- Release Date 2017-08-11
- Label Real Balearic
- Catalog RBLRC019
For those Zoologists out there you may notice that the albums song titles (mostly) are all extinct animals. A clever naming concept but as you will hear the music is far from primeval. The LP opens up with recent single "Poouli". It registers at the top of the Balearic speed end but the varied synthesizer grooves and vibe are pure 90's balearic (i.e. looking back to the 80s sound and mish-mashing a collage of styles and sound). "Quagga" follows and the tempo and grooves are toned down a few notches. This summer-haze smoulderer features lazy guitar and the summer sky-lark flute of Rocca (not only a DJ a fine musician too).
Recent single "Pongo". The Kalimba is out in full force as are the lethargic grooves and lazy bass guitar. Stabby synth and quirky counter melodies round off sound with just enough quirkiness to succeed. "Dodo" sees proceedings take a slight leftfield detour with its weaving (and slightly menacing) hot-sun synth lines setting the tone.
The flip side of the LP opens up with "Megaloceros". The track is heavy and large on percussion and latin-inspired shakers. The sparse instrumentation leaving space for the track to fill let the beach-time moods flood in to complete it. "Oryx Dammah" is an early evening sonic-builder full of terrace-sweeping pluck-synth groove. The LP closes with "Java Tiger". It slow, low, mysterious and powerful just as its name sake.
Eight tracks of Balearic travels from some of the people who invented it!
Please feel free to play these at whatever tempo or speed you see fit.