We were big fans of the last Fleet Foxes album on Test Pressing so happy to hear this. Journalist Andres Lokko pointed out that it sounds like it could be taken from The Graduate soundtrack which just about nails it. Lovely track. Get it here.

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Here’s a video of Harvey record shopping as well as giving an explanation for his entertaining antics at the Meredith Music Festival (where he climbed on top of a table and destroyed 2 CDJ’s, a pair of Technics and a Bozak. Good work.

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Have to hold my hands up here and say I really didn’t know how to describe this mix as I hadn’t heard a single thing on here (this seems to be happening a lot as people dig deeper and deeper) so I asked Andy what it was all about and he replied, “it’s a bunch of early and mid 70s psych 7″s, almost entirely from France and Turkey with a some reinforcements from California and Libya about half way through. The original idea was to put together some relatively mellow but interesting things and then, pretty much as always, my mind wandered and i couldn’t resist spiking the drinks a little bit.” Hope that helps. Drink up now…

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This seemed to be the perfect post to follow the Amnesia videos. We spoke to Alasdair McGregor, one of the producers behind the documentary, who along with Mark Jackson (ex-Eastern Bloc) made this around ten years ago with various people discussing this history of balearic, what it means and what it’s all about.

The voices you hear in no particular order are Fred Deakin, Alfredo, Sally & Steve from A Man Called Adam, Chris Coco, Martin Brew, Pino from Madrid, Nancy Noise, Lenny Ibizarre, Morgan Geist, Lucinda Mason Brown, Rob Da Bank, Moonboots, Txema from Ses Salines, Phil Mison, Pathaan, Hugh Bryder, Balearic Mike, Justin Robertson, Oscar from Trax, Trevor Fung, Emily Nightingale and Nicky Holloway. Quite an extensive list.

49 CDR copies were made which, laid out together, made up one big hand drawn picture by the artist Gill Rocca. They started it in 2001 and it was finished sometime in 2004. Alasdair tells us it has never been broadcast anywhere, and was just made for the hell of it really with the goal to find out the answer to that elusive question – What is Balearic?

The guys are currently working on a part 2, a sort of ‘What’s Not Balearic?’, of which they’ve already recorded interviews with David Mancuso, Cosmo, Soft Rocks, Leo Elstob, Jolyon Green, Sean P, Jeremy Gilbert, The Idjut Boys, Euan Pearson, Rune Linbaek, Lindstrom, Prins Thomas, Greg Wilson and Kenneth Bager with another 10 or so to get, so it may be a while coming.

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Thanks to Alasdair and Mark. And Mike for the previous information.

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This is special. It’s a film from the closing party of Amnesia in Ibiza, 3rd of October ’89. It’s probably the best thing I’ve seen for summing up what it was like. The club looks truly amazing, and Alfredo is the DJ (of course). There’s an Adamski live PA in the first clip and then on from there with Alfredo playing anything from Inner City to Bob Marley, Pink Floyd and Enya in the final clip. Classic.

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Seems like there is a ridiculous amount of good new music out there at the moment and here’s another one. Well saying that this is an old one, brought up to date by Âme and Jack Plug. Running Back are another label, much like Golf Channel and Claremont that quietly get on with things, releasing quality music to a receptive audience. This one comes from the mid-80s and was unearthed by Running Back from the UK Eighties art funk vaults.

Written and produced by Chris Bishop it was originally released on the cassette sampler “Sex & Bestiality”. Âme (with an additional hand from Marcel Dettmann) almost brings in an extended re-edit with added beats and cuts which, considering the release, is not only spot on but also subtly brings the record totally up to date. Top work and bet the mix sounds amazing in a club. Jack Plug brings a different deep flavour and takes it off to the left hand side. Check the clips and if you like it get one quick as there are only 500. Nice sleeve too.

Son Of Sam: Nature Makes A Mistake (Original) (Excerpt)

Son Of Sam: Nature Makes A Mistake (Âme Remix) (Excerpt)

Son Of Sam: Nature Makes A Mistake (Jack Plug’s Supernatural Dub) (Excerpt)

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International Feel seem to be going from strength to strength at the moment so good to see friend of the family Dan Keeling in his Bubble Club guise signing a new record to the label. The original track is a building piece of mellow balearic in the Bubble Club style. A synthy intro gives way to beats and builds up with additional piano lines and that trademark uplifting spacey sound. Quiet Village as per their previous release on International Feel are in heavy ambient mode. A lovely sleeve and fine mastering add to the package. Look out for it in the shops sometime around February.

Bubble Club: The Goddess (Excerpt)

Bubble Club: The Goddess (Quiet Village Remix) (Excerpt)

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