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IS IT BALEARIC

The latest mini LP from Coyote sees them continue to explore the realms of emotionally charged electronic music. From dreamy horizontal soothers to more ecstatic uplifting refrains. 'Both Gone' is an embrace from the sun as it sets gently into the horizon, 'People Take It' is an early afternoon watching the shimmering sea with a mint tea, 'We Got Lost' is a cautioning tale to all, 'Beltane' a celebratory Pagan dub, 'Show Me' is a poolside midday smiler, 'Cirrus' is an ecstatic sunrise anthem. So hurry up, and Live!

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Is It Balearic? It is a bit Balearic, yeah but it's not the sort of dreamy barely-there Balearic that sends me into an inattentive dream, it's brave and imaginative electronic music that conjurs the feeling of a beachside bar on a sunny day, in the Balearic islands.

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. "Both Gone"
2. "People Take It Too Seriously"
3. "We Got Lost"

Side 2
1. "Beltane"
2. "Show Me"
3. "Cirrus"

Coyote & Quinn Lamont Luke

Think About It - Incl. Project Sandro Remix

Coyote team up with Quinn Luke Lamont for a one off collaboration. Quinns vocals add a distinctly yachty feel to Coyote's chuggy early evening acid groove. Project Sandro tighten up the percussion and strip the vocals back and create a dreamy more contemplative warm weather shuffler.

TRACK LISTING

Think About It
Think About It (Project Sandro Remix)

Lono Ritmo Feat. Leo Power & Pablo Dominguez

Luz De Luna - Incl. DJ Pippi & Willie Graf Remix

Lono Ritmo arrive at IIB HQ from some distant mysterious exotic land bringing a deeply authentic gypsy flamenco rhythm with them. Luz de Luna has a Spine tingling vocals and emotive guitar transporting you to a Spanish mountain side camp under the setting sun. Pablo's Groove highlights the percussion tracks. Ibiza legends DJ Pippi and Willie Graf turn the OG into a trademark deep dance floor groove that would sound right at home in their Ibiza DJ sets. The Dubstrumental drops the vox and the hypnotic dance is on. Already roadtested on the white Isle last summer, Authentico!

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. "Luz De Luna"
2. "Pablo’s Groove"

Side 2
1. "Luz De Luna" (DJ Pippi & Willie Graf Remix)
2. "Luz De Luna" (DJ Pippi & Willie Graf Dubstrumental)

Wrekin Havoc Feat. Greg Bird

Vapour Trails - Incl. Goldsuite & Woolfy Remixes

The Wrekin Crew is back for a seance outing on the peerless Is It Balearic? This new offering rather continues where the first one left off with two tracks of immersive sonics for sunny days. First up is 'Vapour Trails' which melds lush Italo disco melodies and nice emotional pop of the sort you would expect to hear in this duo's DJ sets. Goldsuite also step up with a remix to smooth the edges and lay down moon-lit Balearica then closer 'Broken Wings' has more meaningful vocals but this time over grooves more suited to a late-night setting. Cosmic arps finish it in style with plenty of dubby undercurrents.

TRACK LISTING

Vapour Trails
Vapour Trails (Goldsuite Remix)
Broken Wings
Broken Wings (Woolfy Rub Dub)

Robert's Diary

Dinky Bird EP - Incl. Bjorn Torske Remix

French producer Jerome Barresi assumes his Robert's Diary Palais here for a new outing on Is It Balearic that offers something a little adjacent to the norm. Opener 'Dinky Bird' is a mix of tender keys and hand claps with a soulful vocal sample that reminds of early-era Moby. Norse mainstay Bjorn Torske appears then to remix and brings some scuttling percussive sounds and watery effects over four-four drums. 'Six O Six' is a yearning dub cut packed with wild FX and 'KXP' is a zoned-out and tinny retro-future nu-disco cut that is a perfect B-side.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: This one is already a winner in my book! Even though 'Dinky Bird' is the one that's getting the royalty remix treatment, I personally think the b-side is the star of the show. Can already see myself playing KXP on repeat... ultra dreamy!

TRACK LISTING

Side A
Dinky Bird
Dinky Bird" (Bjorn Torske Remix)

Side B
Six O Six
KXP

NT is Nail aka Neil Holliday, one half of Bent and a master of UK tech house. But here he shows a different side across six majestically Balearic groovers. That draw on everything he has done before to send you out to sea on gentle waves of shining synth goodness, downtempo bliss and dreamy, chubby, soft focus drums. 'Beside Boa Linn' is a soothing summer sound to kick off then 'Going Out To Feel It' is a spiritual house cut for sundown, and 'Don't Hide Away' is slow motion disco brilliance. The trip continues with the star-gazing 'Evening Fixture', Eddie C style guitar licks of 'Walk In Romance' and romantic lullaby 'Dreams On Hold.'

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: The long awaited EP by NT, six dubby and balearic groovers with an ecstatic disco feel, does not disappoint. There is something instantly uplifting about this record which should tide you over nicely until summer...

TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Beside Boa Linn
2. Going Out To Feel It
3. Don’t Hide Away

Side 2
1. Evening Fixture
2. Walk In Romance
3. Dreams On Hold

Florecer steps up to the cultured Is It Balearic label with the sort of soothing downtempo sounds that are perfect for sunset moments with a quality drink. There is plenty of mellow and dreamy West Coast lushness to 'Hidden Thoughts' with its shimmering synths and seductive vocal coos while the first remix from Hitchhiker steps up the energy with an arp-ed sound. Das Complex gets dark and chugging as is his usual want on the flipside, then Cafe Del Mar resident Ken Fan offers a trademark chillout sound to close out another most calming EP from this great label.

TRACK LISTING

Hidden Thoughts
Hidden Thoughts (Hitchhiker Remix)
Hidden Thoughts (Das Complex Remix)
Hidden Thoughts (Ken Fan Remix)

Marius Circus is well known and loved for a signature analogue sound and once again that is laid out for us all to enjoy here on a new EP that comes with a remix from men of the moment Jazxing. First up is the deep, unhurried and dubbed out 'Lost On A Path To Nowhere,' a subtle late-night sound with wispy synths and a muted bassline that grows ever more prominent. The Jazxing Pathfinder remix is more tropical and steamy, and on the flip 'No Way Home' douses you in more blissed-out chords before the downbeat boogie of 'Space Crumbs Trail'. This is yet more essential summer goodness from Is It Balearic.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: Treading a path between dubbed out spacey balearic and unhurried drug chug, Marius Circus' lush sounds should find many a fan in the shop. Avoid now, regret later!

TRACK LISTING

Lost On A Path To Nowhere
Lost On A Path To Nowhere (Jazxing Pathfinder Remix)
No Way Home
Space Crumbs Trail

The iconic Is It Balearic heads to the slightly less iconic - in Balearic terms - West Midlands to retrieve this great EP of electric dance effort gems from Wrekin Havoc. 'Camino' is a loose, melody-rich sound with silvery drums and real nostalgia, then 'Moon Dance' it's a more laidback and zoned out sonic daydream for lazy and sunny afternoons by the pool. There is an electro vibe to 'RLTW' which is a reworking of a Christopher Cross Yacht classic then a T Kurt Remix reworks it into a boogie banger. Another varied and vital EP of grown up dance sounds.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: Ooooff, Wrekin Havoc can do now wrong. Here they join forces with Is It Balearic to serve up 4 ultra smooth yet moody house-y disco and boogie cuts. Insert fire emoji!

TRACK LISTING

Camino
Moon Dance
RLTW (feat Gemima Gallier)
RLTW (T Kutt Version Warehouse)

The by-now seminal Is It Balearic label welcomes long-time Balearic boss Max Essa for another superbly horizontal offering that will take you to the beach no matter where you are. He is a regular on this label who has been serving up top tunes and compiling superb collections like 2016's 10-Year Anniversary comp for ages, and the quality levels never dip. This fresh four-tracker traverses gently breaking synth waves, undulating dubby undercurrents and gloriously sun-kissed synth work all in a soothing and meditative style.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mine says: Paradise music from Max Essa on the evergreen Is It Balearic. Urging us out of a our winter hibernation and tantalizing us with brighter time ahead.

TRACK LISTING

1. Belgian Caravan
2. Moonlight Contribution
3. Dry Plains Parade
4. Southern Edges

Coyote / Rolo McGinty

Marijuana

A case of things turning full circle if ever there was one, as Rolo McGinty of The Woodentops fame - the indie stars who discovered raving and then featured on the very first Balearic Beats collection - teams up with Coyote for a one sided 12" for Is It Balearic. Well, if this isn't, then nothing is! The title should be a clue to its sentiments, paying homage to the laughing herb that is 'Marijuana' and in particular, partaking in its delights in the shade on a hot day. McGinty delivers a deep, resonant vocal and some very cool acoustic strumming, while the Coyote boys do the slow motion beat shuffling. Anthemic glory.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Coyote, Rolo McGinty and Is It Balearic? pay tribute to the world's greatest weed with hammock-rocking sensibilities. Infact, listening to this after a few bong tokes, I could see myself falling out of my hammock altogether and onto the sands in a giggling mess.

TRACK LISTING

Marijuana

The top tier imprint that is Is It Balearic is back with more blissed-out and beach brilliance, this time with a trio of masterpieces from Das Komplex. A whole world of influences are called up on here and then distilled into primo Komplex sounds - opener 'Quest' brings a slick 80s new wave vibe with a ragged guitar riff and splashy hits over heavy drums and under well-treated vocals. It is awash with waves of dance floor warmth, then 'Never Stop' is all shimmering vocals and Japanese house chords over 80s house beats. Emotive and uplifting for sure then ' Dzis' closes out with chugging percussion and strummed acoustic guitars. It's a heart of the dance floor gem full of love and good-time vibes.

TRACK LISTING

Quest
Never Stop
Dzis

Is It Balearic make a big signing here as Dr Bronzer appears on the label with a first-ever release. It's a 12" awash with warm California sun as A-side tune 'Sandee Bottoms' hats back to a golden 90s Balearic era with its loose-limbed drums and warm synth smears. Coyote offers up a sleazy dub and 'Wet Dreams' then appears on the flip. It's a more intense and busy tune with cowbells, broken house beats, steamy vocals and muted acid next to strummed acoustic riffs. Max Essa then shows his skills on a fine remix and lastly, Projection go deep and smoochy on their remix.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Channel the original spirit of the white isle with a distinctly baggy and hedonistic set of swayers that'll have you dreaming of sandy shores and late balmy nights.

TRACK LISTING

Sandee Bottoms (Extended Mix)
Sandee Bottoms (Coyote Dub Mix)
Wet Dreams (Extended Mix)
Wet Dreams (Max Essa Remix)
Wet Dreams (Projections Remix)


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