DJ’s, musicians, producers, collectors, students & owners of 2 mighty labels Ism Records and Midnight Riot, Yam Who? gained international notoriety for their ground breaking re-edits & remixes and production skills in early 2003 and no one knew where they came from!
Credited with creating a genre free musical style all of their own, the duo are inspired by Quincy Jones, Funkadelic, Herbie Hancock, , Theo Parrish, Leroy Burgess, Maurice Fulton, Greg Wilson, Tensnake, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patrick Adams & Prince.
Driven to achieve a clear musical identity, and a high level of sonic quality Yam Who? set up Ism Records in 2009 whilst their latest endeavour is the Midnight Riot label, was created in 2012.
Their epic Midnight Riot epic compilations constantly hit the Juno No 1 album spot & are thrilling journeys into unknown territory, a place where eclectic broader minds meet, working their way smoothly through the world of Techno, Italo, Ghetto, Funk and Balearic. Falling somewhere between edit-not-edits, illicit remixes and original productions, with additional nu-disco and deep house touches, all the releases feature killer breakdown’s laced with big time euphoria.
The 2 rapidly growing labels release music from around the world from the likes of, NYC Odyssey, Joey Negro, Imagination, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Kon, Ron Basejam, Rayko, Ashley Beedle , Faze Action, Pete Herbert, Soul Clap, Danielle Baldelli, John Morales, Deadly Sins, PBR Streetgang, Leo Zero, Mark E, Dead Rose Music Company and countless others.
Yam Who? have touched, remixed and sprinkled magic studio dust over the years on the some of the biggest and most obscure artists in the game including, John Legend, Azymuth, The Roots, Joss Stone, Sunburst Band, Crazy P, Zero 7, Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff, Amp Fiddler, Jill Scott, Raphael Saadiq, Grace Jones.
And here’s the mix..
“Sagajar”, Gallo surrounds a whirlpool of outerspace bubbles in darkly glowing pads, while melodic sequences join hand drums covered in layers of fog. It’s like drifting beneath the ocean’s surface, with melodious currents and percussive bass synths carrying you through an underwater wonderland filled with shimmering sea-plants and swirls of rainbow hued jellyfish. – Octagon Eyes.
JAMES – BRIGHT – LA DIGUE
Gallo – Sagajar
Coyote – Inside This
SYLVESTER – Need Somebody Tonight – Psychemagik Dub Remix
Mántas & Venclà – Sun
Pretending ( Tape-Version )
KAAN – Adab I Rakl ‘Field Of Dreams Remix’
Christophe – Zorla
GP002 – B2 – Slim Dusty
Octagon Eyes lives tucked away in the mountains of Colorado and has spent the better part of the last decade exploring the outer reaches of prog and psychedelia with the musical collective Sungod. Somewhere along the way an interest in writing developed and The Sun Lounge began, which is a vinyl focused blog allowing him to dive deep into the cosmic, new age, ambient, and balearic music he loves so much (with a focus on current releases).
In that spirit, this continuous vinyl mix collects some of the most ecstatic and euphoric seaside bangers of the year and wraps them around with naturalistic ambiance and aquamarine clouds of new age atmosphere. It’s an adventurous journey, transporting the listener to some interstellar beach party with radiant starlight raining down and bodies moving in harmony through the feverish night.
Seahawks – Eternal Beams | Ocean Moon
Beach Wizards – The Diamond Sea | Tracy Island
Sign Libra – Outro: Oophaga Pumilio | Antinote
Ilija Rudman (feat. Andre Espeut) – Tears to Sound (Aquapella Mix) | NuNorthern Soul
Ilija Rudman – Motions (Don Carlos Ambient Mix) | Is It Balearic?
Jura Soundsystem – Jungle Ambient Tool I Temples of Jura
Okinawa Delays (feat. Satoko Ishimine) – Lotta Love (Psychemagik Dub Mix) | Music for Dreams
Jura Soundsystem – Udaberri Blues (Space Mix) | Temples of Jura
Ghost Vision – Shakuhachi | Love on the Rocks
Tony Esposito – Dove c’è luce (LucaEffeSunset Balearic Seagulls and Children Mix) | Archeo Recordings
Krystal Klear – Division Ave | Running Back
Sth. Notional – Yawn Yawn Yawn (Dream…Another Reality Mix) [Wave Outro] | Archeo Recordings
Kito Jempere – Ampa (Max Essa Remix) | Hell Yeah Recordings
BIO : Giango’s musical journey began in ’88 with the balearic infused sound of acid house. Thereafter it was collecting vinyl and producing/remixing with his friends out of a studio, converted from a WW2 air raid shelter, in Lillie Road Fulham. Diversity is his key, from world music, sunshine soul through electro and psychedelic folk-funk. A sucker for brasilian vibes from the 60s/70s, CSN style guitars and harmonies. Always with an ear out for music peppered with flute & lush strings…and the beat goes on.
Eclectics has been quietly getting on with the business of releasing essential music for over a year now, establishing itself as a label that has quality as the only constant in a wide-ranging back catalogue. This latest release is no exception, but that’s not to say it isn’t exceptional. All the way from Daytona Beach in Florida, Justin Weems aka Faint Waves, brings music to fall for in a big way.
“Paradise Lost” begins with metronomic bongos before a pillow of bass provides the softest of landings for the incoming, chiming notes to fall on. A softly plucked guitar picks up the melodic themes, busy without rushing, it’s all about pace, not haste. It’s music that is truly transportative, evoking rich summer sunsets, gentle breezes and utter contentment.
The Dream Chimney dub mix of “Paradise Lost” shows a very different side with drums and handclaps that are full of 80s pop and true Balearic spirit. The keyboards and guitar of the original appear as echoed moments, pinballing around the song as you sway from side to side aware of nothing but the music and your own grin. Music for the self, not the selfies.
Anthony Puglisi, otherwise known Rollmottle (SENTRALL RECORDS), ratchets things up further still with a remix of “Sea of Dreams” that moves from a twitchy, insistent beginning to arpeggiated bassline bliss. The deep, slow-hammer of the low register adds an urgency to proceedings that engages the listener with the original elements in an entirely different way. In other words, it’s exactly what a remix should be.
eclectics release ec0007 by Faint Waves on 6|08|2018
For more info on Eclectics visit: eclectics.bandcamp.com/music
For more info on Faint Waves visit: faintwaves.bandcamp.com/music
You may know Matthew Crouse as the co-founder of Psych-dance outfit Risky Disko (Philadelphia, USA). They recently released an EP of edits on Brazilian label About Disco entitled “Disco Afreeka”. Matt has put together a worldy cosmic adventure for us in the form of a mix.
The series has been on hold for a while now, this one I can only say is the one to relaunch it with.
Matty’s sound has been described as cosmic, psychedelic and moody- which makes sense when you consider the wildly varied influences he draws from; including but not limited to post-punk, Italo, house and left-field disco.
HERE IT IS……
RISKY DISKO | DISKO AFREEKA
Dancing – Jumbo (Em Vee Edit)
Robot84 – THESE DRUMS
Rollmottle – Jack The Sunrise (Extended Dub)
40 Thieves- Ode To Bee (Andi Hanly remix)
Riviere Noir – Nao Va Embora (Leo Zero Edit)
CAetano – ile aye
Jon Hammer – Don’t You Know
Skyrager – Magik Mountain
Faint Waves – Sea of Dreams (Rollmottle Remix)
Kaan – Adab I Rakı
Aimes – You Should Be Feeling Wonderful
First volume of Special Editions from Magic Wand. Skyrager drops 4 killer edits. Listen to the clips here x
Buy here, SKY RANGER EDITS they’re true beauties!!!!
When thinking Balearic, there is a name that should strike you right away. No, not Ibiza itself, but the man responsible for producing and curating some of the lushest sunset music the White Island has ever heard – Steve Miller, perhaps most commonly known as Afterlife. Making a name for himself in the early 2000’s by playing monumental events such as Glastonbury, headlining Cafe Del Mar’s 20th anniversary party and reaching the top of the UK charts by remixing Another Chance from Roger Sanchez, he’s managed a consistency unlike many others in the decade and a half since.
Releasing standout classic albums such as “Simplicity Two Thousand” and “Speck of Gold”, his music has been released on the premiere labels of the time, such as Hed Kandi and Defected, while also being featured on numerous compilations to date. Not only is he a master of his craft, but he’s also managed to attract some of the best in the business to work with him, namely K-Klass, Jose Padilla, Chris Coco and an almost inconceivable amount of others. Lately, Steve has shifted his output to his own record label, Subatomic UK, averaging an album release every two years over the past six years.
Not looking to break that pattern, we’re happy to announce that Afterlife is back with another full length offering entitled “String Theory”. This time, Miller seems to shed a bit more of the White Isle in his productions, with the album presenting a deeper, more introspective angle of his musical prowess. As per usual, plenty of different influences are to be found within, from the impeccable flamenco-inspired tremolo guitar of the title track to the driving rhythm and vivid textures of Give It Up, there is not a single flaw to be found. The album is diverse yet remarkably coherent, rightfully demonstrating why Afterlife is a name that hasn’t faded for 20 years.
This time Afterlife looks to build a bridge to the dance floor, with a pair of remixes released on a 12” with one of the lead singles ahead of the album. ‘Give It Up’ gets the treatment from two of the underground’s current finest. WOLF Music’s Medlar changes up the percussion and gives it a more tropical flare, all the while using the main arpeggiated elements of the original, adding his own airy synth work and groovy bassline that’s just bound to set dancefloors on fire. The second rework comes from Futureboogie’s mainstay Christophe. Choosing to work with atmospheric strings and vocals, this version utilizes plenty of the producer’s own groovy ingredients. Managing to inject some funk into his take, the bassline and disco toms give it a fresh, playful vibe that pleasantly contrasts the original.
The remix 12” is set to hit shops first as a teaser to the full product in mid -June with the album following closely behind.
Five years since its double EP release on Back To The Balearics, the Pastel Love suite is now united as one album for the first time.
Maricopa’s self-styled “Balectronica” sound is showcased across nine colourful and melodic instrumentals that channel a timeless sense of nostalgia in a world of its own.
This release features new album art and a classy tracklist card to keep you right on your journey.
Limited edition CD of 100.