If I spend my musical hours searching for the “Balearic”, then two people who defined that elusive beat are Leo Mas and Nancy Noise.
Leo in partnership with Alfredo Fiorito at Ibiza`s Amnesia. The pair`s success due, in no small part, to the records discovered on shopping trips to Leo`s hometown of Milan. “Secret weapons” that gave the duo an edge over the island’s other DJs.
Nancy was one of the original UK “Amnesiacs”. A devotee of Leo & Alfie, who brought their sound back to London – famously DJing alongside Paul Oakenfold at The Future. In doing so, transforming the clubbing face of the nation (some of Nancy’s stories can be heard on her smashing guest slots with Ross Allen on NTS).
Both are personal musical mentors, and I count myself lucky to call them friends.
2018 found Leo remixing Coyote, Hardton, and Blank & Jones` Good. While Nancy helped Mr. Oakenfold celebrate thirty years of Acid House by contributing to the 3xCD Summer Of Love mix / compilation.
This year also saw Nancy and Leo, under the banner of Balearic Lovers, expand their collaboration with bespoke Tee & Sweat vendor, No Way Back. Producing more designs, and colourways.
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Muno / Late Night Stories
‘Tis a thing of total beauty. Sublime. I was out in Soho on a freezing cold day, late January, with my daughter for her birthday. We popped into Sounds of the Universe, and this had just arrived. Purchased immediately… ahhh heaven.
Nu Guinea / Nuova Napoli / NG Records
I LOVE this album!! .. So original, fresh & funky … beautifully crafted songs ….I enjoyed playing this so much this year .. every track is a joy.
E. Ruscha V / Who Are You / Beats In Space
I`ve been really really into this album …. beautiful music. Endless Sunday is a bit of masterpiece in my opinion.
Mildlife / Phase / Research
What a band …I was lucky enough to see these when 1BTN put them on in Brighton. They blew me away live, such great muso’s … all kinds of fusions and influences going on but so original at the same time .. I loved the remixes too .. the Tornando Wallace one was ace.
Here & Now / Aurora Baleare / Claremont 56
Bellaaa musicaaaa … It’s all so beautiful .. I`ve been listening to, and playing, the whole
album ….. I`m especially lovin La Marsa and Sabbia Magica…. grazie
Roisin Murphy Featuring Ali Love / Jacuzzi Rollercoaster / Vinyl Factory
I love this… so much funky coolness … the mega talented, stylish lady collaborating with the great Maurice Fulton … perfecto!!
Chris Coco & Camillo Miranda – Dinosaur Baby / Is It Balearic?
The boys from Is It Balearic? sent me this early on in the year …. loved it straight away …. top riffs, and cowbells .. my kinda thing!!
Tony Allen & Jeff Mills / Tomorrow Comes The Harvest / Verve
Yeaaah, what a collaboration … Two maestros working together. No surprise that they made such beautiful music … layers upon layers of niceness.
Fernando Pulchino / Solstice / Tsuba
I love everything this guy makes .. I got this on vinyl when it was released, and played all of the tracks at different kinds of gigs, from dancefloor to sunset. I’m really excited to hear what he does next… Gracias Fernando!
Begin / Love International Recordings 001
Begin, the lovely James Holroyd, made some absolute stunners here. I loved the whole E.P. …. and played them all a lot through the year .. class stuff thank you Señor
COMPILATIONS / EDITS / REISSUES
Club Meduse, Complied By Charles Bals / Spacetalk
Such an amazing selection of songs … I`ve played so many of them this year .. Thanks for putting it together Charles, and thank you for releasing it Danny x
Cherrystones / Bahnsteig 23
A great bunch of mixed stuff / edits. I played Topical Meat Wave to death …. killer track!!!
Barbatuques / Baiana / Selva Discos
Originally recorded back in 2005, but reissued with a killer remix by the great Jan Schulte …..I love the Spaghetti Western vibez intro. I also loved Tchori Tchori by Marlui Miranda, which was also released on the same label this year.
Jake Holloway & Dave Jarvis / Moton 42
Brilliant set of re-edits / reconstructions … The Bandit is my fav…I just love it …. more goodness from the great Moton records.
NuNorthern Soul Restructured & Reworked by Andi Hanley
A whole album full of amazing work from the lovely and talented Andi Hanley .. This one reminds me of this Summer, and the night I played the sunset at Hostal La Torre ❤️
Uneven Paths / Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991 / Music From Memory
Another fantastico album of unearthed gems from Music from Memory. Thanks guys! … has some killers on it .. I loved this.
ONE THING YOU`RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019
This year I`d love to make a follow up to Kaia. As always, I look forward to discovering and playing music …. more musical adventures ❤️
DjeuhDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson / El Niño / Hot Casa
DJ Center & Sly5thAve / Paradise (feat. Thalma de Freitas) / Push The Fader
GRAY / Sweetness Of The New (Original) / Ubiquity
Keysha / Stop It! / Stroom
Q / The Voice Of Q / Isle Of Jura
Chancha Via Circuito / Ilaló (feat. Mateo Kingman) / Wonderwheel
Nu Guinea / Nuova Napoli / NG Records
Ströer Duo / Fluchtweg Madagaskar / Dark Entries
Waak Waak Djungi / Waak Waak ga Min Min / Efficient Space
Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids / Message To My People / Strut
291outer space / Escape From The Arkana Galaxy / New Interplanetary Melodies
Jura Soundsystem / Transmission One / Isle Of Jura
Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991 / Music From Memory
Pablo’s Eye / Bardo For Pablo / Stroom
Various / Quare Groove Vol.1 / All City
SOMETHING YOU`RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2019
Phil Mison`s new Cantoma Album. My new compilation, Mediterraneo Rare Balearica Vol. 2, coming on Music For Dreams.
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