a year after his debut outing on the label, max essa makes a welcome return to hell yeah with the han zon roc ep, which is another of his impossibly laidback offerings. essa is of course the long time uk talent who has become a part of the balearic mafia thanks to releases on labels like aficionado, music for dreams, and his own jansen jardin. this is the second coming together of artist and label and is another timeless excursion far out to sea. opener han zon roc (midori coup) is an epic 12inch minute adventure that slowly awakens your spirit with new age guitar plucks and heavenly ambience before organic drums slowly being to drift into earshot. they grow ever larger as synths start to spray about the mix, hand drums pitter patter and big chords bring the soul-shine. its like the soundtrack to an afternoon boat party all condensed into one brilliant cut. how you showed me everything then gets super chill with lazy drum tumbles, bendy guitar lines and scattered hits. withering cosmic chords colour the airwaves and its a track that will slow your heartbeat to nothing. last of all, rain birds alfalfa jam is a analogue drum work out with early 90s hip hop influences and diving basslines. it s light and airy, nimble and playful and of course filled with the sort of tropical rays that make all of essa works so brilliantly escapist.
max essa - lanterns is a brand-new artist album from the japanese based producer & dj and his first release on copenhagens music for dreams label. tranquility, alone in a taxi riding through empty streets, neon fades into sunrise. a refuge from the disorientating energy of the night. the sleeper train to izumo. an okinawan beach at dusk.
summer mode on. balearic 4, compiled by breese, is the soundtrack for summer, brim-full of beach-ready tunes that truly reflect ibizas chilled musical spirit. featuring two album exclusives: on-u sounds cosmic fla-menco dub of los twangueros and a breese remix of robot 84 that brings spanish guitars firmly to the fore. digital exclusives too, quinn lukes different aspirations offers i-know-this familiarity, emerson kitamura covers 70s classic rock your baby in lullaby style, while max manettis changuinola winks back towards the happy mondays circa 1989. other highlights include gallos faron - currently proving the sunset bomb with ibiza djs j-walks modern remake of mazes twilight fuga rontos rework of kay zees barny as a modern-day down-tempo beauty, plus joe morris skies reprise, which carries the mood dreamily off into the night. a dozen true pearlers, each one confident and ready to take their place amongst any quality collection.
long time is it balearic artist max essa returns with two warm weather bombs.
first up is mekko sekko an early evening shuffler full of all max’s trademark sounds subtly charming the most horizontal listener onto the dancefloor.
top post sunset shuffler. craig bratley pumps up the bass sounds and drops an lovely vocal accent. we love this remix at iib a real fav. reminiscent of an early doors flying track the b-side is the stand alone track aestival a beautifully evocative journey from chilled out bliss do chuggy dancefloor grooving done as only max can do. great to have him back.
next up on hell yeah is -the most balearic record i have ever released- according to label boss & it comes from japan s disco don max essa which features a four part track, themes from the hood, the cad, & the lovely, on one side of vinyl, and two more on the flip. essa was born matthew bruce and the uk artist has now been releasing his blissed out beats on labels like feel music, electric minds, bear funk and is it balearic? recording for a decade. a prolific producer whose big hits like panorama suite/uptown vibration (is it balearic?) from 2010 have long been in the hell yeah boss s record bag, essa first approached the label with a bunch of tracks. a good correspondence alchemy ensued and together the artist and label decided to put out the most timeless 12inch possible. the exquisitely ambitious themes from the hood, the cad, & the lovely is almost 12 minutes of serene ambient synth work that is like a soundtrack to a hot summer s day. heavenly chords sound just like a breathy female vocal and as they come and go, one finger piano tinkles add real emotional beauty and gentle twinkles shimmer in the distance. half way through lazy drums propel things along at a loveably lethargic pace and immediately place you on the beach. on the flip, saguaro is just as organic and beautiful, but has tumbling drums, wooden hits and soft claps as well as essa s magical synth work all bathing your soul in warm rays. b2 buran chime is perfectly horizontal and expansive, with tinkling triangles, angelic chords and scattered hits and harpsichord sounds all radiating effusively. this is timeless music that will calm busy minds now and forever.
over the course of just four releases, the palms & charms label has quickly established itself as a purveyor of fine original music, enjoying support around the globe. their fifth release sees tokyo magician max essa drop one of his hottest eps to date. have you ever wondered what it would be like to be truly footloose and fancy free? have you ever dreamed of another way of life - free from the constraints of your current existence? well, here it is? the blame it on rea ep will elevate you to a completely new way of understanding - not just of yourself, but the world! forget the trials and tribulations put upon you by the man and enjoy the beauty and wonder proferred by the man â€“ max essa. available for a limited time only - seek and ye shall find!
iib reach their 40th release with label stalwart max essa s latest ep. feel the machine is a protohouse groove with touches of italodisco. chugging bassline and cowbells making it a real dancer. panapolean dreamer is a more downtempo beat driven affair with eastern strings on a mellow new beat vibe. the second side starts with tall shadows walking home. again max explores the proto house sound all smothered in lovely electronic melodies. twenty types of dusk relaxes the tempo again. trademark max essa balearic. a killer ep. to celebrate 40 12inch releases.
balearic maestro max essa joins the dots seamlessly between the ambient imaginings of sakamoto, the krautrock rhythms of neu and the beach pop of chris rea, while making them all dance together like waves on the beach. this is some of his very best work to date and demonstrates a producer at home at the controls and a real musician with a vision. your carnival sounds like this…
as the endless blue of summer sky stretches out ahead of us, the time has come for nado to perform ancient rituals and summon four tracks of tribal balearic. out of the fire emerge max essa and basso, here to soundtrack our dionysian excess with their other worldly sounds.
the 5th release from rothmans plays homage to legendry argentinean defender alberto tarrantini and to mark this 5th release rothmans have provided a team sheet to rival even that infamous 1982 world cup squad.
early support from coyote, idjut boys, pete herbert, leo mas. deeply rooted psychedelic disco. remix by tokyo-based englishman max essa. 180g vinyl deluxe packaging.support from coyote, idjut boys, pete herbert, leo mas, dj cosmo
the music of tokyo-based englishman max essa is like a fine wine, it can be only stored in the finest oak barrels, it can only be aged correctly and it can only be drunk when completely ready. maxs approach is far from conventional, emotional content plays a major part in his works and now we find him on his third bearfunk long player won ton sunrise.
max essa returns to is it balearic..? home to some of his more balearic moments most notably the epic panorama suite. the a side is dovodah! which begins with some nu-med atmospheres and acoustic guitar conjuring up 80s italian beach parties. the loose percussion and a heartfelt vocal (calling the unmistakable sound of dovodah!) carry you along before dropping into an early 90s italian progressive vibe. genuinely a real post sunset bomb.
new years deal - more berlin, less monacco. thats the ethos of the new max essa project, jan ken po: less sun, less sea, yachts and money, more twilight hour, basement clubs, up-tempo rhythms and dance floor politics.
max essa returns to feel music! its almost impossible to convey the scope of >iberia sequences< in a 45 second clip, so you gotta take our word for it, 10 minutes of pure bliss, the definition of a musical journey. on the flip side >islands< mixes 80s club sounds with a touch of classic house and of course that by now classic max essa feel, while mr. fabrizio mammarella on remix duties takes the a side up a notch with some acid disco dancefloor action. summer starts here!
max essa is a producer who has been shipping over his extremely coveted brand of disco and balearica from the land of the rising sun for some time now. having had a long running string of sought after releases on labels such as bear funk, nang, to is it balearic, max is now making his needwant debut with >how do you feel?< which includes an awesome remix from kim ann foxman
milan based heels of love is made up of luca saponaro (from krautrock-disco hybrids the love supreme) and michele tessadri (aka fratelli riviera). the pair of them create incredible 80s-tinged, earthy, synthesized music with healthy dose of real instruments. after some nifty releases on mad on the moon and under the shade labels we are pleased to welcome them to the nang family. with an lp poised to drop later in the year, the welcome first dose is the train >chain gang<.
the track features the dulcet (and ever growing in confidence) vocals of tokyo based max essa. the original is a pacey combination of maxs devoesque song, driving drums and the wide-as analog bass synth from the italian duo. are we men? we certainly are.
the much anticipated follow up to last years balearic opus >panorama suite< by max essa. >heartache (original 86 club mix)< - this funky early nineties inspired house groove seems to be channeling all the best bits of fpi project yet manages to still sound brand new and wholeheartedly relevant. this track is heading for the dancefloor - unashamedly uplifting and funky - a real breath of fresh air. sample free and featuring max on vocals. i challenge you to not move to this. >feel it in your body< is a more chuggy, dubby affair featuring a vocal chant not dissimilar to e-man grooving. funky guitars groove the track along until the synths lift it up to the next level. trancey balearic synth slo-mo goodness.
japan based, multi-instrumentalist, max essa, has done it again for us here in the bearfunk forest. his splendid second album >white shoes, blue dreams< has pleased the public and reviewers alike. the >midnight and dub direction ep< takes some of the albums finer moments and gives them a more dance-floor friendly, dubby makeover.
is it balearic come back from their summer holidays with a release that is showing their intentions to set the standards in the world of balearic music. max essas latest 12inch for iib has the 20 (yes 20!) minute odyssey that is panorama suite. a sunset soundtrack of lush pads, guitars and synths that takes the listener on a super chilled balearic slo-mo disco magic carpet ride over the mediterranean. turn the page for something a little different. reminiscent of the talking heads/tom tom club 80s nyc funk boogie sound and with a killer sample - a little bit steinski ,uptown vibration is a slice of pure laidback dancefloor goodness. the man that is mark seven steps up to remix and mould the original into a (nu) dub disco classic. dancing to the vibrations through the floor indeed.
japanese based, dry-witted, multi-instrumentalist, max essa, docks his yacht to the good ship bearfunk once more. this time its the title track from his soon-come lp >white shoes blue dreams<. the original morphs things on from his pundit-pleasing beach and summer grooves onto an 80s tilt. the original mix is full of slick grooves and melodic musicality. maxs own >marbella< mix discos things up with a catchy keyboard riff that makes one think of a certain van mccoy, floor-filling stuff. fellow bearfunk sailor, roberto auser, is up for remix duties. his angular dutch grooves strip things back and make things refreshing and cool like he does with just about everything he touches. stay tuned for the second max essa album on bearfunk in the autumn.
ladies and gents, a round of applause for max essa >2 be the one u want<. max has been behind a slew of classic releases over the years, including his recent and amazing work with the bearfunk label in collaboration with owner and international disco svengali stevie kotey. max is a true soldier of the balearic cause, the isit boys are more than pleased to have him at the helm of their tenth outing.
stevie kotey & max essa first salon de l herbe ep was released via electric minds in may 2008 providing a twisted journey of dub, disco and electronica and given the thumbs up world-wide by todays elite producers & djs . the standard continues with the 2nd ep, which sticks to the same theme in providing three deep and underground cuts. the live drums, guitars and slick arrangement provide a musical journey that sounds immense when piped through any decent club system. >1986< will provide a great vibe for any club while >1978 it felt great< & >guitars< balearic feel will be perfect for this summer. all in all three amazing tracks
uk born, japanese based max essa delivers us a tasty morsel and appetizer for his upcoming album on bearfunk. drive time is a slice of trademark slick, slo mo disco. with live drums, rolling bass synths and sundrenched chord changes, the track conjures up visions of sunsets, surfboards, highway 101 and long lazy days. irish based john daly delivers his re rub on the flip, adding in chunky stabs and rolling synth lines... but still managing to retain the slo mo feel.
steve kotey needs little introduction, head honcho of bear entertainment, an accomplished producer and a member of chicken lips. kotey is joined on this record by max essa. having previously released on paper recordings back in 2001 max also played guitar with the infamous, long distance runners. steve & max have delivered 3 beautiful records in the shape of the salon de l herbe series. this ep offers up everything good that is disco from the up tempo 1974 a side to the spaced out vibes of 1988. if that wasnt enough this 12inch release is finished off with a 3 rd track 1981 on the cosmic/balearic tip. the years may become confusing but with live drums, guitars and slick arrangement words cant do these productions justice. more to come from these two with a follow up in the salon de l herbe series dueto be released in june/july 08, exciting stuff!
IS IT BALEARIC? RECORDINGS: 10 YEAR ANNIVERARY 2CD)
barnaby bruce, dj rocca (ajello, erodiscotique), coyote
2016 sees coyote arrive at a decade of posing the question is it balearic? replicating the compilation shaped celebrations surrounding their fifth anniversary, the landmark is noted with this fine 2cd collection. the compiling skills of balearic chieftain max essa are called on for the first disc selections, with coyote taking care of business on the second for a fine horizontally-minded celebration of all things balearic encompassing 22 tracks. tempos nudge back and forth, different vibes coming to the fore along the way as a dash of steel drum is replaced by forthright synth glistens and upright basslines. legends mingle alongside future heroes, foolish felix and baldelli impressing as much as last waltz and clandestino. as the end nears, up pops prins thomas s classic diskomiks of downtown party network. here s to another ten years is it balearic?
won ton sunset heißt das neue album des in tokyo beheimateten djs & produzenten max essa. das album besticht durch seine subtile kreative raffinesse und beinhaltet eine reihe von handverlesenen remixen und überarbeiteten tracks.
its been a while since the last release, but labelowner mike humphries received so many good material that he only had one option. this must be released! odessa soundfreaks bringing the funk back to the label with 3 tracks that can be best descriped as driving! a lot of energy is pumped into these tracks and the result is stunning. try to freeze on this one!
daze maxim returns with the next eruption on hello?repeat. with >organ message< daze send us two delicious tracks that bubble over like a vulcan. the title track attacks us with his typical crispy beats, an ultra funky bassline and a quirky synth line all over the track, which shows you once again the way to maxims cosmos. once you arrived there, >strange things< is waiting for you with a voluminous flow of lawa. a hard hitting, percussion driven track from outer space. so, ladys and gentlemen fasten your seat belts and get ready for another crazy ride to maxim land.
here we have volume 2 of the from chicago to detroit series. this 5 tracker contains unreleased 90s grooves by larry heard & gari romalis who opened for derrick may at the legendary music institute! the b side features chi-towns very own gene hunt & african with mainframes. limited copies!
niney the observer, one of jamaicas great producers, cultivated a distinctive sparse/heavy sound to his productions. add to this the poignant lyrics that many of these tunes carried, builds to a roots music catalogue that few could match.
clandestino head joe morris is next up on wonder stories, imparting the kind of sun-kissed discoid meditation the label and its listeners lap up. morris is sounding confident and cool on cloud nine, using vintage drum machine patterns and fuzzy synth lines to impart a sweet-natured groove that reaches skywards. contrasting the blissed out original, max essa brings a little more bite to the table with his shimmering electro-disco version, while coyote preaches his balearic vision on the b1 remix. label boss aimes keeps things smooth and steady with a deep house version of cloud nine for all dancefloor dreamers to get lost in.
after putting out kito jempere s well received sea monsters album last year, hell yeah now serve up another selection of remixes of it. accomplished musician jimi tenor, plus miskotom and max essa all contribute before a 7inch, also taken from the album, lands later in summer. first up is jimi tenor, the legndary finnish musician who has released on warp, collaborated with tony allen and has his own band as well as occasionally playing sax with kito jempere band at live gigs. he flips puzzled into five minutes of stripped back and moody electronics with plenty of his own flute playing in the track. busted drum sounds, spooky sci-fi synths and scattered hits make it woozy and late night and utterly absorbing. miskotom—a newly emerging pair made up of mik and his wife andra, both based in vilnius, lithuania with credits on pleasure unit and balearic —then reimagine ampa as a beatdown but of deep house with trudging drums staying low and shimmering synths drift out in all directions. crunchy hits bring a subtle sense of funk and reverb drenched vocals bring a heavenly feel to the soul drenched grooves and summery keys. then comes max essa, the japan based brit who is a regular on this label as well as the likes of is it balearic?. his first remix is a huge one that is sure to soundtrack many a boat party this summer. it s a gorgeous rework of ampa that puts achingly blissful vocals front and centre as low slung bass and slowly turning drums sink you into a pan-pipe laced reverie. secondly, essa offers a dub reprise that removes the vocals and places all the focus on his churning drums and new age grooves. this is another perfect package of masterfully electronic horizontal sounds.
sth. notional was a short-lived project that manifested in one album back in 1992, originally released on japanese label zero corporation. yawn yawn yawn focused primarily on various balearic-friendly mixes of the title track and some other scattered pieces, and now they ve received a much-needed spruce up from archeo recordings. the dream. another reality versions of yawn yawn yawn are laid back to the extreme, revolving around delicate instrumentation and occasional threads of speech and singing. there s a mellow beat behind the g-tar cannyon mix, and the thankful mix brings a weightier groove to the table. with the other tracks adding to this utterly smooth, early 90s shake, and spread across three discs, this is the holy grail reissue collectors have been waiting for.