Today's lesson: Balearica

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Sell_By_Dave:
As promised, the first in an occasional series explaining/twatting on about a particular lesser-known musical genre.

No. 1: BALEARICA

What is balearica?

Balearica is a loose musical term originally used to describe the mix of music played in Ibizan clubs in the mid to late 1980s. Balearica rose to prominense in UK clubs after being "discovered" by DJs like Danny Rampling, NIcky Holloway and Paul Oakenfold, who famously first got turned on to ecstacy on a trip to the White Isle in August 1987 (for Oakenfold's birthday). The most famous "balearic" DJ of the time was probably Alfredo, one of Ibiza's then leading DJs.

What does balearica sound like?

This is a tricky one. Famously, original "balearic" DJs like Alfredo used to play a real mix of styles, from bizarre Spanish pop and alternative 80s tracks to early house, old italo disco and mid 80s club hits. The sound was warm, sun-kissed and often synth-heavy - sunset and sunrise music for happy people dancing in little known Ibizan clubs. There is an argument to say that 'balearic' is more about a feeling and a vibe than a specific sound. There has been a recent trend for European producers like Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and Todd Terje to make very 'balearic' sounding records. These tend to be warm, lush and slow, like smacked-out italo disco records with mid-80s Fleetwood Mac guitars.

What sorts of records could be described as 'balearic'?

Good question. Many bad records have been excused critical punishment because they are supposedly 'balearic' - e.g bad records that sounded good on a beach in Ibiza when pretty much everyone was mashed on E. Generally speaking, many balearic records are quite obscure - unlikely gems hidden on B-sides, early remixes or little known things that sound great in a particular moment. All "balearic" records do, however, share the same sense of warmth and light. It's not about darkness - heavyweight D&B it aint! Tthe following are amongst the most famous "balearic" records:

Fleetwood Mac - Big Love (Arthur Baker Remix)
Fleetwood Mac - Family Man
Sabres Of Paradise - Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)
Chris Rea - Josephine
D-Train - Walk On By
William Pitt - City Lights
St Etienne - Only Love Will Break Your Heart (Weatherall Remix)
Grace Jones - La Vie En Rose
The Clash - Magnificent Dance/Mustapha Dance
Elkin & Nelson - Jibaro
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme
Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait
Vangelis - Chung Kwo
Pete Wylie - Sinful
Imagination - So Good, So Right
Imagination - Changes [Dub Version]
Most Art of Noise records

Lots of records by the band Kissing The Pink

What about modern balearica?

Aside from the aforementioned Lindstrom, Todd Terje etc, more and more DJs and producers are revisiting balearica. The most high profile example being X-Press 2, whose new album (available summer) is heavily steeped in balearic influences. The beatless version of their most recent single, 'Give It' (featuring Kurt Wagner of Lambchop), is definitely balearic. See also the Freeform Five Remix of 'Our Prayer' by Brian Wilson, the Lindstrom Mix of Diefenbach's 'Make Your Mind Up', most Creative Use re-edit 12s (particularly the one that buggers about with Cat Stevens' 'Is Dog A Doughnut?' and the DFA's remix of 'The Boxer' by the Chemical Brothers.

Where can I buy balearica?

Basically, go to charity shops and second hand shops and check through the B-sides and 12" versions of mid 80s pop hits, alternative anthems and such like. As 'balearic' is more about a vibe than a particular sound, it's open to interpretation - meaning you can play what you like as long as it fits the warm, sun-kissed vibe.

But isn't there a variant of bird called Balearica?

Apparently. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balearica



So now you know  :)

Wovs:
SERIOUSLY Sell By -

THANK YOU!
I will definitely check out some of those tunes and I really look forward to the next installment. You see - with your knowledge and writing skills you can help us change hijack and make it more diverse. Thanks for sharing.  ;D

d:
Quote from: Sell_By_Dave on March 10, 2006, 18:26:56

As promised, the first in an occasional series explaining/twatting on about a particular lesser-known musical genre.

No. 1: BALEARICA

What is balearica?

Balearica is a loose musical term originally used to describe the mix of music played in Ibizan clubs in the mid to late 1980s. Balearica rose to prominense in UK clubs after being "discovered" by DJs like Danny Rampling, NIcky Holloway and Paul Oakenfold, who famously first got turned on to ecstacy on a trip to the White Isle in August 1987 (for Oakenfold's birthday). The most famous "balearic" DJ of the time was probably Alfredo, one of Ibiza's then leading DJs.

What does balearica sound like?

This is a tricky one. Famously, original "balearic" DJs like Alfredo used to play a real mix of styles, from bizarre Spanish pop and alternative 80s tracks to early house, old italo disco and mid 80s club hits. The sound was warm, sun-kissed and often synth-heavy - sunset and sunrise music for happy people dancing in little known Ibizan clubs. There is an argument to say that 'balearic' is more about a feeling and a vibe than a specific sound. There has been a recent trend for European producers like Lindstrom & Prins Thomas and Todd Terje to make very 'balearic' sounding records. These tend to be warm, lush and slow, like smacked-out italo disco records with mid-80s Fleetwood Mac guitars.

What sorts of records could be described as 'balearic'?

Good question. Many bad records have been excused critical punishment because they are supposedly 'balearic' - e.g bad records that sounded good on a beach in Ibiza when pretty much everyone was mashed on E. Generally speaking, many balearic records are quite obscure - unlikely gems hidden on B-sides, early remixes or little known things that sound great in a particular moment. All "balearic" records do, however, share the same sense of warmth and light. It's not about darkness - heavyweight D&B it aint! Tthe following are amongst the most famous "balearic" records:

Fleetwood Mac - Big Love (Arthur Baker Remix)
Fleetwood Mac - Family Man
Sabres Of Paradise - Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)
Chris Rea - Josephine
D-Train - Walk On By
William Pitt - City Lights
St Etienne - Only Love Will Break Your Heart (Weatherall Remix)
Grace Jones - La Vie En Rose
The Clash - Magnificent Dance/Mustapha Dance
Elkin & Nelson - Jibaro
Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love's Theme
Mandy Smith - I Just Can't Wait
Vangelis - Chung Kwo
Pete Wylie - Sinful
Imagination - So Good, So Right
Imagination - Changes [Dub Version]
Most Art of Noise records

Lots of records by the band Kissing The Pink

What about modern balearica?

Aside from the aforementioned Lindstrom, Todd Terje etc, more and more DJs and producers are revisiting balearica. The most high profile example being X-Press 2, whose new album (available summer) is heavily steeped in balearic influences. The beatless version of their most recent single, 'Give It' (featuring Kurt Wagner of Lambchop), is definitely balearic. See also the Freeform Five Remix of 'Our Prayer' by Brian Wilson, the Lindstrom Mix of Diefenbach's 'Make Your Mind Up', most Creative Use re-edit 12s (particularly the one that buggers about with Cat Stevens' 'Is Dog A Doughnut?' and the DFA's remix of 'The Boxer' by the Chemical Brothers.

Where can I buy balearica?

Basically, go to charity shops and second hand shops and check through the B-sides and 12" versions of mid 80s pop hits, alternative anthems and such like. As 'balearic' is more about a vibe than a particular sound, it's open to interpretation - meaning you can play what you like as long as it fits the warm, sun-kissed vibe.

But isn't there a variant of bird called Balearica?

Apparently. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balearica



So now you know  :)


Geek

Lata:
Wow I had no idea that Balearica was this style, Italica and synthy disco with a bit of latino Frankie Knuckles thrown in sounds like heaven.  It sounds like a wicked night!  

I always thought that Balearica was "9pm till I come" tune.  Aww, thanks guy!

Wovs:
Quote from: Lata on March 10, 2006, 18:34:43

I always thought that Balearica was "9pm till I come" tune.  Aww, thanks guy!


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