this is a thread for the BALEARIC REVIVAL

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to avoid derailing the studio thread, please to discuss all your smoothed-out dub disco flamenco party faves here!

has there been much talk of a mountain of one on ILM? i know there has been a bit on the noise board. their two EPs are getting reissued on CD with some new songs in september, i can imagine ILM's talk talk fan contingent flipping out for that. new single is getting a 12 minute+ studio remix, too.

haitch, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 01:32 (twelve years ago) link

i almost bought the Sorcerer album yesterday.

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 01:47 (twelve years ago) link

here are some other groups worth checking out

dreamchimney dudes
(& the two members of Windsurf)


jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 01:50 (twelve years ago) link

i think i should pull out the Chicken Lips albums from a few years ago. at the time i wasn't feeling the dadrockness of it, but heard a song of theirs at a sushi joint last night (don't tell steve shasta i went on a sunday) and it really reminded me of Map of Africa.

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 01:52 (twelve years ago) link

i think that chicken lips album only came out last year!

that hatchback track 'white diamond' (and its much-hyped prins thomas remix) is pretty fine. hadn't heard of windsurf before now, though.

haitch, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:28 (twelve years ago) link

what's up with this new AMO single?

cutty, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:30 (twelve years ago) link

We just this morning took delivery of the new A Mountain of One single, 'Brown Piano' (for some reason this title cracks me up), and album, Collected Works (I know why that one cracks me up). The album just assembles the tracks which've already seen album release and slaps on a Blue NIle/Talk Talk-style sleeve, but the single, a new track, boasts a remix from Studio - an eleven-minute epic (of course), it has one of the most ominous, grand intros I've heard in a while, but as a whole it doesn't hold a candle to anything on their supernaturally good West Coast LP.
(from this)

haitch, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:36 (twelve years ago) link

balearic revival is new downtempo.

Romeo Jones, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:47 (twelve years ago) link

oops, meant to say it's THE new downtempo

Romeo Jones, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 02:47 (twelve years ago) link

adult contemporary?

speculator, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 03:01 (twelve years ago) link

I'm scared to go back to that Chicken Lips record, remember some horrifying listening experiences last year.

Dominique, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 03:04 (twelve years ago) link

Don't know how much we need this thread, as a lot has been discussed in the beardo thread.

I have seen "balearic" become one of the go-to adjectives for hip online shops these days, to describe anything that is vaguely neo-disco, downtempo, or trip-hop sounding. Anything that has an acoustic guitar also works. I think even the new Chemical Brothers album was saddled with the tag!

It was only so short ago that "balearic" usually meant smooth jazz/adult contemporary music, or was something you'd find on an Ibiza comp. I can see many people get badly burned (a la Italo Disco, Ryan Paris/Radiorama does not sound like Mixed Up In the Hague) if this new flavor continues to grow.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 04:35 (twelve years ago) link

I mean, how far are we from Todd Terje releasing instrumental edits of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game"!

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 04:39 (twelve years ago) link

fyi trentmoller did an amazing remix of wicked game under his business man alias

The Macallan 18 Year, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:00 (twelve years ago) link

so, to answer your question: not far

The Macallan 18 Year, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:05 (twelve years ago) link

i have listened the shit out of those aMo1 albums

max, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

er EPs

max, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:12 (twelve years ago) link

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:24 (twelve years ago) link

^ i guess that's the same thing haitch said

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 05:26 (twelve years ago) link

Hah - the 1st beta band ep is now a signifier.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 09:43 (twelve years ago) link

lol @ rough trade - everyone knows the 1st BB EP was the weakest!

jabba hands, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 10:11 (twelve years ago) link

meet the new british press same as the old

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:05 (twelve years ago) link

how far are we from Todd Terje releasing instrumental edits of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game"

okay surely i am not alone in thinking this would be the most amazing thing?

c sharp major, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:18 (twelve years ago) link

couldnt be better than all those pom pom re-edits.

, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:22 (twelve years ago) link

"lol @ rough trade - everyone knows the 1st BB EP was the weakest!"

Yeah this is almost off-putting to read. It surely means "y'know, it's got a rhythm track and it's a bit cruisy, but it's not scary or anything! nothing too experimental!"

And yeah I'm imagining the most awesome awesome edit of "Wicked Game" right now. Not that the song needs an edit to be fabulous.

Tim F, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 13:52 (twelve years ago) link

fyi trentmoller did an amazing remix of wicked game under his business man alias

does anyone read my posts?

The Macallan 18 Year, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:26 (twelve years ago) link

:( <-- before listening to that song

:) <-- after

The Macallan 18 Year, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:27 (twelve years ago) link

Not bad, but I'd prefer hearing The Studio do something with that one.

baaderonixx, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:46 (twelve years ago) link

okay i think i have to jump ship when we're onto groups named windsurf and hatchback

strongohulkington, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 16:56 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, i pretty much said the same thing on the 70s soft rock thread. but their music is good and they seem like cool guys.

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 17:46 (twelve years ago) link

couldnt be better than all those pom pom re-edits.

-- ☪, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 11:22 (11 hours ago) Link

plz 2 explain

elan, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:30 (twelve years ago) link

this is a nice one by Jaki of Can's Phantom Band

jaxon, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:35 (twelve years ago) link

there totally needs to be a seperate balearic thread as stuff gets lost int he beardo thread to quickly.

the mix that mountain on one did for best foot forward is totally wrecking my head.

in some ways its really great phased out low slung coke rock.

and sometimes i think that balearic is the nu re edit is the new electro is the nu electroclash is the the the nu.....
(repeat to fade)

and I think about cnuts going into phonica and asking about the lastest Lindstrom mix of chris rea's Josephine and I want to kill it before it grows.

Hamildan, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 22:51 (twelve years ago) link

Almost two years old, but the Lindstrom and Prins Thomas LP goes here too. I almost feel like they should have released it under a different moniker and then went ahead and released the 12" versions as themselves. Its not a dance record at all.

gr8080, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:05 (twelve years ago) link

Shitty things about my new commute:

-It is 40+ miles one way
-It is 60 - 90 minutes depending on time of day

Awesome things about my new commute:

-It gives me plenty of time to listen to new music
-Music on this thread accompanies commute's view nicely:

gr8080, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:10 (twelve years ago) link

where is that?

Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

windward coast of Oahu.

gr8080, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

New Jersey

deej, Wednesday, 1 August 2007 20:34 (twelve years ago) link

Wow - that is awesome. I don't really get the Lindsrom&Prins Thomas reference though.

So is anyone gonna venture a definition of balearic?

baaderonixx, Thursday, 2 August 2007 08:39 (twelve years ago) link

Here's the top 25 balaeric records as voted for on the v balaeric DJ History board. These were all played on Bill Brewster's show on Kiss(?) yesterday...

1 Tullio de Piscopo - Primavera (Stop Bajon) (Bagaria, 1984)
2 William Pitt - City Lights (Public Sound, 1986)
3 Elkin & Nelson - Jibaro (CBS, 1986)
4 Chris Rea - Josephine (Magnet, 1985)
5 Herb Alpert - Rotation (A&M, 1979)
6 Manuel Goettsching - E2-E4 (Inteam, 1984)
7 Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait (Cool & Breezy Jazz Mix) (PWL, 1987)
8 Dizzi Heights - Would I Find Love (Parlophone, 1986)
9 Art Of Noise - Moments In Love (Island, 1983)
10 It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Virgin, 1986)
11 Carly Simon - Why (WEA, 1982)
12 Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle (Lucky Number, 2005)
13 Donna Summer - State of Independence (WEA, 1982)
14 Laid Back - Fly Away/Walking In The Sunshine (CBS, 1983)
15 Kate Bush - Running Up The Hill (EMI, 1985)
16 Cure - Lullaby (Fiction, 1989)
17 Linda Di Franco - TV Scene (WEA, 1985)
18 Flash & The Pan - Walking In The Rain (Epic, 1978)
19 Izit - Stories (ffrr, 1989)
20 Fleetwood Mac - Big Love (Arthur Baker Remix) (Warners, 1987)
21 Double – The Captain Of Her Heart (Polydor, 1985)
22 The Beloved - The Sun Rising (WEA, 1989)
23 Enzo Avitabile - Blackout (EMI, 1986)
24 Mike Francis - Features Of Love (Concorde, 1985)
25 Richie Havens - Going Back To My Roots (Elektra, 1980)

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 2 August 2007 09:09 (twelve years ago) link

WTF - The Cure "Lullaby"???

baaderonixx, Thursday, 2 August 2007 09:19 (twelve years ago) link

There's no Wiki entry for balearic (the music) so someone should write a really bad one and piss off the purists. I'm so unbalearic that I spelled it wrong twice in my previous post.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 2 August 2007 09:29 (twelve years ago) link

there's a wiki entry for 'Balearic Beat', though.

I used to think it was pronounced and spelt 'baleriac', I'm still not really sure if I'm saying it right.

c sharp major, Thursday, 2 August 2007 11:08 (twelve years ago) link

I've never heard anyone say 'Balearic beat'.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 2 August 2007 11:14 (twelve years ago) link

mm, it sounds kind of lame (the word 'beat' in a genre name generally sounds lame and pseudy to me?). 'Balearic house' i've seen used, though.

c sharp major, Thursday, 2 August 2007 11:36 (twelve years ago) link

"Lullabye" I can totally see if it's the Extended Mix on Mixed Up - I've put that on quite a few balearic-y "Back to Mine" style comps I've made.

Tim F, Thursday, 2 August 2007 12:23 (twelve years ago) link

"Floating in the air, floating in the sea, take my hand, come with me"

blueski, Thursday, 2 August 2007 12:50 (twelve years ago) link

"Brown Piano" is up on the A Mountain of One myspace page

jaxon, Thursday, 2 August 2007 21:20 (twelve years ago) link

i love playing the 12" mix of lullabye in downtempo/baleric sets.

also, baaderonixxpaws: listen to this cd:

gr8080, Thursday, 2 August 2007 21:43 (twelve years ago) link

it's like a postrock band playing dance music in hawaii

jaxon, Thursday, 2 August 2007 21:49 (twelve years ago) link

These are all really great suggestions brimstead thanks! I'm making my way through them but have sampled all so far.

Evan, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 01:11 (four months ago) link

I added these to the playlist

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 01:23 (four months ago) link

Thanks- one more add, if Spotify has it:

- Cheap Galapagos: 3D Exotic Resort

Evan, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 05:53 (four months ago) link

Couldn't find it

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 15:03 (four months ago) link

Not too surprised- no worries!

Evan, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 15:12 (four months ago) link

New single from Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft's forthcoming second album now up on Bandcamp. All acoustic instruments this time

groovypanda, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 14:32 (four months ago) link

bufiman's (aka wolf mueller aka jan schulte) albumsi will be one of my fav albums of this year and should be of interest to readers of this thread, i made a thread for discussion here

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:47 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Follow up to 2018's Club Meduse compilation is out this week:

groovypanda, Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:51 (three months ago) link

Thanks - wasn't familiar with these comps.

Via RA's mix of the day:
3hr mix. $1 on bandcamp.

millmeister, Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:22 (three months ago) link

I feel like my mega playlist is going to be a go to while self isolating. Any time anxiety starts to creep in, I reach for those soothing vibes.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 March 2020 14:55 (three months ago) link

“Canyon” off that first Club Meduse comp is incredible, stoked for the sequel

brimstead, Thursday, 19 March 2020 17:06 (three months ago) link

Tornado Wallace has a new "mini-album" out on Optimo

Number None, Saturday, 21 March 2020 11:50 (three months ago) link

Some great "Stay In & Chill" Spotify playlists being shared by various members of the Balearic massive over on Test Pressing:

groovypanda, Friday, 27 March 2020 13:10 (three months ago) link

yessss, ty for the heads up

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Friday, 27 March 2020 13:14 (three months ago) link

ahh sweet

best thread

brimstead, Friday, 27 March 2020 18:09 (three months ago) link

Todays Spotify playlist comes from Wolf Müller. It's well chill. x.

— Test Pressing (@Test_Pressing) March 30, 2020

groovypanda, Monday, 30 March 2020 11:16 (three months ago) link


karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 30 March 2020 14:56 (three months ago) link

They are really cranking out these lists, lots of good ones

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 4 April 2020 16:35 (three months ago) link

They're all pretty great. Lots of favourites on there but also lots of amazing tracks I've not heard before.

Today's from Telephones is another good 'un

groovypanda, Saturday, 4 April 2020 17:54 (three months ago) link

I was bored and I like giant lists, so I consolidated them all into one big megalist. Will try to keep updated.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 4 April 2020 19:55 (three months ago) link

^ Good work.

millmeister, Sunday, 5 April 2020 08:49 (three months ago) link

yes, i will def be listening to the moodles megalist

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Sunday, 5 April 2020 18:27 (three months ago) link

bless you Moodles

Number None, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 11:25 (three months ago) link

The new Jura Soundsystem compilation is sounding very dreamy today

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 7 April 2020 11:37 (three months ago) link

They're cranking out these lists like crazy, just added 2 more.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 15:18 (three months ago) link

Will also rep for their At The Disco playlist

Aphex, Romanthony, Moodyman, Photek, Gladys Knight, Idris Muhammad and many, many more

groovypanda, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 07:51 (three months ago) link

Damn, these lists are good. Test Pressing and ECM are what's getting me through this shit.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 10 April 2020 23:49 (three months ago) link

this is my current go to album given the current weather-n-chaos in the uk.

mark e, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 18:08 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I think this is the closest thread to put this cool/strange Italian synth-drama album I just bumped into via this blog post from 2017:

"Slinky, smart instrumental pop with pristine drum programming that hints at balearic as much as Berlin school. Thick with candy-toned new age synth pads, nods to Latin percussion, and rotary melodic motifs suggesting (duh) Italian minimalism, though this is definitely not minimalist. If this hadn’t come out a year before Echoes, I might guess Messina had been listening to Badarou. Tinged with mysticism in ways that are much harder to define than the album cover would suggest, and with a few tracks that remind me of Lena Platonos or even Vangelis in that they manage to simultaneously be operatic, melancholic, synthetic, and evocative of patriotism."

Michael F Gill, Saturday, 9 May 2020 02:47 (two months ago) link

relevant to my interests, ty for posting

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 9 May 2020 03:10 (two months ago) link

Listen To This! is such a goldmine and I feel like it's setting the agenda for a lot of recent archival reissues

boxedjoy, Saturday, 9 May 2020 08:13 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Retour Au Club Meduse is excellent, I think I prefer it to the first one.

new Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft is lovely too - I had been worried based on the MATstudio stuff that it was going to be harsher and jarring but thankfully it's their usual soothing ambience.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:45 (one month ago) link

still keeping the Stay In & Chill Megalist updated

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:54 (one month ago) link

new Cantoma album is A+ wine lodge Nigella soundtrack yuppie vibes, every time you think it can't get more so there's another flute solo or Spanish guitar melody, so shamelessly tasteless in its curation of naff tastefulness, I love it and I kinda hate myself for it

boxedjoy, Saturday, 30 May 2020 12:18 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I just made a 'balearic' mix - or really just a mix of downtempo pop released between 89 and 92. Features Underworld, The Beloved, Pet Shop Boys, Camouflage, Erasure, The Orb, and Durutti Column. All amateurly 'blended' together. Check it out (or not)

brotherlovesdub, Saturday, 13 June 2020 23:49 (one month ago) link

I'm about halfway through this and it is great! It sounds exactly like every good afterparty in someone's house when you're still dancing but the sun is coming up

boxedjoy, Sunday, 14 June 2020 12:01 (one month ago) link

Listening while cleaning, it started raining on a warm summer day: love it

willem, Sunday, 14 June 2020 14:01 (one month ago) link

Thanks willem and boxedjoy. That afterparty / suns coming up vibe is exactly what I was going for, so glad you felt it too.

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 14 June 2020 23:46 (one month ago) link

Nice one, thanks!

skip, Wednesday, 24 June 2020 02:42 (two weeks ago) link

That was really well done. How much preparation did you do beforehand?

skip, Thursday, 25 June 2020 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

Hey Skip, I did quite a bit of preparation. It started by just pulling the records and finding something to start with and something for the first mix. Then I grabbed all the digital files for the records I pulled and arranged them by BPM to give me an idea of how they stacked up. I also used the digital files to workout mixpoints and arrangement since it was easier than using the vinyl and less destructive as well. Then I just hit record, and again, and again, and again until I figured out the mixpoints and sequence and got a take that wasn't horrible. At the last minute I added 3 new records in the mix which added complexity. These aren't great songs for beatmatching, and unfortunately my vinyl beatmatching skills have evaporated after nearly 2 decades of digital only mixing now. These are really songs I wanted to hear together after obsessively playing the Spiritually Ibiza compilation when the first sunny spring days hit. All in all this took me about 2 weeks to get the songs and run through a mix that didn't have major trainwrecks. There are definitely poor mixes throughout, but overall the mix I uploaded was the best version of that effort. I could do it with the digital files and have a 'perfect' mix, and I may still do that, but for now, I like the raw / amateur vibe of this mix. It does sound like a 'back to mine' or morning after style mix I would have loved in Summer 92.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:06 (two weeks ago) link

There were about 15 or so records I pulled but didn't end up using, including: Wrote For Luck, Cascades, Back to Life, Get the Message, Autumn Love, Drop the Deal, Cantamilla, Crazy and some others from the era that I just couldn't make work.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 25 June 2020 17:12 (two weeks ago) link

really really enjoyed that. sorry to be that guy link?

anza808, Thursday, 25 June 2020 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

I can't access the standard upload sites on my work computer, so hopefully this gdrive link works:

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 25 June 2020 18:45 (two weeks ago) link

it did! tysm

anza808, Thursday, 25 June 2020 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

Yes thank you!

Love those Spiritually Ibiza comps too.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 25 June 2020 21:53 (two weeks ago) link

Highly recommend this new single / EP (it's 33mins) by A Separate Reality. It was recommended to me by Vinyl Dreams SF and has proven to be what i call a 'flipper' - a record that I just keep flipping over and over without losing interest. It's also fairly cheap, which is a welcome change. Comments on the title? Feels a bit Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark to me, or in line with some other titles that are just a little too close to parody.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 29 June 2020 22:08 (two weeks ago) link

Side A: 1. Sounds like Studio 2. Sounds like Mark Barrott 3. Sounds like Wally Badarou - not meaning this as a put down, more of a hint of the vibe.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 29 June 2020 22:16 (two weeks ago) link

in my world that could in no way be considered a put down

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 30 June 2020 01:42 (two weeks ago) link

Cheers for the rec bld, A+ and worth it for the opening track alone

chonky floof (groovypanda), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:01 (two weeks ago) link

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