Mark Barrott - Sketches From An Island [2LP] (180 Gram, gatefold)

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Double LP version in gatefold sleeve; 180 gram heavy weight vinyl. Mark
Barrott's Sketches from an Island compresses this Balearic heartbeat into nine
warm gems which paint a picture of the island, the people, and the magnetic
beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in Ibiza's northern hills using ''weird
percussion, some slide guitars and a few borrowed synths,'' it's a melodic and
mysterious representation of a place seeped in a rich and rebellious history.
Opening track ''Baby Come Home'' radiates with carefree tropical sounds and
upbeat harmonies. The blues-soaked melodies of ''Essene'' perfectly navigates the
tension between heart-bursting happiness and melancholy and ''Go Berri Be
Happy'' is like Prefab Sprout gone to Ghana. Its color-smudged, hazy emotions
swirl between Brian Eno, Penguin Caf? Orchestra and Compass Point
vibes into a free-flowing cascade of live playing and synthesized sound, perfectly
epitomized on the future classic ''Formentera Headspace Blues.'' Barrott himself is
a man of serious musical pedigree. He founded the highly-respected International
Feel label back in 2008, after moving to Uruguay, where his A&Ring tempted the
elusive DJ Harvey out of studio retirement for his genre-defying Locussolus
project and he followed it with new work from artists like Quiet Village, Gatto
Fritto and the Italian cosmic disco-don Daniele Baldelli. Since moving to Ibiza,
he's continued producing and releasing music anonymously on his label as
Rocha, Bepu N'Gali, Flights Of Fancy, Boys From Patagonia and The
Young Gentlemen's Adventure Society. The releases covered house,
Afrobeat and proper downtempo Balearic and quickly sold out. ''Sketches is
inspired by those weird, unique little oddities that would turn up on early Jos?
Padilla mix tapes that he'd sell in the Las Dalias hippy market, before he even
went to the Caf? Del Mar,'' says Barrott. ''It's influenced by living in Ibiza yearround,
and by the feeling of what I think Balearic sounds like.'' It's warm and
widescreen music for the days when you need musical sunshine. Or as Caf? Del
Mar's Jos? Padilla, says: ''This is what I call Balearic.''
TRACKLISTING
A1. Baby Come Home
A2. Dr. Nimm's Garden of Intrigue & Delight
A3. Go Berri Be Happy
B1. Essen
B2. Formentera Headspace Blues (Pts. 1 & 2)
C1. Deep Water
C2. Island Life
C3. Back to the Sea
D1. Sacred Islands