eclec0032 | Oscar Smith | Leeds | 29|11|16

Oscar smith is a vinyl addict based in Leeds. After moving to Yorkshire 3 years ago he quickly fell in love with the city’s inclusive club scene, and has been DJing as long as he’s been attending Cosmic Slop. His arsenal spans balearic, disco, house and techno, and he’s as happy playing Subterranean Belters as he is Sunrise Balearica.

 

 

eclec0030| Gordon Kaye | 27|11|16

DJing since 1985. Started THE SUNSHINE PLAYROOM at The Escape Club, Brighton in 1985, playing an eclectic mix of Soul, Motown, Punk, Post Punk, Psychedelia and Indie. The night progressed to Acid House and Indie Dance during its halcyon days. In 1991, DJ sets moved further into dance and Gordon was invited to play some of the UK’s best nights, including Chuff Chuff, Wobble, Golden, Back To Basics, Rennaisance, Venus, Smile, Sterns, Up Your Ronson and The Milk Bar. Residencies in the mid Nineties at both Cream & Ministry of Sound and regularly played all over the world.

https://soundcloud.com/blue-3/gordon-kaye-eclectics-november-2016-blend

Mushrooms Project | forth coming Album | Rivera Corymbosa | 2nd Dec | Leng Records

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I had the pleasure of being able to listen to this tonight.. Wow, those Italian bearded wonders have done it again….. This Album has a lighter feel to some of their previous work, it flows and you have no choice but to flow with it.. Rivera Corymbosa has the elements we’ve all become used too Guitars,spoken vocals, balearic, acid, mesmerizing undertones.. Ideal to the start any night,  or to finish one off once home. This is a brilliant piece of work not one bad track in the whole Album.. Order your copy in advance with the link below.. enjoy…. Grant.

https://lengrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mushrooms-project-rivea-corymbosa

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Artist: Mushrooms Project
Title: RIVEA CORYMBOSA
A1. RIVEA CORYMBOSA
A2. RIO PARAÍBA DO SUL
B1. DIRTY BOLAS
B2. CoraçãO
C1. PULSAçAO
C2. BAIANO
D1. DUBBY BOLAS
Label: Leng (LP)
Cat: LENGLP010
Release date: 2nd December 2016

Take a trawl through Mushroom Projects’ ample back catalogue, and you’ll immediately be…

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Nayla | Thai Stick | Album | release |

When asked where Nayla | Hari Nayla | got the  inspiration for his a new album Thai stick.. This was his answer…. (even though the name gives it away)

“I always experience an explosion of creativity when dropped in a foreign, unknown environment. This is exactly what happened with my latest album “Thai Stick”. I moved to Bangkok to explore a new city where I was working by day as a Graphic Designer and by night a DJ in a very small but great music scene. I started the first track “Odyssey Pt. 2” on the plane journey hence the name and from then I didn’t stop making new tracks for 4 months and racked up a folder of about 16 beats. I then scaled this down to the final 8 tracks on the album. I will be moving back to the UK in December where I will be focusing on creating a live show of my own beats using a Roland SP-404 to tour around festivals next year.”

This Album has a broad set of influences Hip hop Jazz World Funk Soul Latin American.. Nayla has created something quite alternative and easy to enjoy.. You be the judge of that have a listen below.

Avaiable to buy here on bandcamp

A little a mix to accompany this feature on Thai Stick.. Click and enjoy a little Hip Hop Journey.

 

with love form Micky and Grant.

We talk to Andy Pye about all that is Balearic Social | Tommy Awards | Sessions II | BS004 |

Andy Pye the man behind Balearic Social does Q&A’s for eclectics.

Balearic Social
We are all weightless under the sun

Why release records? Why have a radio show? They are both good questions.

Neither will make you rich but that’s not the point in the words of David Byrne
‘ always for love never for money’.

The Radio show and monthly get together.

Balearic Social came as an answer to wanting to play my record collection to people but generally from home from my record cave it’s not a cave but more like a bunker as my wife would call it.

An old friend who I used to sell records to when I worked as a buyer for HMV had started up a station called Northern Underground, so I contacted him to see if he could help out.

I started off doing a mid-week radio show in early 2011, which lasted probably around 12 months, before some other friends put me in touch with Purple Radio chief  Ian Black.

Eighty-Six had me play over at a small little café bar a night they used to run in Manchester, but they also had a show on Purple Radio and I thought it would probably suit what I was doing.

So lots of shows and amazing guest mixes later, 2017 will see 5 years on Purple-Radio, it’s built itself into a great community for like-minded people. My show runs Sunday mornings 8am – 12pm so if you want to hear some music you might know, but maybe lots you haven’t then check the links below.

www.purple-radio.co.uk

Balearic Social also has a monthly night at Outlaws Yacht Club in Leeds
First Sat of the month 6pm-Midnight records and friends with myself and Old Pal.

http://outlawsyachtclub.com

Balearic Social – The Label | BSR001

 

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Around July 2015 I received an email from a guy named Vlad with some songs to see if I’d be interested in them think Paul Byrne (Apiento/Test Pressing) had mentioned me to him as a possible suitor.

That email contained Ziggurat, which as you know was the first release in Dec 2015 from Eirwud Mudwasser.

Being the first release and as I self finance the label, we did a ltd run of 250 which pretty much went in about 8 weeks.

Discogs prices got a bit daft so we repressed this year and there are a few left, but that set a good tone for what was to follow.

BSR002-Zmatsutsi

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Zmatsutsi a mysterious collective of like-minded people who unbeknown to people at the time were Joe Gill Heidi Armitage & Tim Hutton all based in Yorkshire.

Mogadishu went a bit mad, as Harvey had requested the stems to play at his MOS night in London so by the time it came to release the orders went through the roof.
I’d like to say a massive thanks to Hugh at Pacific Beach for pointing it in the direction of Mr Bassett who has pretty much caned the track on his travels worldwide.

The video for Mogadishu shot by the talented Shaun B was short listed for the Leeds International Video Awards just last week if you want to see it you can view on the link here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3740cBQ3kzw

BSR003 Joe Morris – Bahia EP

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Balearic Social’s third release and now the pace slowed down somewhat in the shape of Joe’s ep which we had discussed some months earlier when I said I wanted to release these tracks.

I have known Joe for a few years and most will know him as part of the Clandestino collective with Nick & Iain.

One thing I would say is these tracks along with the previous Is it Balearic release Joe has had out capture that sunshine sound which once you get your sound then these tracks hit that spot and Joe has a great ear for sound and texture all four tracks are a thing of beauty.

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Tommy Awards – Sessions II

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Tommy Awards Sessions II first saw the light as a cassette via Origin Peoples but I’d bought the earlier release’s on Magic Feet I was just surprised at the time that it wasn’t on vinyl.

So I contacted Jeremy at Origin Peoples to see if he could help me make contact and an email went out and within 24 hours Sessions II was lined up as release number 4.

Clocking in at a wonderful 23 minutes each side the record is a masterpiece journey of music which needed a vinyl release. Snippets below..

The artwork

For Ziggurat I knew Jamie Patton as part of a collective i’d played records with called Raised by Wolves and remembered seeing that Jellyfish (or Man o War to precise) piece and knew that was to be the first front cover amazing design hand drawn.

Jamie also designed the record bag/t-shirt Sun & Ocean for Balearic Social.

You can view Jamie’s work via the link

http://www.jamie-patton.com

Mogadishu/Bahia EP

Pretty much the artists will allow or should I say trust me with the artwork. Myself and Stuart Daly had become friends over the last few years, he has designed flyers, posters for me and also been responsible for the recent Come Together t-shirt.

For Mogadishu the only conversation myself and Joe Gill had about it that it should be a Space Age Jungle Theme bit like Sun Ra, I think he captured that thought with the sleeve.

Bahia took the sleeves to a whole new level. Based on a design Stuart had done for a calendar a few years ago he had sent me one so when the design for this was decided Stuart mixed a great day and night feel on either side.

If you would like to check Stuart’s work you can view via the link.

http://stuartdaly.com

Tommy Awards – Sessions II

As with the earlier cassette and vinyl releases Leolyxx (Leo Hallin) has hand drawn the sleeves, so as to keep with tradition this will include the original artwork from Leo.

Leo kindly put a mix together for Balearic Social Radio, which you can download via the Soundcloud here.

You can make contact here.
leolyxx@gmail.com

Archive shows and mixes

I-Tunes
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/balearic-social/id1151150570?mt=2

Tommy Awards

Tommy Awards put a mix together to go with the Bs004 release click the link below for a listen and download.

https://soundcloud.com/blue-3/tommymix-2016

 

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Mushrooms Project | forth coming Album | Rivera Corymbosa | 2nd Dec | Leng Records

I had the pleasure of being able to listen to this tonight.. Wow, those Italian bearded wonders have done it again….. This Album has a lighter feel to some of their previous work, it flows and you have no choice but to flow with it.. Rivera Corymbosa has the elements we’ve all become used too Guitars,spoken vocals, balearic, acid, mesmerizing undertones.. Ideal to the start any night,  or to finish one off once home. This is a brilliant piece of work not one bad track in the whole Album.. Order your copy in advance with the link below.. enjoy…. Grant.

https://lengrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mushrooms-project-rivea-corymbosa

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Artist: Mushrooms Project
Title: RIVEA CORYMBOSA
A1. RIVEA CORYMBOSA
A2. RIO PARAÍBA DO SUL
B1. DIRTY BOLAS
B2. CoraçãO
C1. PULSAçAO
C2. BAIANO
D1. DUBBY BOLAS
Label: Leng (LP)
Cat: LENGLP010
Release date: 2nd December 2016

Take a trawl through Mushroom Projects’ ample back catalogue, and you’ll immediately be struck by their constant artistic progression. Throughout their career, Giorgio Giri and Marco Lentano have refused to stand still, with each successive release offering a subtle signs of musical evolution.
They’re at it again on Rivea Corymbosa, a sophomore set that’s markedly different – albeit similarly minded – to their 2013 debut album, Undergrass. That album bristled with psychedelic intent, offering fuzzy, thickset fusions of dub-disco grooves, gritty funk-rock guitar licks and acid-fried musical flourishes. It was in marked contrast to their early 12” singles, which offered a nu-disco-era take on the pioneering Cosmic Disco sound developed in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s by fellow Italians Daniele Baldelli and Beppe Loda.
With Rivea Corymbosa, the Parma-based production duo has moved on once more. For starters, it’s far breezier and more positive in feel than many of their previous releases. The claustrophobic atmosphere and drowsy textures, so noticeable on Undergrass, have been replaced by the kind of lazy, sun-kissed vibe that evokes thoughts of Adriatic sunsets and afternoons spent by the pool on the Italian Riviera.
Even more startling is the duo’s expanded musical repertoire. The album features a much wider array of elements, from the title track’s darting Rhodes keys, vintage synth solos and wah-wah guitar flashes, to the humid pedal steel lines of “Baiano”, and the husky spoken vocals and spooky flute solos of the sparse, bongo-laden “Pulsacao”. They’re not afraid to utilize their own field recordings, either, as the children’s chatter underpinning recent single “Dirty Bolas” perfectly proves.
Throughout, the percussion feels loose and organic, the guitars casual but funky, the keys sumptuous and sensual, and the bass lines warm, rich and intoxicating. It’s the sound of two confident musicians, comfortable in their art, making music to soothe minds and gently tease punters towards the dancefloor.
soundcloud.com/lengrecords

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MUSHROOMS PROJECT

Mushrooms Project is Giorgio Giri and Marco Lentano, producers and serial collectors of vinyl with a common passion for dj’ing and for any type of music whatsoever. The project came into being in 2003 when Giorgio, a punk band drummer and vinyl collector with a strong preference for anything from psychedelic rock to Afro, meets Marco a deejay since 1994 who mixes every possible kind of dance music; from afro to house, passing through techno and progressive.

The first step was to put their affinities together and create a dj duo with a strong experimental and eclectic inclination. In 2006 Marco and Giorgio move into more slo-mo sounds, offering low bpm music with psychedelic influences but also taking in funk, pop, afro and disco house. The following year the duo turn to producing their own music and get noticed by Stevie Kotey and Paul Murphy who push them to their first release.

Bear Funk, Electric Minds, Under The Shade, Tirk, Pizzico, Slow Motion, Is it Balearic!, Uber, Hell Yeah!, Leng, Jansen Jardin, Ene Japan have all released music by the Mushrooms and these labels mark their first ten years of production activity.

2013 saw their debut album ‘Undergrass’ released on Leng Records, which was a continuous evolution of their sound elaborated in close contact with other musicians.

In 2015, Ivan King, a talented guitarist who had collaborated many times with the Mushrooms Project, became an integral part of their productions.

Mushrooms Project have now dj’ed across the world and are known for their hallucinating and all encompassing music that is made using live instrumentation such as guitar, bass, synth and percussion to create a “dirty” but unique insight to the very long, deep, mesmerizing and unusual minds of the Mushrooms.

http://soundcloud.com/lengrecords

http://www.lengrecords.com/

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