Review: This is a very confident debut from previously unheralded Balearic musician Pablo Color, whose music - on this evidence, at least - is as vibrant as his musical moniker suggests. The Swiss producer begins with the warm and atmospheric "Viajando", where echo-laden electric guitar motifs rise above a gently shuffling dub disco groove. "The Sunset of Puerto Sagunto" sees him sliding into Jonny Nash style ambient territory, while "The Guitar & The Sea" is a crackling, intoxicating, bongo-driven weird-out that sounds like an unlikely hook up between Black Merlin and Mudd. The EP is completed by a fantastic deep space dub of "Viajando" by Kejeblos (with support from Lexx on keyboards). Impressive stuff, all told.
Review: Beat-maker Berlin Lama turned more than a few heads with his first appearance on Zurich's Ish Records, a 2017 seven-inch entitled "Ego". Hopes are naturally high, then, for this long promised debut album. After beginning with the dreamy ambient jazz bliss of "This Is It", Berlin Lama flits through a wonderful range of soulful excursions, many seemingly drawing on a love of vintage '60s synth-pop, the head-nodding dope beats of Dilla, the experimental brilliance of Flying Lotus, the blunted jazziness of Guru's Jazzamatazz project and the intergalactic bliss of synthesizer heavy lo-fi soul. It is, then, a very impressive debut album that just gets better with every successive listen.
Review: More nylon string charm offensive from Swiss based Latin American master guitarist Pablo Color following his Ish debut last year the "Viajando" EP. A full album of Balearic bliss, each instrumental tells a traditional tale with a little added contemporary magic. The flip perspectives on "Parasol" ease us through the most calming hours of the day, the title track ebbs and flows like its title suggests as cymbal splashes crash against the shore while "Waves" moves us with the swell of an alluring ambient tide. Romantic, warm and emotional, Pablo Color's just officially extended your summer. Thank him later.