like a carnival veteren. Haunting strings and heartwrenching guitar remenisce like childhood friends and suddenly the track's so pretty it hurts. Lysergic bass swells, hallucinatory sound design and an endless supply of soul offer sensory immersion for around fifteen minutes, with the latter stages building into something truly ecstatic.


Shuckin' and jivin' like a Paisley gloved Mayweather, Leeds' brilliant Balearic Social Records hit us with a one-two combo of musical wonderment this week, scoring a hat-trick of 2017 releases with a little help from Japanese genius Mori Ra. If you're a regular customer here you'll have heard us bang on about this deep digger, dope collector and editing expert time and again - and as usual, he lives up to even the loftiest of expectations. Bathed in a neon glow and psychedelic shimmer, Mori Ra sits on the cosmic fringes of the Balearic universe - imagine Starchild, not the Level 42 track but the evolved form of David Bowman from Arthur C Clarke's epic space opera. How better to start this set then, than with the astral lullabye of "Dream Will", a gorgeous combination of free-flowing aquatic piano, hypnotic drum machine rhythms and the immersive swell of undulating waveforms. Kinda kosmische, but with bossa's beat and the Balearic spirit, this is holodeck exotica worthy of any FTL craft. Flip the disc and the outer rim exploration continues with "Pcych", a swaying, soothing journey through Tangerine Dream sequences, subtle percussion, swooning synth strings and plenty of space tones. With the baggy beat holding it down for the beards and the expansive soundscape working wonders for the cosmic kids, "Pcych" lights up our collective consciousness before a stunning piano melody melts all the worldly trappings away. Simply jawdropping. Mori ups the intensity and pushes the tempo for EP closer "Exodus", locking into the woody and weird sounds central to the cosmic music of Japan. As the moon shines over the enchanted forest, the constant tumble of tuned percussion clatters out a ritualistic beat, driving the mystical koto melodies and squals of proggy guitar through the night. Truly transcendent dance music for late in the session!

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says: Here we have "Akebono" (Dawn to you and me...), the first of two Mori Ra masterworks on Balearic Social delivers kosmische hypnotism, blissful Balearic bossa and a properly proggy trance-dancer! Majestic stuff from the Japanese hero.


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