The Balearic legend teams up with Bali-based Denev for a four-track EP
There's an album coming from Balearic hero Pete Herbert this summer, we're promised... in the meantime, fans will have to make do with this collaborative EP with Martin Denev, a Bulgarian jazz musician who's now resident in Bali, Indonesia. They probably won't mind too much.
Two originals and two remixes make up the EP. First up is Night Boat, which in its original form is an instrumental cut - essentially house in nature but with strong Balearic/nu-disco elements - which puts an insistent, floaty synth groove front and centre, and underpins it with a nice chunky, throbbing bassline, rock-solid kicks and handclaps a-gogo. The remix for this one comes from Leo Mas, a stalwart of the Ibiza scene since the mid-80s, and Fabrice; their rub tones down the kickdrum somewhat for a more chilled-out listen.
The other original is Batu Kurang, a midtempo-bordering-on-slo-mo affair with a lazy, druggy b-line, 80s-sounding synth trills and understated but yet somehow still quite euphoric stabs. Remix duties here are taken care of by Leeds-based DJ/producer Joe Morris, known for his work on such esteemed labels as 3am Recordings, Paper and Baker Street. His Balearic Shades Remix ups the tempo a barely discernible notch and has a slightly more energetic, clubby feel overall.
Both the remixes here are very faithful to the originals, which is perhaps something of a missed opportunity. All the same, Mr Herbert is a past master of this kind of tackle, and fans of both producer and label will dig this for sure.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 January
Review Score: 8