A new compilation by Kelvin Andrews and Balearic Mike collects sun-kissed sounds of the Spanish isles.
Comprising 12 breezy pop and disco tunes by artists like Fern Kinney, Al Usher and The San Sebastian Strings, Down to the Sea and Back is not a history lesson in Balearic so much as an open-ended interpretation of the genre. It's compiled by Balearic Mike and Kelvin Andrews, two producers with interesting credentials: the former is a member of house remix crew LuvDup and works at Manchester's Vinyl Exchange, while the latter is a former member of Candy Flip, the group responsible for a 1989 blissed-out cover of "Strawberry Fields Forever", which hit #3 on the UK charts (he's also done studio work for Robbie Williams, "in his spare time"). On Down to the Sea and Back, the duo select 12 tracks that, to them, embody the laid back vibes of Ibiza, Majorca, Minorca and the like. The collection will be the first release on Wonk, an independent label based in the UK.
01. The San Sebastian Strings - The Gypsy Camp
02. Fern Kinney - Baby, Let Me Kiss You
03. Bilgeri - Video Life
04. Nacht Und Nabel - Beats Of Love
05. The Phill & Friends Band - This Man
06. Sweet - Funk It Up
07. Bell X1 - Flame (Chicken Lips)
08. The Osmonds - I,I,I
09. Al Usher - Lullaby For Robert
10. The Hollies - Draggin' My Heels
11. The Willow Band - Willow Man
12. Tritons - Satisfaction
Wonk will release Down to the Sea and Back on June 7th, 2010.