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Right On (12")
Cat: IIB 030. Rel: 21 Oct 13
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Right On (original)
  2. Right On (Mushrooms Project remix)
  3. Hot Shot (original)
  4. Hot Shot (Man Power remix)
Review: Japans 9dw release their first track for Is It Balearic..? Right On is a super chilled loopy slo mo disco gem. Touches of soft acid and boogie bassline make this a certain for the more discerning dancefloor. The Mushrooms Project remix creates an ever growing tribal dubby trip with what sounds like a jews harp thrown in for good measure. Mesmerising. The B side features a track that has been an IIB favourite for a couple of years since it was heard live in Loop Tokyo. This slowave almost out of sync techy chugger is not like anything else. Evolving with analogue synths and stabs to become a heads downs stomper. International man of mystery Man Power adds man power to the track and creates a slightly darker journey into synth land.
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Karesuando (12")
Cat: ISIT 021. Rel: 15 Dec 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Karesuando
  2. Karesuando (Coyote Scanarama remix)
  3. Samarkand
  4. Samarkand (Eddie C remix)
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Cat: IIBR 004. Rel: 02 Dec 13
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Meaning Of Time (Coyote Sunrise mix)
  2. Meaning Of Time (Coyote Sunset mix)
Review: Fourth release on the occasional Is It Balearic..? offshoot IIBR Remixes series, sees label bosses Coyote take the Almunia track Meaning Of Time and add their trademark touches. Previously only available digitally the boys create two remixes on this ltd edition 10" vinyl. The Coyote Sunrise mix is sun kissed chugger, with looped vocals and layers of guitars all dancing arms aloft as the sun comes up. The Coyote Sunset Mix pushes the synth arpeggio to the front and strips the track back to push the vocals to the front. Deep soft drums take the track to an epic guitar drop. soft strings wrapping their arms round you for beautiful sunset moment
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Cat: IIB 036. Rel: 21 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Reflextion
  2. Reflextion (Ray Mang Knee Jerk Reaction mix)
  3. Sartana
  4. Out To Lunch
Review: Is It Balearic...? recordings latest is the Reflextion EP from Baldelli & Rocca. 3 electronic disco bombs and a quality remix from Ray Mang. Reflextion is a driving synth Italo disco stomper. Mr Mang adds a little acid and a touch of house. Side B's first track is a classically Italo disco dancefloor gem - lots of synth action and a flappy percussion give this a hypnotic quality ready for some smoke drenched dancefloors. Out To Lunch is a more quirky take on the same theme like a lost maxi 12 b-side of an Italian electro pop track from the late 80's. Great EP.


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Virage (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 043. Rel: 09 Nov 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Virage (8:08)
  2. Virage (Ruf Dug extension) (8:46)
  3. Guam (3:44)
  4. Guam (Deep 88 remix) (6:15)
Review: IIB next release comes from French duo Baptiste & Pierre. 2 tracks of warm tropical goodness. Virage is a deep mellow afro tinged tropical workout. Muted guitar hook and nature sounds conjuring up far flung deserted beaches. Ruf dug beefs it up a touch and moves it indoors giving it a more afterhours feel. The second track has the same evocative feel as Virage with added atmospheric pads and a bouncy melody. Like a closing track on an 80's road movie. Full of emotion. Italian maestro Deep 88 creates a truly authentic slice of early ninetoes deep dreamy house. Perfectly wrapping the original in warm analogue drums. Another quality release from IIB.
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Cat: IIB 051. Rel: 10 Sep 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Barry's K (7:03)
  2. Barry's K (Mushrooms Project Turkish mix) (8:31)
  3. Tuesday Club (6:30)
  4. Tuesday Club (Mushrooms Project Acid Line mix) (6:10)
Review: Craig Christon and Bonar Bradberry team up as Before Christ for this essential slice of brooding party fuel, leading in with the trippy, otherworldly tones of "Barry's K." From the grinding pulse of the analogue bassline to the mystical keys, it's the consummate astral traveler for DJs exploring the outer realms of the dancefloor. Mushroom Project gently rub more spaced out elements into the original, injecting a little light and letting the hits linger for longer in the ample space of their killer version. "Tuesday Club" finds Before Christ turning to a more sharp-edged rhythmic palette without losing the hypnotic qualities of their sound, before Mushroom Project return to lay down a rubbery 303 bassline that fits right in amongst the raw drum hits and dense FX processing.
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1883 (Ron Basejam Remix)
1883 (Ron Basejam Remix) (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 054. Rel: 12 Aug 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. 1983
  2. 1983 (Ron Basejam remix)
Review: Bonnie & Klein return to IIB with a gem of a track. Reminiscent of a lost alan parsons instrumental. The track meanders its way to a lovely guitar solo before the hypnotic synth parts carry us away.Already tried and test at La Torre perfect for the discerning sundowner.Ron Basejam excels on his remix, upping the tempo and delivering an awesome yacht disco bomb.




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Cat: ISIT 027. Rel: 11 Dec 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Analogue Dreams
  2. Analogue Dreams (Bonar Bradberry remix)
  3. Analogue Dreams (Crimea X remix)
  4. Analogue Dreams (Joe Bakery mix)
Review: With a curiously erratic release history from Robsoul to Instruments of Rapture, the eclecticism of a label like Is It Balearic seems the perfect place for Carig Bratley to set up shop and drop the whimsical flutterings of his track "Analogue Dreams". He was clearly in a floatation tank state of mind when he crafted the luscious tones that form the tune, and it provides a sterling jump off point for the remixers too. Bonar Bradberry takes a chunkier approach, with lashings of electro applied with poise for a thoroughly workable cut, while Crimea X heads into a steadily rising acid house brew in debt to the golden age of Balearic. Joe Bakery nails the label's purpose with his version as the guitar comes out and the beats get down low for a truly sun-kissed beach bum of a track.
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Crack In The Sky EP (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 038. Rel: 26 Jan 15
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Crack In The Sky
  2. Crack In The Sky (The Beat Broker Dream dub)
  3. Twilight Feeling
  4. Beyond The Sun
Review: IIB's latest release is an EP from The clandestino crew. First track is a slo mo cosmic melodic acid dub. A beautiful early evening trip. This is remixed by the Beat Broker who adds a few sublime uplifting west coast sprinkles. The first track on the B side is a solid disco tinged house beauty with synth stabs subtle acid undertones claps and a great sample. The final track is Beyond the Sun. A mellow eastern tinged sundowner featuring another great sample. This EP really captures the original IIB sound and philosophy. A real gem.
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Cat: IIB 050. Rel: 25 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Dinosaur Baby
  2. Dinosaur Baby (12" dub)
  3. Dinosaur Baby (Rune Lindbaek remix)
  4. Dinosaur Baby (Luke Solomon remix)
Review: Is It Balearic? welcome the mellow charms of Chris Coco and Camillo Miranda to lay down an unusual paean to a prehistoric love with the truly breezy drifter "Dinosaur Baby." While the tale might be a quirky one, the music is the real deal, all tumbling percussion locked into a slow, head-nodding groove, and this comes through even stronger on the "12" Dub". On the flip, Rune Lindbaek delivers a remix that fleshes the original out with laconic disco flourihes, and then Luke Solomon's version injects a little housey energy into the make up with his usual flair for off-kilter party fuel.
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Mongolia (12")
Cat: ISIT 005. Rel: 27 Nov 08
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Mongolia
  2. Single Handed
  3. Layback (original mix)
  4. Layback (Windsurf remix)
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Glide Time (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: IIBLP 002. Rel: 02 Sep 13
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Cali Jam
  2. Glide
  3. Feel Beautiful
  4. Swimming
  5. Break On Through
  6. More Alive
  7. Time
  8. Looking For The Moon
Review: Some two years in the making, Glide Time is the brand new studio album from Is It Balearic..? Recordings head boys Coyote. Eight tracks deep, this album sees Ampo and Timm Sure further perfect their approach to modern Balearica, ambling from moments of incandescent calm such as the expansive opening track "California Jam" and "Feel Beautiful" to euphoria inducing cuts like the chuggy "Swimming" and acid tinged "Break On Through". Look out for the guitar playing skills of Is It Balearic...? Stalwart Max Essa too. It is indeed Time to Glide. Switch on and feel the new Balearic beat at its best.

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Cat: IIBCD 001. Rel: 14 Jul 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Pacific Breeze
  2. Wildness
  3. Love Handle
  4. California
  5. Boat Trip
  6. Electric Sunset
  7. Rootsy Stew
  8. The Beach
  9. Peyote Sunset
  10. Live This Life
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Drop Out (12")
Cat: ISIT 006. Rel: 16 Apr 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Drop Out
  2. Drop Out (Deadstock 33's remix)
  3. How You Doin'
  4. How You Doin' (International Peoples Gang remix)
Played by: Max Essa
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Cat: ISIT 004. Rel: 10 Jul 08
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Coyote Star
  2. Afro Balearic
  3. A Part Of Me
  4. Afro Balearic (Rune Lindbaek re-rub)
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FORTHCOMING
Buzzard Country
Buzzard Country (140 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: IIBLP 006. Rel: 02 Sep 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Soaring
  2. Soft Top Saab
  3. Shimmer Dub
  4. Ranura De Marihuana
  5. Sun Culture
  6. Dos Canas
  7. Feedback Valley
Review: Coyote / Buzzard Country A bird shrieks. This is Buzzard Country after all. Two wise old balearic owls rub the sandman from their peelers, and cast their gaze upon a new day. Stretching to greet the Sun, giving thanks, and remembering all those lucky years that went before. All the long journeys into night, days of altered states, and morning-afters staring out to sea. Veterans at this game, fixed on the horizon. Cosmic synths purr over a sleepy Rave baseline. Sparse, spare piano, and woodwinds pick out a path, to help you wind your way home. Around the houses, down forgotten roads. A Spanish guitar plays in the harbour, and the memory of yesterdays parties' 4 / 4 boom sparks a slow, easy Acid flashback. Echoes of 90s IDM, Intelligent Dance Music, clever beats for stoners, mixing with the faded, but not jaded, vision of an introspective White Isle sunrise. There's the spectre of a spine-tingling rush. The keys kick it off. Percussion rattling, a breakbeat shuffling, as you recall the dancers. Flamenco's shout, stamp and clap, the songs of passion, songs for heroes, while lives less ordinary screen inside your head. Movies of your own making muddling up the photo-album snapshots, and the make-believe. Tabla touches, marimba tones, and Eastern drone adorn an oasis of Dub. Conjuring a psychedelic North Africa. A mirage where Tuareg nomads cross the Sahara, accompanied by tasikisikit and prayer. Then the backing track's spinning in reverse, to score a coastal drive. Wayfarers on, as clouds caught in time-lapse charge against the blue
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Going Out (12")
Cat: ISIT 003. Rel: 29 Feb 08
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Going Out
  2. Going Out (Max Essa remix)
  3. Sonny's Song
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Cat: IIBLP 001. Rel: 13 Jul 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Keep Breathing
  2. San Carlos
  3. Material Dub
  4. Our Time
  5. Work Of Art
  6. Love
  7. Safari Man
  8. Tranquilo
  9. Childhood Melody
  10. The Cats Asleep
Review: A highly distinguished long player from Nottingham based duo Coyote, who have carved their own inimitable sonic niche following a succession of fine EPs (and one previous album, 2009's Harlyn Bay) on their Is It Balearic? Imprint alongside the odd dalliance with International Feel. Importantly, their second album, Half Man Half Coyote, never drowns in a sea of sameness, largely thanks to a nice variety of instrumentation, tempos and vocalists. Alongside each slice of instrumental bliss, there's the melodic hip-hop of "Safari Man" and woozy horizontal charm of spoken word opener "Keep Breathing". Clearly an album with its heart in the White Isle - all you have to do is close your eyes, listen, and you'll be there too.
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Cat: ISIT 016. Rel: 16 Feb 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Electric Sunburst (Phoreski remix)
  2. Pacific Breeze (Tony Watson B-Boy chillout remix)
  3. Childhood Melody (Peter Visti remix)
  4. Too Hard (Aeroplane remix)
Review: Ahead of a Moonboots compiled Best Of CD due out later this year, Is It Balearic? bosses Coyote indulge in some advance celebrations to toast a fine year, with some of their more celebrated peers and contemporaries invited to remix tracks from their plump back catalogue. Phoreski already retains the honour of participating in the inaugural Is It Balearic? release, and here he adds some slow burning menace to "Electric Sunburst" from the 2009 Harlyn Bay LP. This is complemented by a refix of "Pacific Breeze" from Adult Contemporary's Tony Watson that retains the languid feel of the source but slips in a nice retro MPC thrust. On the flip, Peter Visti tackles "Childhood Memory", an as yet unleashed Coyote jam which contrasts nicely with the inclusion of Aeroplane's elegant rework of "Too Hard" from all the way back in 2007!
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Cat: ISIT 002. Rel: 21 Aug 07
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Crazy World
  2. Eve (feat Sara Tribalstone)
  3. Too Hard (original mix)
  4. Too Hard (Aeroplane remix)
Review: "EP2", by Coyote, has support from Rob Da bank, Kris Needs, Rob Mello, Chris Coco, Clive Craske and many more.
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EP 7 (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 045. Rel: 28 Nov 16
Deep House
  1. Deep Italian (5:50)
  2. Fresh Hope (4:46)
  3. Take Me Back (5:38)
  4. Long Board (5:35)
Review: The Is It Balearic? train just keeps on rolling as Coyote proffers up even more refined grooves from the heart of the dreamy island dance. "Deep Italian" channels the spirits of classic sensual deep house that clearly nods to the likes of Vibraphone Records for inspiration, while "Fresh Hope" creates a more bewildering experience with interloping melodies and a more insistent beat underneath. "Take Me Back" uses plucked string motifs to weave its own enchanting message, while "Long Board" gets a more plush line in synths to work to round the EP out.
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Song Dogs (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: IIBLP 004. Rel: 31 Oct 16
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Jamon Y Quesa (5:44)
  2. Natural Way (6:07)
  3. Falling Leaves (4:06)
  4. Herbal Remedy (3:16)
  5. Tanit's Groove (5:17)
  6. No Time To Play (5:11)
  7. Cala Conta Sunset (6:18)
Review: UK duo Coyote have shaped out an entire soundworld of their own devising with their Is It Balearic? label, and they return with their fifth album in an appropriately hazy, sunkissed blur of heartfelt organic grooves that capture that elusive Ibizan dream perfectly. "Natural Way" balances subtle acid flecks with pattering percussion and soothing pads while "Herbal Remedy" cools things down to a gently finger-picked murmur. The likes of "No Time To Play" reach skywards with yearning arpeggios and rousing drum lines while "Cala Conta Sunset" makes for the perfect ambient album closer. Whichever way you turn on Song Dogs, the rich musicality and meditative atmosphere of Coyote has never sounded fresher.
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Coyote EP (12")
Cat: ISIT 001. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Pretty Wasted
  2. Beat Journey
  3. Blue Skies (original mix)
  4. Blue Skies (Phoreski's Russion Revolution mix)
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Minamoto (12")
Cat: ISIT 020. Rel: 24 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Minamoto (original)
  2. Minamoto (DJ Steef remix)
  3. Minamoto (Hardway Brothers Dub The Acid remix)
  4. Minamoto (Shocks Wa Pulpit Chillout remix)
  5. El Sueno Oscuro
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Cat: IIBFB 001. Rel: 13 Oct 14
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Coyote - "Sin Distracciones"
  2. Coyote - "Sin Distracciones" (Christophe remix)
  3. Felix Dickinson & Jamie Read - "Restless People"
  4. Felix Dickinson & Jamie Read - "Restless People" (Max Essa remix)
Review: Two of the UK's finest underground labels join forces and share their talent on this killer 12. From IIB we have Coyote's Sin Distracciounes, an upbeat sunkissed dancefloor meditation featuring the blissed out Flamenco guitar of long time collaborator Saro Tribastone. Futurboogie's Christophe remixes and chops up the guitar and adds some gypsymenesque organ stabs and layers of keys. Futureboogie's Felix Dickinson and Jamie Read drop the funky guitar heavy Restless People. Sublime chugging beats and a beautiful vocal refrain imploring 'Slow It Down' creating a laidback house monster. IIB's Max Essa puts his remix right in the middle of the dancefloor with straight up house vibes and extra percussion.
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Ayahuasca (12")
Cat: ISIT 009. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Coyote - "Ayahuasca" (original)
  2. Coyote - "Ayahuasca" (The Nhessingtons remix)
  3. Smith & Mudd - "My Hill" (feat Rachel Davies - original mix)
  4. Smith & Mudd - "My Hill" (feat Rachel Davies - Coyote Watch The Sky mix)
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Melona EP (Chris Massey remix)
Melona EP (Chris Massey remix) (140 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 053. Rel: 08 Jul 19
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Melona
  2. Melona (Chris Massey remix)
  3. Onewish
  4. Two Voices
Review: Michael David is a musician from LA California best known as one half of Classixx. The sunshine drps off these three tracks. Melona is a blissed out summer jam with 80's guitar chords and sweet keyboard notes. One wish is a slower dubby groove while Two Voices chills out further for a real sunset melt. Chris Massey adds some weight to Melona giving ia slight nod to Shaker songs. Lovely ep all round




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Cat: ISIT 007. Rel: 04 Aug 09
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Drifting On A Wave
  2. Echo Sound
  3. Drifting On A Wave (Mainstream Lost At Sea remix)
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Ousana (10")
Cat: IIB 031. Rel: 23 Sep 13
Deep House
  1. Ousana (original)
  2. Ousana (Coyote remix)
Review: Is it Balearic drop a 10' slice of acid house perfection from one of the true masters of the genre in 'Foolish' Felix Dickinson! "Ousana" grows slowly over a driving house beat as warm synth pads and synth leads take the track along nicely with a subtle acid line until the bassline drops. A vocal refrain joins the groove seductively cooing 'I want to take you home' over the acid layers that develop in deeply hypnotic fashion. Straight into the basement. On the flip Coyote take the tempo down, bring out the percussion and create a Balearic acid stomper. Bleeps dubbed out vocals all swirl around the percussive rhythms then the acid line drops subtle and reminiscent of a certain acid house classic. Early doors or at the beach bar for this mix.

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Cat: ISIT 026. Rel: 02 Oct 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. The Returning
  2. The Returning (Time & Space Machine remix)
  3. The Returning (Prins Thomas remix)
  4. Leaving You Ocean
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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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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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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)
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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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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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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)
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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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Magma (12")
Cat: IIB 035. Rel: 07 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Magma
  2. Magma (Christophe Rockers remix)
  3. Drakryggen
  4. Drakryggen (Max Essa Paradise In dub remix)
Review: Swedish artist Farbror Resande Mac debuts on Is It Balearic..? following Newcastle duo Last Waltz' first appearance on the label in April. It's a full and complete debut featuring four tracks with remixes from Futureboogie's Christophe Rockers and Bear Funker Max Essa. The title-track is indeed the highlight as spacey arpeggios, sprinkles of keys and whooshing white noise hover above slow motion beats and a phat bassline. Rockers ups the tempo, adds some vocals and creates a burner for the strobe-lit dancefloor, while on the B-side Farbror Resande Mac again dips back into swirly ethereal territory with a new-agey, guitar kissed "Drakryggen". Max Essa then completes this 12" by treading a similar path to Rockers by upping the ante to provide a very groovy and chilled out reinterpretation.
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Shining (12")
Cat: IIB 047. Rel: 16 Aug 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Shining (11:07)
  2. Horizonte Rojo (7:38)
  3. Karmic (5:06)
out of stock $9.93
Inner Life (12")
Cat: ISIT 012. Rel: 24 Jun 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Inner Life
  2. Inner Life (Coyote Ambient mix)
  3. Inner Life (The Project club remix)
  4. Inner Life (Rayko remix)
out of stock $7.31
out of stock $7.31
Cat: ISIT 02. Rel: 31 Jan 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Mania Theme
  2. Mania Theme (Andrew Weatherall remix)
  3. Mania Theme (Toby Tobias remix)
  4. Pacific Coatal Highway (Hardway Brothers reconstruction)
Review: Coyote's long running Is It Balearic imprint score perhaps their finest release to date with this twelve inch from Hardway Brothers that figuratively throbs away at the stylus. We've been quite the fans of Hardway Brothers since they surfaced on History Clock with some unhinged proto house business towards the tail end of 2010, and it's clear that Sean Hardway's ongoing sting alongside Mr Weatherall at their sub 122bpm A Love from Outer Space parties is having just the right sort of effect on their productions. "Mania Theme" crawls into action, driven by gurgling analogues and twisting metallic rhythms, accruing laser guided synth lines and rasping percussion along the way as the track builds towards the most angelic of mid way luv'd up moments before falling foul to gravity and starting its descent again. There could be few ways to possibly improve upon the track, and a well chosen Andy Weatherall remix is one of them, aligning the track to his recent lineage of mind bogglingly good rockabilly aesthetics applied to a discotheque template. The moment where a humongous organ arises through the mist will surely remain one of this year's highlights on wax. It's might be considered thankless task trying to match such a remix, but Toby Tobias' widescreen jackers version on the flip gives the track a different context that is just as rewarding!
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out of stock $9.40
Slower (12")
Cat: ISIT 018. Rel: 26 May 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Slower
  2. Slower (The Backwoods remix)
  3. Moody Beat
  4. Moody Beat (Coyote remix)
out of stock $7.31
Major Spam (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 033. Rel: 17 Mar 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Major Spam
  2. Major Spam (Almunia remix)
  3. Major Spam (Tiedye remix)
  4. Major Spam (Last Waltz remix)
  5. Poly Punk
Review: I-Boat Captain returns to IIB with a real gem of a tune. Major Spam is a chugging nu kraut dub disco bomb. Driving drums and relentless bassline wrapped up in swirling synths and delayed vocals. Almunia beef up the tempo and the kick, adding their trademark guitar melodies. Tiedye turn Major Spam into an big piano Balearic house monster ready for some hands in the air moments. Finally on the remix our friends up north Last Waltz create a beautiful lush disco synth chug out. The extra track on the B side Poly Punk is a slo mo acid treat. Squelching 303 underneath a delayed picked guitar and a soaring pad. Balearic acid dub style.
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out of stock $6.26
Synthetic (180 gram vinyl 12")
Cat: IIB 046. Rel: 03 Jul 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Synthetic
  2. Synthetic (Ilija Rudman music interpretation mix)
  3. Synthetic (Robot 84 mix)
Review: Is It Balearic...? continues to challenge our perception of what makes the perfect island breeze jam, this time around welcoming emergent producer Kimopots to the table with a track that is just crying out for a choice cocktail in a weathered hammock. "Synthetic" is anything but, riding on a bed of hand-played percussion and capturing an innate warmth in its melodic content that feels utterly natural, even if it has been played on synthesisers. Ilija Rudman steps up with a fat old bassline and some eerie strings and chimes that make his remix a thoroughly worthwhile one, and then Robot 84 makes a more drastic turn towards peppy deep house for an audacious revision that frames the original in a whole new light.
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Cat: IIB 034. Rel: 14 Apr 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Just Hold On (with Smoove)
  2. Just Hold On (Ess O Ess remix)
  3. Tribute
  4. Tribute (Machete Savane remix)
Review: Latest IIB release features the North Easts version of CSN Last Waltz. A double header, The first track Just Hold On is a collaboration between Last Waltz & Smoove. Heartfelt vocals over a pastoral rolling chugger, deep bassline folky guitar strumming making this a favourite at IIB HQ. On the remix Ess O Ess raise the tempo a little bring out the electric guitars and increasing the chug to almost Krautrock levels. On the Flip side Last waltz give us Tribute. A deep atmospheric acid affair. Mellow electric keys and percussion lull you into a false sense of security before the heavy kick and acid bassline drop with dark cello notes. Machete Savane take on the remix. Replacing acid for guitar and adding some machine groove this slowly builds and builds into a top bubbler.
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out of stock $7.06
Cat: ISIT 011. Rel: 12 May 10
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Jose Manuel - "Nova" (original mix)
  2. Jose Manuel - "Nova" (Max Essa remix)
  3. Mushrooms Project - "Amazzone"
  4. Mushrooms Project - "Amazzone" (Coyote remix)
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Sun Scope (180 gram vinyl LP)
Cat: IIBLP 005. Rel: 04 Dec 17
Balearic/Downtempo
  1. Benthos
  2. Shovel Point
  3. Deer
  4. Eye Dream
  5. Sun Scope
  6. Mesa
  7. Sehnsucht
  8. My Mistake
  9. Shortwave
  10. Relic
  11. Blue Redwood
Review: Having cruised around labels such as La Luna, Tusk Wax and most tellingly Back To The Balearics, Maricopa has already left a trail of smooth-sailing breadcrumbs behind him, and now he drops anchor in a harbour which may yet prove to be his spiritual home. 'Is It Balearic?' is a question that hardly needs to be asked when you're drifting out to sea on the blissful tones of "Benthos" or reveling in the expressive ripples of "Deer", but it's safe to say these jams would go down smooth with a Mediterranean sunset and an Aperol Spritz.
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Played by: Dreamtime Records
 in stock $10.45
Cat: IIBCOM 001. Rel: 01 Jul 14
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Gavin Gordon - "El Sueno Oscuro"
  2. Coyote - "Blue Skies"
  3. Max Essa - "The One U Want" (Coyote remix)
  4. Coyote - "Going Out" (Max Essa remix)
  5. Deadstock 33's - "Drifting On A Wave" (The Mainstem remix)
  6. Coyote - "Afro Balearic" (Rune Lindbaek remix)
  7. Coyote - "How Ya Doin" (original mix)
  8. The Project Club - "Intro" (Ray Mang remix)
  9. Max Essa - "Heartache" (original ’86 club mix)
  10. Reverso 68 - "Piano 89"
  11. Pharao Black Magic - "Amulet" (Begin remix)
  12. Freshro - "Fantasma" (unreleased exclusive)
  13. Coyote - "Layback" (Windsurf remix)
  14. Coyote - "Electric Sunburst" (Phoreski remix)
  15. Ahiki - "Samarkand"
  16. Hardway Brothers - "Mania Theme" (Toby Tobias remix)
  17. Coyote - "Minamoto" (Shocks Wa Pulpit Chillout remix)
  18. I-boat Captain - "Slower" (The Backwoods remix)
  19. Max Essa - "Uptown Vibrations" (Mark Seven Downtown remix)
  20. Social Disco Club - "Peaceful Warrior" (Soft Rocks Jesus Convention remix)
  21. Coyote - "Crazy World"
  22. The Project Club - "El Mar Y La Luna" (Lovefingers remix)
  23. Khidja Looki - "Original" (unreleased exclusive)
Review: Alongside like-minded imprints Claremont 56 and International Feel, Coyote's Is It Balearic? label - a fitting name, given the difficulty in pinpointing the Balearic sound - has been at the forefront of the nu-Balearic scene for the last five years. Here, they celebrate that fact by offering up a celebratory compilation with pal Moonboots and Coyote each selecting a disc of unmixed favourites. There's predictably plenty of sun-kissed downtempo warmth (Windsurf's sunrise-friendly remix of Coyote's "Laidback", Gavin Gordon's flamenco-influenced "El Sueno Oscuro"), alongside a smattering of deliciously baggy and wide-eyed dancefloor moments (see Max Essa's jaunty Balearic disco jam "Heartache" and a thrillingly griity Soft Rocks remix of Social Disco Club). If that wasn't enough to get the juices flowing, the collection also features some stunning unreleased material from Freshro and Khidja Looki.
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out of stock $10.20
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