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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Photos: Balearic London

June 10, 2010

If you were wondering what the people behind the mixes looked like now you know. All the balearic people were in town last week for a charity special… Nice day chaps.






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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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Happy to mention the return of the super mellow Afternoon Sessions. DJs Phil Mison and Steve Terry will be joined by Balearic Mike to play balearic beats, fascinating rhythms and sunset vibes. Price on the door? Nish. Perfect.

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This mix was done by Balearic Mike to be given out at a party that Steve Terry was hosting with Mike and Moonboots DJing back in 2004. Rumour has it that there is a Moonboots Whirlpool mix so we’ll see if we can track that one down at some point, but until then here’s some classic Mike business.

Balearic Mike – Whirlpool Mix
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