Bit of a nice line up here for what sounds like a lovely party.It’s all been a bit slow around Test Pressing for reasons that’ll become apparent next week but if you’re north then this looks a safe bet to sink a Pernod and kick off your shoes…

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This looks like a nice evening out. On April 3 Bing Ji Ling of Incarnations and The Phenomenal Handclap Band is playing live to celebrate the launch of his debut solo album ‘Shadow to Shine’.

In support is Shawn Lee playing tracks from his recently released World Of Funk on Ubiquity, with DJs Moonboots and Jason Boardman. It’s all happening at the Castle Hotel in Manchester. There are 50 advance tickets available from Piccadilly Records, Manchester priced at £5.00 plus booking fee. Bargain.

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Party: Aficionado

February 8, 2011

Quick heads up on the the first Aficionado of 2011 on Sunday February the 13th which sees Chris Duckenfield join residents Moonboots and Jason Boardman to play the best in across the board music with a balearic tilt. It’s at the Electrik Bar in Chorlton, Manchester and runs from 7pm to midnight. Best in town.

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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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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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Whirlpool was a party that happened in London a few years back with Moonboots and Balearic Mike DJing. You may remember we posted Mike’s mix a while back and promised we’d try to find the Moonboots one. Well we have, and here it is. Test Pressing back on it after a little spell under the weather. Primavera.

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We’ve had a run of stunning mixes over the past year and here’s another one. Moonboots is one of our favourite DJs, someone who along with a few others has always stayed true to the alternative balearic spirit. As a resident of Aficionado alongside Jason Boardman he has long given Manchester a mellow balearic focal point. Recently they came to London and showed the Lowlife crew how they do. Apparently they rocked it. Get in touch here if you want to get hold of him/them and we’ll hook you up. Anyway, enjoy ‘On A Clear Day’.

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