2017 / Leo Mas

Leo Mas never set out to be a DJ. He had to be dragged from Milan to Ibiza that first Summer. But his mix-tapes caught the ear of Alfredo Fiorito, and Leo found himself sharing the decks with the legendary Argentinian at Amnesia. A residency they held together between 1985 and 1989. In doing so laying down the blueprint for what has become known as Balearic Beat, as it synergised with Ecstasy and Acid House. The classics of the genre were largely acquired on shopping trips back in Milan. These records were one of the things that gave Amnesia the edge over the hedonistic island`s other “discothèques”.

After a solo season at Amnesia in 1990, Leo returned to Italy, where he became a House Music hero. Winning hearts and minds at “life-changing” parties like Movida, Afterhours, Ranch, Mazoom and Go! Bang. Hooking up with production partner Fabrice (Fabrizio Lazzari) and releasing music on fabled labels such as Heartbeat and Pin Up.

In 2017 Leo and Fabrice seemed to be as busy as ever. Working with Archeo Recordings, Beyond Paradise, and Music For Dreams. Reshaping that Balearic Beat for the 21st Century.

Enzo Avitabile – Devozioni Dialettali (Ex Voto Remix)

Ruf Dug – Thank You Wally (Leo Mas & Fabrice Remix)

Nancy Noise – Kaia (Un Beso No Mata) (Leo Mas & Fabrice Remix)

Three Tracks For Dancing

Focus – Hay-Hay / Crown Ruler Records

Joutro Mundo – Cauê / Barefoot Beats

Gerardo Frisina – Mulata / Schema

Three Tracks For Chilling

Lone – Under Cherry Blossoms (Mind’s Eye Reprise) / R & S Records

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest / Because Music 

Blackbush Orchestra – Sortez, les filles! (Kay Suzuki Rmx) / Beauty & the Beat

Three Long Players

Ariwo – Ariwo / Manana Records

Nordsø & Theill – Nordsø & Theill  / Music For Dreams

Bop & 291Out – L’Aba dei Vinti  / Early Sound Records

Three Re-issues

Zazou, Bikaye and CY1 – Noir Et Blanc / Crammed Discs

Sandy B – Amajovi Jovi /  Invisible City Editions

Franco Battiato – Pollution / Superior Viaduct

Top Compilations  

Too many! This has been a year of mega compilations.

“Moments In Time” Compiled by Moonboots / Music For Dreams

“Out Of The Blue” Compiled by Phil Mison / Leng

“La Torre Ibiza – Volumen Dos” Compiled by Mark Barrott & Pete Gooding / Hostel La Torre Recordings

Claremont 56 Ten Year Anniversary 2007-2017 / Claremont 56 by Paul Murphy & Idjut Boys

“Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017” Compiled by Fergus Clark and JD Twitch / Optimo Music 

Akis – Space, Time and Beyond (Selected Works 1986-2016) / Into The Light Records 

“Crown Ruler Sound” Compiled by Jeremy Spellacey / Spacetalk Records 

“Tropical Drums Of Deutschland” Compiled by Jan Schulte / Music For Dreams

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