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Balearic Mix #45 The Original Balearic Classics 

Barefoot In The Head

A few pics from the early years of Ibiza that capture the original Balearic spirt:

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I have put together a selection of some of the original Café Del Mar / Balearic classics as played in the early wide eyed days of sound-tracked sunsets on the white isle. Balearic pop, tropical shufflers and more. Before the advent of Café Del Mar rip-off comps and identikit chill out music, these tracks set the tone for what was to follow.

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Track list:

  1. Art Of Noise – Moments In Love
  2. Antenna – Camino Del Sol
  3. Donna Summer – State Of Independence
  4. Linda Di Franco – TV Scene
  5. Flash & The Pan – Walking In The Rain
  6. Carly Simon – Why
  7. Penguin Café Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
  8. Sueno Latino – Sueno Latino (The Latin Dream)
  9. Tullio de Piscopo – Stop Bajon…Primavera
  10. Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots
  11. A Man Called Adam – Barefoot In The Head (Remix)

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The mix:

Perkin’s further adventures into a Blazing Mass of Constantly Emergent Velvet Patterns

Perkins continues his adventures; getting lost in a haze of psychedelic grooves in beautiful junkyards, the labs of wired doctors experimenting with energy, down back alleys, red lit eastern European discos and electronic beat playing hideaways.

Perkins loves to share his adventures in sound, why not join him.

Track list
1. Cherry Stones – A Pattern Emerges
2. Andrzej Korzynski – L’arme Du Milleiieu Parkarz
3. Beard In Dust – Biala Sowa, Biala Darma, Bialy Kruk
4. Fatma – The Dirty Beat
5. Free Association – Heavy Velvet Affair
6. Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca – Completto Geometrico (Andy Weatherall remix)
7. The Solid Doctor – A Blazing Mass Of Energy
8. Fur – Pulp
9. Jamie Paton – Telefuture
10. Beautiful Junkyards – Constant Flux
11. Nicolas Peyrak – Rite
12. Family Four – En Hast Utan Namn

Perkins story

Perkins alarm clock had failed him; he consoled himself with the thought that it at least still told the right time twice a day – he’d heard that somewhere but couldn’t recall when or by whom.

Time to rise,  Time to travel,  Time to explore. Like an aural cosmic amalgalm of Mr.Benn, Billy Liar and a beatnik Doctor Who, Perkins traverses time and space in order to uncover adventures in sound.

“I found myself seeking something, an item that would assist with forming order to my days. I needed a device that would somehow categorise, divide and provide instant information on the passing of my days. It must also alert me from my slumber should I need to attend urgent matters. What would such a device be? Who could create such a thing? I must go in search of such a wonder.

I cross continents, speak with psychedelic shamans of percussion, doctors of science trying to control energy as a mass and seek guidance on future developments from technicians of boundless creativity. I only find myself  lost in a dusty village, listening to a familiar tune recounted in an unfamiliar tongue. My travel are not over – I still seek a device to order time itself.”

Perkins – As told to Andy Hickford.

Perkins will return…

Hear This! Sharing mixes & Soundcloud

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I have been posting mixes to mixcloud for a couple of years now, and have been pretty happy with the platform. It does everything I need it to, whilst not necessarily being incredible. Its advantages?
– It’s free (massive plus)
– It is easy to use
– No take downs
– Designed for dj mixes

On the downside though it is;
– Not as popular as Soundcloud
– Has smaller listener numbers

– No downloads

– Has slightly odd rules regarding the number of tracks by tge same artist allowed in each mix.

Now none of his really mattered to me, I accept I am not going to get thousands of plays evey week, I’m posting mixes as I like getting records onto a digital format that enables me to listen easily when out & about and it is nice to share the music you love. The limitations are far outweighed by the fact it was free.

Meanwhile, many people I know have been having big issues with Soundcloud and have switched allegiance to Hearthis. What were the problems with Soundcloud? Largely the take downs. Whilst fo a long time people could get round the first track id issue by use of a sample, ambient noise etc… recently SC has become more militant. Three strikes rules have seen hundreds of hours of mixes, radio shows and podcasts lost as SC removed accounts. This hasn’t just effected friends, world famous NTS were the latest victims.

This caused a lot of anger. I never paid to use Soundcloud, I felt for my low profile that I don’t need to be shelling out, so fortunately I haven’t been caught up in this. The arguments about the right and wrong of SC’s actions can rage on. For me it seemed that whilst Soundcloud was clearly a popular and highly subscribed toplatform that enabled high volume listens to be accumulated it had one inherent flaw.

Soundcloud wasn’t intended to be used for dj mixes, it was designed to be used as a platform forcsharing original productions.  You paid a fee to support the servers, and the platform itself as well as its ongoing development.  The fee wasn’t intended to cover royalties to the artists whose work was used in mixes. So SC got caught, artists felt hard done by and major labels got precious about their music and started flexing muscles. Meanwhile those posting mixes felt they were being shafted by SC as they had paid their money but were having their work taken down, or even their entire account removed, losing listens, followers, contacts they had spent years building up. In some cases where no back ups were present people lost hours of mixes they may have done years ago and spent days working on.

So, against that backdrop many were searching for a new location to post mixes. A lot of friends have plumped for Hearthis, so I’m giving it a go too. It is free for a basic profile (you can have 10,000 listens and 5,000 downloads of your mixes -so should last me some time!). Or you can upgrade to a premium account for about twenty pounds that allows unlimited plays/downloads of your mixes as well as faster uploads. Let’s see how it goes on Hearthis then… if you have any thoughts on SC, Mixcloud etc… I’d be interested to hear them.

My mixes can be found at the link below.

https://hearthis.at/andyhickforddowntownscience/

So if you have a minute or 60 hear these…

Balearic Mix #3 Analogue Dreams Part 3

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This is the latest mix I’ve uploaded to Mixcloud. A selection of balearic grooves, chill out, downtempo and a few more upbeat shufflers towards the end. This has been one of my more popular uploads, getting over 200 plays in its first 4 days and reaching the top 5 in Eclectic and Chill Out charts. This should go well with some sunshine and an Estrella.

There are a few new tracks, including the return of U-Star records with Shrinkwrap’s ‘Outhouse’, and recent releases from Is It Balearic? and Aficionado. In addition there are a couple of classics from Bjorn Torske, and an older release from International Feel. I hope you will enjoy it.

Tracklist to follow