With the exception of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican,” a DJ staple on NYC’s disco and hip-hop scenes, this brazenly esoteric set wanders furthest into murky areas of the European EMI catalog where the US could not follow. It also strays significantly from the smooth and sunny sounds commonly understood as Balearic; it’s hard to imagine most of this unsteady stuff generating much action on any dancefloor. But even the gnarly bits sometimes give way to unexpected grooves — dig that savage drum break in Swedish band Storm’s crazy “Lt. Calley Bjuder Upp,” a sonic blueprint for today’s indie freakout favorites Goat.
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...