Mix / Looking For The Balearic Beat / December 2017

Paraphrasing the Soul Sonic Force and sorting through today`s releases for tunes that could have graced Alfie & Leo`s Amnesia dance floor.

E Ruscha V

E Ruscha V – Who Are You – Beats In Space

The title track and single from Eddie`s forthcoming album for Beats In Space. Taking a break from the dance floor lysergics of his more recent Secret Circuit releases, and returning instead to the mellower Tropical Psychedelics collected by Emotional Response. This track buoyed gently by Hawaiian steel guitar.

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest – Because

Sexily whispered French Pop. Recommended by Leo Mas. So it must be Balearic.

B B Boogaloo high res

BB Boogaloo – Crest Of A Wave – BBB

Sexily whispered Anglo-German Pop. Brenda Beachball meets Basso Growing Bin in a harp-led skank.

Siassia et Tokobina - Sangui

Siassia et Tokobina – Sangui – Nouvelle Ambiance

Parisian Reggae on Hugo Sofrito`s new label.

2-BMW

2 BMW – Don`t Tell Me (Larry`s Luxury Mix) – Major Problems

Sax-y ambient mix of a lost New Jersey Garage gem unearthed by Ireland`s Compassion Crew.

Kay Suzuki Leonidas Art

Leonidas & Kay Suzuki – Asteroid (Jackin Acid Dub) – Burnin

On the flip of Interstellar Meditation`s different kind of freak out. TRs 303 and 707 pay homage to Adonis` No Way Back.

Golden Teacher No Luscious Life Art

Golden Teacher – Spiritron – Golden Teacher

The Glasgow-based collective`s Acid House love song from their recent long-player.

 

Africa Airways Four- Disco Funk Touchdown 1976-1983

Charly Kingson – Nimele Bolo – Africa Seven

Another essential from Africa seven`s Africa Airways Four: Disco Funk Touchdown 1976-1983.

Dayme Arocena - Como

Dayme Arocena – Como (Esa Remix) – Brownswood Recordings

Auntie Flo`s mate, South African Esa Williams turns Cuban Dayme Arocena`s Como into an `80s House homage. Break-like beats, kalimba, clattering percussion, and 303. As spirit-lifting as Arthur Baker`s Acid-era peaks.

Ramm Spark The Universe

Ramm – Spark The Universe (Chuggy`s Discomix) – Emotional Rescue

More percussion. This time “emotionally rescued” New Wave Disco Dub. Produced by Daniel Lanois, with timbales tumbling. Sung in Spanish and English by Parachute Club`s Lorraine Segato. I`m hooked on its positivity and backwards guitar riffs.

Burnin Beat Searchin

Burnin Beat – Searchin – Afro Synth

My Japanese dealer told me this was a Harvey play, which of course was enough for me to give it a spin. But what a tune. Both sides of this are great mid-tempo`d, synth-y Afro Disco, but the rolling pianos and impassioned vocal on Searchin` swing it for me. I just don`t seem to be able to get bored of it. The last time I felt like this about a record, it was another Harvey favourite, Michael Boothman`s What You Won’t Do For Love.

Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels (Talamanca System Mix) – White

Tears For Fears. The band responsible for such Balearic classics as Shout, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, Pharaohs, and Woman In Chains. 2018 will see them release an album of new music, accompanied by a set of remixes of old material. Of which this is one. It`s already dividing listeners on-line, and inspiring cries of “Sacrilege”. I`ll add that it`s important to remember that Balearic Beat was built on slightly cheesy Dance reworks of Pop hits.

Tao – Eenie Meenie (Mark Seven`s XTC Excursion) – Rogue Cat Sounds

Ben and Dean of Mind Fair and Rogue Cat Sounds already have something lined-up for RSD. Some sweet, super-rare, Scando-Pop. They asked me to have a shot at the sleeve notes, and in return have kindly let me promo one of Mark Seven`s dubs from the project (more musings to follow).

YEMENITE ISRAELI FUNK

Tsvia Abarbanel – Im Nin`Alu – Fortuna

Yemenite Funk reading of a 17th Century Hebrew poem, that should be familiar to anyone who`s danced to Coldcut`s remix of Eric B & Rakim`s Paid In Full.

Track-list

E Ruscha V – Who Are You – Beats In Space

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest – Because

BB Boogaloo – Crest Of A Wave – BBB

Siassia & Tokobina – Sangui – Nouvelle Ambiance

2 BMW – Don`t Tell Me (Larry`s Luxury Mix) – Major Problems

Leonidas & Kay Suzuki – Asteroid (Jackin Acid Dub) – Burnin`

Golden Teacher – Spiritron – Golden Teacher

Charly Kingson – Nimele Bolo – Africa Seven

Dayme Arocena – Como (Esa Remix) – Brownswood Recordings

Ramm – Spark The Universe (Chuggy`s Discomix) – Emotional Rescue

Burnin Beat – Searchin – Afrosynth

Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels (Talamanca System Mix) – White

Tao – Eenie Meenie (Mark Seven`s XTC Excursion) – Rogue Cat Sounds

Tsvia Abarbanel – Im Nin`Alu – Fortuna

 

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