I’m away this weekend. This post comes to you via the mystery that is “scheduled posting”. As it goes live I should have a beer in my hand at the end of my first ride of the weekend on one of the Balearic islands. I’m not on the club loving island, but I am sufficiently close to inspire this week’s topic.
The Balearic sound is difficult to pin down as Ibiza has a long history of drawing clubbing crowds. Even before super-DJs like Carl Cox started endless residencies at the island’s bigger clubs, there were DJs laying the foundation for sounds that would morph into what we all think of as classic Balearic – lyrically emotional, blissed out, sunset, piano and strings. These foundations came in the form of Carly Simon, Roxy Music and Fleetwood Mac – anything with a danceable beat and groove. Just listen to Big Love enough and you can hear the basis of later club tracks; up-tempo beat, breathy loved-up noises and soaring vocals.
To me the Balearic sound is about blissful club classics and chill out tunes – but you don’t have to be heading to the club at 1am or coming down at 5am to enjoy these tunes; I love tracks like Sebastian Tellier’s La Ritournelle, I find it calming to have on when driving home after a difficult day at work. That one is relatively recent. Other favs are these:
Richie Havens – Going Back to My Roots. An older funk track rediscovered by the Ibiza massive and played everywhere in clubs favouring the Balearic sound. Oh those pianos!
I have Sweet Harmony somewhere (not to be confused with the great house track by Liquid), however The Sun is Rising is a lovely end of the night/start of the morning chill out track.
I rediscovered Antena’s Camino del Sol only the other week when I was listening to stuff out at around the same time as Young Marble Giants. This is such a sweet track with a samba sound to it. Lovely.
Then there’s the Andrew Weatherall mix of The Grid – Flotation. Perfect mix of heady chill-out room vibe and club favourite.
I realise I’ve gone for the tamer end of the scale with my choices here. With summer fast approaching I thought it would be a nice idea to find some new tunes and get a Balearic playlist together. I’m looking for songs that defined the roots of Balearic Beat, classic Ibiza club tunes and Cafe del Mar style chill out tracks. I won’t be around to read your discussion or comment until Monday, but trust you to get the night going and the chill out room relaxed.
Yet again ‘Spillers I come to you to fill in the gaps in my musical knowledge. What can you tell me about all this and who else should I be tracking down?