Boomkat Product Review:
Jolly Discs boss Guy Gormley (Enchante, RAP) and David C. Gray aka Special Occasion pronounce Balearic their way with ‘Ibiza Redux’, a balmy suite of heat haze chords, jazzy boogie vamps and snagging dembow shuffles
Delivering the effect of afternoon drinking in summer sun, ‘Ibiza Redux’ is loaded with some of the most charming, low-key dance-pop in recent memory. However, where, say, the likes of Boothroyd’s ‘Pure Country’ found a certain romance in the white isle’s sticky underbelly (an Ibizan alcopop Reflux?), Special Occasion look to its classier side for a more modest yet loftier sound that conjures the feel of shuffling around terracotta tiles in thick, hot and heavy air.
It’s pretty much a flawless set, shimmying from the wind-catcher keys and slow, syrupy bass pulse of ‘Sandstone’ to the gorgeous trickle of steel drum melodies and swaying tresillo rhythm of ‘Rampling’ and a twinkle-toed dancer set between Coil and AFX in ‘Jet Ski’, with a twist of John T. Gast meets Dâm Funk found in ‘Let Me In’, along with the NoW does Japanese city-pop vibes of ‘Big Wheel’ and some real come-to-bed sauce in @ Rupies.’