Balearic Leftfield focuses on offbeat dance records of the ’80s, which is basically what this Balearic series is about. It’s where the eccentric and disco-centric circles of UK New Wave (and their European cousins) overlap. Of course that includes Thomas Dolby’s biggest hit, Duran Duran’s first Giorgio Moroder-aping single, oft-overlooked Human League (and their pseudonymous spin-off, the Men), and Simple Minds at their most hypnotic. But it also includes Laid Back’s club classic, buried disco-not-disco treasure from Belgium’s Telex and Allez Allez, Germany’s Deutsch Amerikanische Freudschaft spoofing anti-immigrant phobias, a strikingly erotic UK hit from Hot Chocolate and some arty funk from prog guitarist Steve Hillage. And if you’re looking for Swedish dancefloor esoterica, Diggy Tal & the Numbers, Micke Hagström and Ragnar Grippe have your number.
By Philip Sherburne on 02.18.15 in Features
The young but sophisticated Spanish band talk about their '90s-channeling rock.
By Philip Sherburne on 08.15.13 in Reviews
A sense of déjà vu flashes as Jupiter Lion tears into "Silver Constellation," the opening song on the Spanish trio's Silver Mouth. The group makes no secret of its debt to Krautrock, particularly Neu!: The rippling drums...
By Barry Walters on 07.26.13 in Collections
Like Krautrock and Northern Soul, Balearic Beat is a genre not recognized by those who created it. And, like the aforementioned musical categories, it was the Brits who bestowed this name on the sound they "discovered."...
By Laura Studarus on 05.16.13 in Lists
The Eurovision Song Contest was established as way to bring European countries together after World War II. The first competition was held in the town of Lugano, Switzerland, on May 24, 1956. Since then, it's become a sp...