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Come In We're Melodica
Cat: MELOR 019. Rel: 29 Nov 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Coco vs Synkro - "My Desire"
  2. Deekie vs Ejeca - "Rush"
  3. Didz & Chico vs Coco - "When I Say"
  4. No Logo vs Max Essa - "This City Never Sleeps"
out of stock $7.84
The Great Adventure EP
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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Barkhan Dunes EP
Cat: PAC 007. Rel: 27 Jun 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
  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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out of stock $9.52
Han Zon Roc EP
Cat: HYR 7181. Rel: 12 Sep 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Han Zon Roc (Midori Coup) (12:43)
  2. How You Showed Me Everything (5:09)
  3. Rainbird’s Alfalfa Jam (7:37)
Review: Barely a month has passed since the release of Max Essa's latest sumptuous long-player - the lovely "Lanterns" on Music For Dreams - but the Balearic hotshot already has more killer cuts to showcase via a second EP for Hell Yeah Recordings. The real triumph is languid A-side "Han Zoc Roc (Midori Coup)", a gently unfurling fusion of slow motion electronics, gentle beats, meandering melodies and blissful instrumental solos that changes shape several times over 13 mesmerizing minutes. Over on side B, the jazz guitar-rich wonder that is "How You Showed Me Everything" sounds like a tribute to Antenna classic "African Queen", while "Rainbird's Alfafa Jam" is a slightly more energetic workout that could arguably be described as "Balearic funk".
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out of stock $12.32
Lanterns
Lanterns (LP)
Cat: ZZZ 18005. Rel: 10 Aug 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Lights Painted For A Road Trip To Spain (5:48)
  2. Beautiful Western River (2:45)
  3. Orange Trail (5:04)
  4. I Love You Today Too (4:05)
  5. Orbis Sensualium (2:24)
  6. Lanterns (6:59)
  7. Breakfast In Yutenji (4:42)
  8. Fanfare For Shadows (2:51)
out of stock $24.38
Sekko Mekko
Cat: IIB 048. Rel: 18 Oct 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Sekko Mekko (5:52)
  2. Sekko Mekko (Craig Bratley remix) (5:54)
  3. Aestival (9:08)
out of stock $10.07
Themes From The Hood The Cad & The Lovely EP
Cat: HYR 7159. Rel: 07 Jun 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Themes From The Hood, The Cad & The Lovely (11:35)
  2. Saguaro (7:38)
  3. Buran Chime (3:50)
Review: Japan's disco don Matthew Bruce aka Max Essa is back with a three part track, namely Themes From The Hood, The Cad & The Lovely, on one side of vinyl, plus two more on the flip. Recording for a decade, this prolific producer has big hits like "Panorama Suite/Uptown Vibration" that have long been in Hell Yeah boss Marco Peedoo's record bag. The story goes that Essa first approached the label with a bunch of tracks until a good correspondence alchemy ensued and together the artist and label decided to put out the most timeless 12" possible. This is music that will calm busy minds now and forever.
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Cascade Moon
Cat: LEXWAX 001. Rel: 29 Dec 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Cascade Moon (8:33)
  2. Hearts In Flood (6:29)
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Blame It On Rea
Cat: PAC 005. Rel: 10 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Blame It On Rea (8:34)
  2. Body Time (5:16)
  3. Keep On Truckin' (7:28)
Review: The UK's Max Essa resides in Tokyo these days and is one of the city's leading nu-disco purveyors. We're particularly fond of his 2010 full length "White Shoes Blue Dreams". While usually releasing on isitbalearic..? or his own Jansen Jardin imprint (which he runs with Motoyoshi Shimakazi), he now appears on Palms & Charms, a new Tokyo/Hong Kong joint effort run by Samuel and Barnaby Bruce. "Blame It On Rea" starts in typical Essa Style: warm '80s strings, funky guitar licks and epic slow burning arpeggios that sound like the perfect accompaniment to Crockett and Tubbs veering down Nikki Beach chasing bad guys on Miami Vice. "Body Time" is far more uptempo with its Italo influences worn firmly on its sleeve. There's more epic retro sounding synths on this retrovert nu-disco anthem. Finally "Keep On Truckin'" is all hands in the air, summery balearic business that does throwback sounds as good as any of the best of them at the moment, namely Tuff City Kids or Love On The Rocks.
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IIB040 EP
IIB040 EP (12")
Cat: IIB 040. Rel: 22 Jun 15
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Feel The Machine (5:25)
  2. Panapolean Dreamer (5:34)
  3. Tall Shadows Walking Hom (7:02)
  4. Twenty Types Of Dusk (5:47)
Review: IIB reach their 40th release with label stalwart Max Essa's latest EP. Feel The Machine is a proto-house groove with touches of italo-disco. Chugging bassline and cowbells making it a real dancer. Panapolean Dreamer is a more downtempo beat driven affair with eastern strings on a mellow new beat vibe. The second side starts with Tall Shadows Walking Home. Again max explores the proto house sound all smothered in lovely electronic melodies. Twenty Types Of Dusk relaxes the tempo again. Trademark Max Essa Balearic. A killer ep. to celebrate 40 12" releases.
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Your Carnival Sounds Like This EP
Cat: BTTB 004. Rel: 09 Sep 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. All Is Not Lost
  2. Complicated Lover
  3. Destination You
  4. Your Carnival Sounds Like This
Review: If you've so much sniffed a Max Essa record, you'll already have a great idea of how lush this sounds... Sun-kissed positivity and slim-line instrumentation throughout, each of these cuts jet us so deep into late 80s Ibiza we can feel the sand between our toes. From the mischievous guitar Q&A, slap bass and subtle disco bubbles of "Destination You" to the shimmering acoustic guitar and whale cry textures of "All Is Not Lost" via the deep-set meditation and treacle-thick euphoric atmospheres of the EP title track, Max has pulled out every stop to create the ultimate celebration of all things Balearic.
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Won Ton Sunset
Cat: BFKCD 030. Rel: 08 Aug 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Last Chance For Love (Sand Dune mix)
  2. Coast To Coast (Heading East)
  3. Stupid Smile (Sunset Party dub)
  4. Unstoppable (extended instrumental mix)
  5. Asleep At The Wheel (Sunset mix)
  6. Won Ton Sunrise (12' mix)
  7. Life Times
  8. Cactus Time Frame (Jingumae version)
  9. Take My Hand (Sunset mix)
  10. Trust The Wind (long version)
  11. Back To Blue (Den-en-Toshi Narcolepsy mix)
  12. Fifth Of The Eighth (extended version)
Review: If Max Essa's Won Ton Sunrise album was an exercise in gentle Balearic revivalism - admittedly with a side order of hazy dancefloor chug - then this companion album, Won Ton Sunset, is an attempt to get the party started. Packed with alternative versions, dubs and extended remixes, it fixes the original's wide-eyed, sun-kissed melodies, 80s AOR-inspired grooves and jangling acoustic guitars to Italo-influenced rhythms, nu-disco beats and slo-mo house basslines. It's a simple idea, executed well. Highlights are plentiful, from the synthesizer chug and twinkling melodies of "Trust The Wind (Long Version)" and strutting bump of "Stupid Smile (Sunset Party Dub)", to the bluesy, dance-rock bagginess of "Asleep at the Wheel (Sunset Mix)".
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Won Ton Sunrise
Cat: BFKLP 026. Rel: 04 Jul 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Asleep At The Wheel
  2. Back To Blue
  3. Won Ton Sunrise
  4. Unstoppable
  5. Cactus Time Frame
  6. Take My Hand
  7. Trust The Wind
  8. Last Chance For Love
  9. Stupid Smile
  10. Fifth Of The Eighth
Review: There's always been something decidedly Balearic about the productions of Tokyo-based Brit abroad Max Essa, but on this fifth full-length for Stevie Kotey's Bear Funk label he's really pushed the boat out (presumably into the Mediterranean Sea). Beginning with the silly, sun-kissed, Hong Kong Syndikat-ish Balearic-pop of "Asleep at the Wheel", Won Ton Sunrise offers a wide-eyed saunter through hazy, sun-kissed, slightly eccentric pastures. Along the way, he turns his hand to Vangelis-ish dreaminess (the excellent title track), eccentric, offbeat new wave ("Take My Hand"), stylized Italo-pop ("Stupid Smile") and piano-laden instrumental pop ("Back To Blue"). The album's finest moment, "Cactus Time Frame", even has echoes of Mandy Smith's Balearic classic, "I Just Can't Wait".
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Dovodah!
Dovodah! (12")
Cat: ISIT 029. Rel: 12 Jun 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Dovodah!
  2. Dovodah! (Doug Lee remix)
  3. Burning Palms
  4. Burning Palms (Hardway Bros remix)
Review: Fresh from releasing his latest LP, the sublime Won Ton Sunrise on Bear Funk, Mr Max Essa reports back to Is It Balearic for 12" duties on the meditative disco bliss of Dovodah. Essa's inherent musicality and mastery of the groove shines through on the title track, with the titular refrain offering a notable if delay laden heartfelt sense amidst the glistening, chugging beat. Mr Lee Douglas is on equally inspirational form with the subsequent remix, turning proceedings into a rush inducing cowbell monster worthy of the moodiest basement parties. Flipside, "Burning Palms" is most definitely Balearic as some acoustic strumming takes centre stage - think A Mountain Of One settling in for a summer of studio recording in the Ibizan hills. Sean Johnston's Hardway Bros remix is as revelatory as the A Side effort from Douglas, bringing a heavy chug to the fore and laying down all manner of dubby fx.
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MODFDMV EP
MODFDMV EP (12")
Cat: VS 004. Rel: 25 Oct 12
Deep House
  1. MODFDMV
  2. Cloud Chasing
  3. Pow Wow
  4. Zosimos On The Shore
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Iberia Sequences
Cat: FE 010. Rel: 27 Jul 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Iberia Sequences (2011 mix)
  2. Iberia Sequences (Fabrizio Mammarella mix)
  3. Islands (dance mix)
Review: Master producer of smooth Balearic grooves Max Essa returns on John Daly's Feel Music with "Iberia Sequences", an extended odyssey in two distinct parts. The journey begins with some seriously thick analogue bass and new-age pads, taking things into an extended breakdown before dropping a totally huge baseline topped with some ascending strings and finishing off with a Balearic guitar solo. The flip side includes a further Essa production, "Islands", a slo-mo 80s inspired cut with a deep bassline which then explodes into more blissful action as soul-searching piano chords chime across the surface. Finally, Fabrizio Mammarella remixes the title track; he takes inspiration from the split nature of the original, opening with some springy acidic bass, slowly building up the blissful pads before dropping back into a solid, nicely flanged bass.
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Feel It In Your Body
Cat: IIB 017. Rel: 31 Mar 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Feel It In Your Body
  2. Heartache (original '86 club mix)
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Midnight & Dub Direction EP
Cat: BFK 052. Rel: 27 Jan 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Midnight & Dub Direction (Special dub mix)
  2. Midnight & Dub Direction (Visti & Meyland remix)
  3. One Night Out Of Seven (12' dub mix)
  4. Glass Bottomed Boats (12' mix)
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One Hundred Times
Cat: JJ 05. Rel: 03 Nov 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. One Hundred Times (original mix)
  2. One Hundred Times (San Soda remix)
Review: Two producers fresh from releasing highly impressive long players return to the trusted 12" single format via Jansen Jardin. Japan based multi instrumentalist Max Essa, to whom we doffed our caps in acknowledgement of his wonderful White Shoes Blue Jeans LP, turns in the original cut here. "One Hundred Times" contains everything one could possibly hope for in a Max Essa release: sparkling 80s synths, tumbling piano, sunshine-soaked guitar licks and a nice rolling groove. San Soda, who released one of 2010's best LPs in Immers & Daarentegen via We Play House, turns in a remix punctuated by soaring synth washes, a tough 90s house beat and a twinkling melody. By the time the piano comes in towards the end, San Soda has elevated you to a state of aural bliss. Essential 12".
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White Shoes Blue Dreams
Cat: BFKCD 012. Rel: 28 Oct 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Moonlight & A New Direction
  2. White Shoes, Blue Dreams
  3. El Pilota
  4. Glass Bottomed Boats
  5. One Night Out Of Seven
  6. Saturation (dub)
  7. We Can Run
  8. Naked Horse Back Rider
  9. Wrong Villa
  10. Enoshima Mon Amor
  11. Mirage
  12. Love On The Water
Review: Steve Kotey's Bear Funk once again plays host to an album of delicately delicious contemporary Balearics from Japan based multi instrumentalist Max Essa. White Shoes Blue Dreams is Essa's second album and gives a lot more prominence to his own dulcet tones, which feature on the majority of tracks here. There's a woozy almost narcotic haze to the opening track "Moonlight & A New Direction" thanks in no small part to the additional vocal harmonies from Kazuko Kawabe. the title track follows and is vintage Essa; a chugging groove steeped in sunshine feeling, all funky guitar licks, melodic synth flourishes complemented by his yacht rock vocals. Across the twelve tracks a languid, near horizontal pace is maintained with the vocals broken up nicely by the smattering of instrumental grooves. Indeed it's two of these that perhaps impress the most in "Glass Bottom Boats" and "Saturation (dub)" with the former delighting via the lolloping beat and silky guitar riff phasing whilst the latter wraps warm bass tones around crisp electronic drum programming.
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Played by: Free Disco, Max Essa
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Panorama Suite
Cat: ISIT 013. Rel: 30 Sep 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Panorama Suite
  2. Uptown Vibration
  3. Uptown Vibration (Mark Seven Downtown remix)
Review: Having been sequestered to produce a second 12 inch for the Coyote label Is It Balearic? only a matter of months after his debut for the imprint, Max Essa has delivered perhaps the definitive Balearic record of our generation in "Panorama Suite". Clocking in at a vinyl hugging 20 minutes, Essa has crafted one glorious undulating groove of luscious pads, gently dubbed guitar rhythms and swooning synths. "Panorama Suite" is destined to be name checked by the more horizontal DJs when asked by journalists to nominate their toilet break record. The flip side is a much more upright affair, "Uptown Vibration" being a retro boogie number characterised by a satisfyingly crunchy beat, slick guitar riffs and laidback chord patterns. "The DJs DJ" Mark Seven rounds off the release with a remix of "Uptown Vibration" that adds a dubby veneer to the arrangement, tightening up the drum sounds, slipping in his own hi-hat thumps and adding some warmth the boogie keys.
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White Shoes Blue Dreams
Cat: BFK 049. Rel: 03 Sep 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. White Shoes Blue Dreams (original)
  2. White Shoes Blue Dreams (Roberto Auser remix)
  3. White Shoes Blue Dreams (Marbella remix)
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2 B The One U Want
Cat: ISIT 010. Rel: 04 Feb 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. 2 B The One U Want
  2. 2 B The One U Want (Soft Rocks Manhattan Transfer remix)
  3. 2 B The One U Want (Coyote remix)
out of stock $7.84
Drive Time
Drive Time (12")
Cat: BFK 037. Rel: 14 Apr 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Drive Time
  2. Back To The Beach (John Daly remix)
out of stock $6.16
Continental Drift
Cat: BFKCD 005. Rel: 20 Mar 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Slo-Mo Sapien
  2. Nightbeat
  3. Telepath
  4. Back To The Beach
  5. Rooftop Rendezvous
  6. Cycle Ride
  7. I Guess You Get A Tan In California
  8. Drivetime
  9. Pagoda
  10. Emotional Athelete
  11. Dead Acrobat
  12. Lamma Island, 5AM
out of stock $13.45
Instant Yellow EP
Cat: FE 023. Rel: 09 Jul 08
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Patrol
  2. Treehouse Sex Scene
  3. Theme From Superhorse
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Back To The Beach EP
Cat: BFK 030. Rel: 04 Jun 08
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Back To The Beach
  2. Dead Acrobat
  3. Telepath
Played by: The Beat Broker, Mudd
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The Midnight Garden EP
Cat: BE 014. Rel: 16 Nov 06
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. I Guess You Get A Tan In California
  2. Aztec
  3. Lotion
  4. After The Orgy
  5. Lamma Island, 5AM
Review: The "Midnight Garden EP" is a super classy affair that sees Stevie Kotey's new production partner give up some solo work that is really gonna create a buzz.
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How Do You Feel?
Cat: NEEDW 015. Rel: 22 Jun 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. How Do You Feel (original vocal mix)
  2. How Do You Feel (Kim Ann Foxman remix)
Review: Japan's favourite adopted disco son Max Essa sidles up for his debut on NeedWant whilst regular haunts Bear Funk and Is It Balearic aren't looking and drops some sunshine boogie vibes in the shape of "How Do You Feel?". Utilising the vocal chord flex of DC Mathias, Max crafts a typically muscular percussive groove that sits nonchalantly between disco and house. Atop this are a raft of funked out bass plods and gentle key strokes, whilst the ode flute flourish adds a pastoral touch to proceedings. It's the accompanying remix from Hercules & Love Affair cutey Kim Ann Foxman that's the real gold here - showing no signs of nerves on what is her first remix! Adding some beef to the drums and drowning the bassline in darkness, Foxman gives the track a winning old school house vibe but ensures there's a contemporary crispness to the sound. More like this please Miss Foxman.
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Unlimited Man
Cat: NANG 071. Rel: 19 Jan 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. NYC Set Me Free
  2. Unlimited Man
  3. Civilised Gang Bang
  4. Palm Beach Boy Trees
  5. Horny Diplomat
  6. First Touch
  7. Metropolitan Scene
  8. Rhapsody In Leather
out of stock $11.15
FORTHCOMING
Jigsaw Moon/Jules Y Cyntia
Jigsaw Moon/Jules Y Cyntia (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 057. Rel: 22 Feb 21
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Jigsaw Moon
  2. Jigsaw Moon (Eddie C Acid dub)
  3. Jules Y Cyntia
  4. Jules Y Cyntia (Eddie C dubwise In Der Wedding mix)
Review: Long time Is It Balearic collaborator Max Essa brings his usual finesse to the label delivering 2 sublime island grooves.After hearing both tracks the dude that is Eddie C decided he'd be up for remixing both. This heavyweight sound clash 12 is the result.Jigsaw moon is a lively shuffling euro disco groover. Post sunset poolside head nodder. Eddie's remix goes into the realms of acid house to both excite and hypnotise whilst dubbing out the OG version. Jule Y Cnythia is one of those tracks that only comes around so often. Deeply emotional and joyous in equal amounts. Truly Balearic and perfect for an end of night hugfest. Reminiscent of The Cure with a touch of Joy Division maybe. Eddie C turns up the Balearometer to !1 wraps up a draw and lets go.A nod to the pictures of you remix but remaining uniquely IIB. This is a one off 12 grab it quick
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Played by: Manu•Archeo, Eddie C
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Is It Balearic? Recordings 10 Year Anniversary
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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EP
EP (12")
Cat: NADO 008. Rel: 20 May 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Max Essa - "Chou Chou San"
  2. Max Essa - "Peninsular"
  3. Edition Basso - "Sore Sebi"
  4. Edition Basso - "Waking Up Late"
Review: Tribal Balearic is the genre Aficionado are pushing to describe their latest 12" offering which is a split release from Max Essa and Basso, but put down that pinch of salt because it's another winner for the Mancunian label. Essa of course needs little introduction to anyone that indulges in some of the more horizontally inclined disco releases, whilst fans of the Black Disco label will remember Sebastian Graetz's killer contribution as Basso. There's a pleasant degree of chunkiness to "Chou Chou San," Essa's opening gambit where hefty drums are complemented well by the Oriental synth lines and spiritual pads that Max has made his own. "Peninsular" is most definitely not tribal but it is Balearic at it's most serenest and offers a moment of calm before Basso mans the B Side deck with the vibrant afro disco flavours of "Sore Sebi" and the languid "Waking Up Late".
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The Alberto Tarantini Release
The Alberto Tarantini Release (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: ROTHMANS 5. Rel: 02 Dec 13
Deep House
  1. Timothy J Fairplay - "The Third Season"
  2. Tommy Walker 3 - "Horse"
  3. Max Essa - "Stereoscalpedmysexpool"
  4. Al Gobi - "Quibble"
Review: The 5th release from Rothmans pays homage to legendary Argentinean defender Alberto Tarrantini and to mark this 5th release Rothmans have provided a team sheet to rival even that infamous 1982 World Cup squad. First up we have a welcome return to the label from Timothy J Fairplay who featured back alongside Toni Schumacher at the start of the year. This time around he brings us some spaced out Chicago flavour in the guise of 'The Third Season'. On the Flip side we have a welcome addition to the Rothmans squad in Max Essa, and the Tokyo resident brings us nothing but silky moves with a dark taste of the Orient with his aptly named "Stereoscapledmysexpool". Coming up the flanks we have tracks from Al Gobi and Tommy Walker 3 who bring some dark deep spacey vibes with wacked out basslines that really bring this 5th release to the boil!
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Chain Gang
Chain Gang (12")
Cat: NANG 048. Rel: 31 Mar 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Chain Gang (original mix)
  2. Chain Gang (Foto Naive dub)
  3. Chain Gang (Laser Tom & The Blast Crew remix)
out of stock $6.16
Oto No Wa: Selected Sounds Of Japan 1988-2018
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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Salon De L'Herbe EP Part 1
Cat: EMINDS 004. Rel: 30 Apr 08
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. 1974
  2. 1988
  3. 1981
out of stock $7.84
Salon De L'Herbe EP Part 2
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Zim Zim Zah Zah
Cat: BFKCD 008. Rel: 03 Dec 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Zim Zim Zah Zah
  2. Seven Sins From Heaven
  3. Synth Inside Her
  4. Ver-sion
  5. Pegasus Fly's Over The Red Moon
  6. Can't Leave It Alone
  7. Overgroomed
  8. Day To Day Life (Chilly Sauce edit)
  9. It's Disco
  10. More Steam Hercule
  11. Soiree Theme
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I Can't Sleep
Cat: ARCH 001. Rel: 17 Jul 20
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. I Can't Sleep (5:41)
  2. I Can't Sleep (Sol Levante remix By Leo Mas & Fabrice) (6:36)
  3. I Can't Sleep (Pete Herbert remix) (7:17)
Review: Japanese Balearic crew Okinawa Delays have long been friends with Tokyo-based Brit Max Essa, while the latter previously remixed one of their tracks for Mudd's Claremont 56 label. Now they've taken their musical partnership to a whole new level by offering up their first joint single. In its original form, "I Can't Sleep" adds an attractive female vocal to a sparkling, ear-catching backing track rich in bubbly nu-disco bass, White Isle-ready piano riffs, swirling synthesizer pads, typically Japanese melodies and mid-tempo beats that boast just the right amount of dancefloor weight. The accompanying remix package is strong, too, with a wonderful dream house interpretation by Italian veterans Leo Mas and Fabrice being joined by a funky Balearic disco take from nu-disco master Pete Herbert.
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Mareh Music 002
Cat: MAREH 002. Rel: 23 Jun 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Revenge - "Strings Of Fife" (5:58)
  2. Eddie C - "Take Me Or Leave Me" (4:26)
  3. Peter Herbert - "El Bigotes" (7:04)
  4. Max Essa - "Night Measure" (7:14)
Review: The guys behind the legendary Brazilian festival follow up last winter's debut release from Pete Herbert, Dicky Trisco and Eric Dunks with another all-star nu-disco cast. The Revenge gets playful with a string sample (and the title) on "Strings Of Fife", Eddie C ups the cosmic factor with an array of dubby textures and an insistent guitar loop on "Take Me Or Leave Me", Pete Herbert get evangelistic with big disco vocal harmonies and a groove so slippery you could wash your hands in it. Finally Max Essa flips the switch heads south for an Amazonian synth adventure that's so immersive it might swallow you whole.
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out of stock $9.52
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