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International Feel impressario Mark Barrott returns for 2017 with this four tracker of brand new compositions inspired by life's moonlit moments and the intimacy of night. "Schopenhauer's Garden" opens the set with "Chariot's Of Fire" style sequences, snaking sax licks and naive guitar melodies all treading their soft steps over a vaguelly dubby beat. Reminiscent of Peter Gordon's collaboration with Factory Floor if you play it at 33 (a trademark Patch Balearic secret there), this track warms us up nicely for the rest of the release. The A2 swims through crystal clear new age waters, chasing a irresistibly female with almost the best name out there. The sax makes a welcome return as the synths sing of the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, much like Barrott himself in fact. Over on the B-side, "Mokush?" carries us through the neon lit night-time streets of Tokyo on swelling bass synths, spaced out sine waves and trance inducing tones. The naive melodies and opiated electronics continue on EP closer "Lysander" as Barrott composes his own version of Blade Runner's love theme.


Patrick says: IFEEL leader Mark Barrott invites us into his marble mansion for a nightcap, scoring the moonlight with four tracks of free flowing synthesis and swirling saxaphone.

Niiiiice sound pal! Scott Gilmore with some ultra-synthetic future tropicalia here on your favourite holiday house label - International Feel. "Electric Gestures" gets us underway perfectly, a low filtered hook with wobbly synthlines and plump textures, it's both immediately accessible but refracted back through some alien filter, so as to make the whole thing slightly otherworldly. "Things Forgotten" is that long lost Brazilian folk b-side, only again, it glows with an radiance so strong that it exits human form into something more transient. "Lately" continues this theme with exotic, beguiling motifs - flutes, strings, pipes, all blended into a swirl of digital processing and ambience before "Another Day" closes off proceedings with a gentle push back to land; vocoder vox, steady b-line and a wealth of Balearic instrumentation converging on the mix only to be psychedelized further still by Gilmore's intricate outboard fx. A well realized and engrossing listen here, well sequenced throughout and sounding super fresh. Excellent stuff.

On the white island, between Ibiza Town and the infamous fish shack high up on a rock next to a bird sanctuary, you will find the beach of Talamanca. Plagued by too much seaweed, anchored middle-class yachts and joggers, it is also surprisingly the spiritual home of a correspondent post-Balearic group. As luck would have it, a remix request by Mark Barrott bedded the International Feel boss in a trio with Philipp Lauer and Gerd Janson, alias Tuff City Kids.

A highly sought-after 12-inch later (“Balanzat”), as well as fantasies of getting together to work on more material, led to a fruitful and effortless studio session on the non-Balearic outskirts of Frankfurt am Main. The outcome of that meeting forms the homonymous debut album of Talamanca System. A documented vision, or a sunburned imagination of a day and night spent on said island, during a moment in time that probably never was or will be. Still summed up best by dungarees, long hair, yellow sunglasses, espadrilles or that famous picture of people grouped around roofless Amnesia's pyramid well, it is the food of the Balearic gods. But, dear nostalgia, stop right here!

Even though Talamanca's debut flies the Balearic flag, it is not about turning back the clock, but rather about a past that could be the future. Dusted, danceable, driving, dreamy and dapper at the same time, this is an album for the club, the car, the beach, the (coke)float and the fountain. Coined by the colourful and respective talents of the three individuals behind Talamanca, you will hear nine tracks ranging from up to downtempo, piano house smashers that would have deserved the prefix Italo-, percussion rituals captured by a group of Zoo animals on the loose, soundtracks for dusk and dawn, hushed vocals, rites of ambient passages, powerful synth ballads and vamp choirs. If this album were a car, it would be a Citroen 2CV remade by Tesla.


Barry says: Balearic rhythms meet headfirst with sweaty dancefloor neon numbers, beautifully effervescent but inexplicably laid-back, close your eyes and get lost in the vibes.

Wolf Müller & Cass

The Sound Of Glades Remixes - Inc. Tolouse Low Trax / Wolf Müller / Cass. Remixes

Wolf Müller & Cass. arrived with their mini-album "The Sound Of Glades" on International Feel in early summer. A beautiful record comprising of natural percussion and long languid journeys for laying in fields and staring at skies. Following the 12 inch route travelled with Len Leise and CFCF, IFEEL asked both Jan & Cass. to remix one of the tracks and also choose a remixer for a third rework.... "Glade Runner" on the A side features a remix by Salon Des Amateurs resident Tolouse Low Trax. If there is one club in the world we'd like to go to right now its the Salon in Düsseldorf. A place where the beats rarely go over 110bpm and they understand the meaning of the word groove. Detlef Weinrich aka Low Trax is very much in this world. His mix arrives from a slightly different place. Wonky insect sounding synths and a perfect bump and ride. Not really much music out there that sounds like this as it clearly comes from a place of experience and the music that he loves to play. The B side is home to a version each by Wolf Müller and Cass. Müller's Wind Version of "Aiolos" takes the original sound of the forests to the beach. Ibiza via Germany. Cass. takes the same track to a more mellow zone to round things off with his trademark drones & drifting vocals, light percussion and flanged drums... 


Patrick says: International Feel stop by the Salon for this remix disc, dedicating the A-side to the voodoo electronics and techno tribalism of Tolouse Low Trax. If Detlef brought the storm, then Wolf Muller and Cass cool things down with the coastal chill of the B-side. I'm all over this one!

Certain places have a history that allows things to happen outside the norm. Ibiza is one of those. A place where anyone with an open heart can find their space. A place where maverick thinking still matters. It's this environment that in turn nurtured and created the music and style known as Balearic.

Mark Barrott’s (ex Future Loop Foundation) ‘Sketches From An Island’ compresses this Balearic heartbeat into nine warm gems which paint a picture of the island, the people and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza's northern hills using “weird percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths,” it’s a melodic and mysterious representation of a place seeped in a rich and rebellious history.
Opening track ‘Baby Come Home’ radiates with carefree tropical sounds and upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of ‘Essene’ perfectly navigates the tension between heart-bursting happiness and melancholy and ‘Go Berri Be Happy’ is like Prefab Sprout gone to Ghana. It’s colour smudged hazy emotions swirl between Brian Eno, Penguin Café Orchestra and Compass Point vibes into a free-flowing cascade of live playing and synthesized sound, perfectly epitomised on the future classic 'Formentera Headspace Blues'.

“'Sketches' is inspired by those weird, unique little oddities that would turn up on early José Padilla mix tapes that he’d sell in the Las Dalias hippy market, before he even went to the Café Del Mar,” says Barrott. “It’s influenced by living in Ibiza year-round, and by the feeling of what I think Balearic sounds like.”

It’s warm and widescreen music for the days when you need musical sunshine. Or as original Café Del Mar’s José Padilla, has it: “This is what I call Balearic.”

Following the regular drip feed of double A side 12" releases, the "Locussolus" album shows Harvey’s full vision, all together in one place, for the first time. This is Harvey’s 'Tales from the Nocturn' if you like, a journey through nighttown... Or what happens in Bassett world from dusk ‘til dawn.

"Gunship" leads the way to the dancefloor with some bleepy techy house moves. "Little Boots" is the bathroom, or perhaps the sitting room track - definitely not one for the dancefloor (unless you're in that glued-to-the-floor K-hole mode!). Head nodding beats, skittering percussion, rock guitar riffs and more female vocals add to the Balearic-psyche feel. "I Want it" gets back on track, taking us to the middle of the dancefloor with a killer (electro)disco sound. "Throwdown" is kinda Balearic, kinda electro-folkie, kinda psychedelic, with a touch of Ian Brown in those vocals. New track "Bloodbath" is a deep cosmic electro cut, while "Tan Sedan" mixes a nice tight techy house groove with a new wave / new romantic era style vocal and Japanesque synth riff. The slinky "Next To You" closes the album, but to complete the journey, there are four amazing remixes from Andrew Weatherall, Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas, The Emperor Machine, and Harvey's own dubbed-out reworking.


Philippa says: As the young pretenders move in to dethrone their elders it’s worth noting that there’s plenty of life in the old dogs yet, and while the youngsters can supply mono-genre top-end digital thrills, it’s only decades of record collecting and an immersive love of a wide scope of music that gives a producer the ability to create the disparate selection of brilliant tunes that make up Harvey’s “Locussolus” LP. From the bleepy techy house moves of "Gunship", “Tan Sedan” and the killer (electro)disco sound of "I Want it", via "Little Boots"’ horizontal reggae trip, kinda Balearic, kinda psychedelic offering "Throwdown” and mellow disco-pop of “Next To You”, “Locussolus” is packed to the gills with gems. Add to that a trio of amazing remixes from Andrew Weatherall, Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas (track of the year?) and The Emperor Machine and we have the Piccadilly Records dance album of 2011.

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