A defining feature of the Ibiza DJ-ing approach is individuality through diversity, so it makes sense that Balearic Reggae is not only of the broadest collections of Jamaican (and quasi-Jamaican) music you’ll hear, but also one of the most idiosyncratic. This is probably the only place where roots reggae, dub reggae, reggae-disco, reggae hip-hop, reggae trip-hop, a chart-topping reggae-ska smash and a Culture Club B-side all come together. As the inclusion of the Mighty Diamonds, Burning Spear, Culture and other purists attest, there are plenty of authentic island sounds — no Swedish reggae here. But Sly Dunbar, Peter Tosh and Keith Hudson all mix their grooves with angular funk to rump-shaking effect. As their song goes, one-hit-wonders Althea & Donna are “strictly roots,” but that didn’t stop this female teen duo from topping the UK pop chart in 1978 with an unpolished gem that unjustly flopped in the US, “Uptown Top Ranking.”
By Philip Sherburne on 02.18.15 in Features
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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...