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Cat: PAC 007. Rel: 27 Jun 19
Disco/Reediciones
  1. The Price You Pay (For Loving That Way) (8:58)
  2. Kites At Nemoto Beach (8:08)
  3. Sundowning (6:19)
Review: Balearic disco maestro Max Essa has named his latest EP in honour of "Barkhan Dunes" - those wind created, crescent shaped sand dunes often found in deserts. Quite how this fits with the music on offer isn't explained, though the Balearic-minded music offered up is excellent. Check first "The Price You Pay (For Loving That Way)", an arpeggio-driven slab of sun-kissed nu-disco/Balearic house fusion rich in life-affirming Rhodes chords, twinkling synth lines and delay-laden saxophone solos. "Kites At Nemoto Beach" is a gently unfurling ambient soundscape full of drowsy vocal harmonies, while closing cut "Sundowning" sees Essa wrap glistening guitars and thickset synth bass around a bubbly mid-tempo drum machine rhythm.
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Cat: HYR 7194. Rel: 18 Mar 20
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Tombolo (8:24)
  2. The Great Adventure (6:35)
  3. Fool In The Pool (3:38)
Review: Max Essa made his name through swathes of releases for Bear Funk, but broke through once more with his essential "Lanterns" LP for Music For Dreams back in 2018. His appearances have been scattered since, but now he makes a welcome return on Hell Yeah with some of that plush, full frequency synth disco business. "Tombolo" is defined by its rich layers of lead chords and cascading electronic percussion, but it's also made even more seductive by subtle splashes of dubby processing. "The Great Adventure" is a cooler jam for more mellow moments, but it's still no slouch in the funk department. "Fool In The Pool" finishes the record off with a truly laid back combination of tabla drums, electric piano and dreamy pads. Blissful, beautifully composed music to let the mind drift to.
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Cat: IIBCOM 002. Rel: 01 Aug 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. The Two Mamarrachos - "En Calma"
  2. Glass Coffee - "Disclosures" (Coyote Uber remix)
  3. Clandestino - "Crack In The Sky" (Beat Broker Dream dub)
  4. Last Waltz - "Tribute" (Machete Savane remix)
  5. DJ Rocca & Daniele Baldelli - "Sartana"
  6. Daniel Wainwright - "Doing It"
  7. The Saint Petersburg Disco Spin Club - "Neva Liv U"
  8. Ilija Rudman - "Second Screen"
  9. Felix Dickenson - "Ousana" (Coyote remix)
  10. I-Boat Captain - "Poly Punk"
  11. Coyote - "California Jam"
  12. Craig Bratley - "Maverick Sound System Mix"
  13. Max Essa - "Burning Palms"
  14. Rompante - "How Low Can You Dance" (Ahiki remix)
  15. Sorcerer - "Zulu Honda"
  16. Coyote - "Sin Distracciones"
  17. 9DW - "Right On" (original mix)
  18. Leo Mas & Fabrice - "Sunrise 87" (Balearic Militant mix)
  19. Downtown Party Network - "The Returning" (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
  20. Max Essa - "Feel The Machine"
  21. Baptiste & Pierre - "Virage" (Ruf Dug extension)
  22. Joe Morris - "Mpondo Theme"
Review: 2016 sees Coyote arrive at a decade of posing the question Is It Balearic? Replicating the compilation shaped celebrations surrounding their fifth anniversary, the landmark is noted with this fine 2CD collection. The compiling skills of Balearic chieftain Max Essa are called on for the first disc selections, with Coyote taking care of business on the second for a fine horizontally-minded celebration of all things Balearic encompassing 22 tracks. Tempos nudge back and forth, different vibes coming to the fore along the way as a dash of steel drum is replaced by forthright synth glistens and upright basslines. Legends mingle alongside future heroes, Foolish Felix and Baldelli impressing as much as Last Waltz and Clandestino. As the end nears, up pops Prins Thomas's classic Diskomiks of Downtown Party Network. Here's to another ten years Is it Balearic?
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Cat: ZZZV 19007LP. Rel: 27 Mar 20
Ambient/Drone
  1. Yoshio Ojima - "Sealed" (5:50)
  2. Olololop - "Mon" (Orte remix) (5:08)
  3. Kazuya Kotani - "Fatima" (4:52)
  4. Schadaraparr - "NICE Guy" (Nice Guitar dub) (5:17)
  5. Little Tempo - "Frostie" (5:43)
  6. Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu - "Coco & The Fish" (3:26)
  7. Kentaro Takizawa - "Gradual Life" (album version) (5:49)
  8. Yoshiaki Ochi - "Balasong" (4:31)
  9. Kaoru Inoue - "Wave Introduction" (3:29)
  10. Little Big Bee - "Scuba" (6:01)
  11. Coastlines - "East Dry River" (5:05)
  12. Susumu Yokota - "Uchu Tanjyo" (3:14)
  13. Chillax - "Time & Space" (7:03)
  14. Takashi Kokubo - "Quiet Inlet" (7:10)
Review: Music For Dreams' compilations are rarely less than essential, and this collection of recent Japanese music (2008-2018) is no different. Compiled by Ken Hidaka, Tokyo-based Max Essa and Test Pressing co-founder Dr Rob, the set starts with a beautiful and becalmed ambient piece by Yoshio Ojima (the sublime "Sealed") and ends with the lapping waves, vocal harmonies and twinkling pianos of Takashi Kokubo ("Quiet Inlet"). In between, you'll find the Steve Reich-ish marimba movements of Yoshiaki Ochi, the dubbed-out, piano-laden downtempo grooves of Little Tempo, the jazzy Balearic house of Schadaraparr, the sun-kissed dancefloor grooves of Little Big Bee and much more besides. As you'd expect, Hidaka, Essa and Dr Rob's selections are uniformly superb.
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FORTHCOMING
I Can't Sleep
Cat: ARCH 001. Rel: 17 Jul 20
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. I Can't Sleep
  2. I Can't Sleep (Sol Levante remix By Leo Mas & Fabrice)
  3. I Can't Sleep (Pete Herbert remix)
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