Flaunting some ultra-mainstream names ordinarily anathema to other exhaustive catalog exhumations, Balearic Pop combines the familiar with the obscure to make the point that great music is great music, no matter who sings it or how it’s marketed — a key tenant of Ibiza’s club philosophy. Adult contemporary queens Kim Carnes and Sheena Easton rub shoulders with the far artier likes of Talk Talk and It’s Immaterial, yet the whole set flows smoothly from start. Don’t be ashamed — you know you love Kajagoogoo’s “Too Shy,” particularly in Mark Kamins’s 12″ mix. Eighties pop doesn’t mix sonic sophistication and psychological rawness better than the Blue Nile’s “Tinseltown in the Rain,” a taster from an album waiting to be rediscovered by today’s fans of Rhye and Jessie Ware.
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...