Golf Channel has quietly got on with being one of the most interesting labels around. Run out of NYC by Phil South, it’s delivered time and time again and is shaping up to have it’s best year yet. Head honcho Phil has delivered the first of a run of mixes for us and here it is. In Phil’s words, this one is ‘best enjoyed in front of a nice view on a hot day with a cool breeze… Special thanks to Tako and Jason Kincade for turning me on to a couple of the records’. Bank holiday special!

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Always nice to write about new releases and even better when on a new label brought to you by Manchester’s Jason Boardman. The label is called Homophono and first up is Mascara’s cover of Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’ which comes with a Homophono edit. It’s looking nice on white vinyl with the first 250 in limited edition fold out poster sleeve and the next 250 in a gatefold number. The track has been digitally remastered and as some of you may know has been getting plays from all the right people (Idjuts etc…) since last summer.

Mascara was a studio project made up of Caister soul DJ Chris Hill and producer Jurgen S Korduletsch who recorded the lost classic of a disco album that is ‘See You in LA’. ‘Golden Years’, taken from the album, was conceived in Chris’s words ‘as a filler track and a nice opportunity to do a cover version’. Sounds far better than that to us.

‘Golden Years’ is out and about in the coming week via Piccadilly, Rough Trade, Phonica, Soul Jazz and all good record shops.

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You might remember that we reviewed the wonderful ‘Down To The Sea & Back’ compilation from Balearic Mike and Kelvin Andrews a month or so back and here’s a mix from the man like Mike in preparation for the release. The mix, as you would expect, is quality and moves from Brasilian pieces to heavy soul, Dusty Springfield and deep house. If you want to read more about the album, including the rather good sleeve notes from Grimsby’s Bill Brewster, and the chaps mission to bring you the best in balearic music, click the link.

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‘Down To The Sea & Back: The Continuing Story Of Balearic Beat’ is released on 21st June 2010 on Wonk Music.

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Sade had a new album out recently so we grabbed two minutes to ask Andrew Hale of Sade about the making of our favourite Sade track, ‘Paradise’. To go along with the interview you can press play if you like on our edit of the track though saying that you’ll be long done on the interview before the vocals even arrive at four minutes in.

You once told me about the recording of ‘Paradise’. Can you recount the story. I seem to remember it involved a studio in the tropics, a late night and your co-hort Stuart hitting a riff and staying on it. Tell us about it.. Where were you? Was it all in one session? When did the vocals come into it the session? Was it all pretty organic? It could be one of the most perfect sunshine records ever.

The sunshine is definitely in the record. We started the album at Compass Point – which doesn’t need any introduction to Test Pressing. We were super excited about it after the records that had been made there and hoped some of the magic would rub off! The MCI desk sounded great – the people around were amazing – Tina (Weymouth) and Chris (Frantz) still living up behind the studio and Robert Palmer living opposite. Bought a little dinghy and went out snorkeling with Chris Blackwell’s mum who was a real character. Ate a lot of conch fritters…

‘Paradise’ began late one night after a trip into town and lots of alcohol – built around the bassline which we literally jammed around for hours… And there it is.

Sade: Paradise (Apiento & Co. Pop Life Edit)
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Nice one Leo (Zero) Elstob for digging this out. Footage from one of West London’s early balearic parties, Barbarellas in Greenford, with DJs Rocky & Diesel. Some great jacking going on in here.



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Their title not ours. This is taken from Loud & Clear – Volume 03 / Issue 17 / 100% Cosmic.

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May 23, 2010


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