The Antiguan restaurant's first branded compilation features tracks from Afterlife, Jose Padilla, No Logo and Bent's Simon Mills
Sheer Rocks is an open-air restaurant on the island of Antigua in the Caribbean that, over the past five years, has gained an international reputation for both its Mediterranean cuisine and its laidback musical menu. Cafe Mambo resident Pete Gooding is a regular guest, as are the likes of Danny Rampling, Darren Emerson and Black Vinyl boss (and sometime iDJ writer) Alan Russell.
Now, Gooding and his Secret Life Music partner Phil Dockerty have curated Sheer Rocks' first branded compilation. The album opens with a sweet n' gentle cover of Chris Rea's 1986 Balearic classic On The Beach courtesy of Nick & Samantha, then moves on through the spectrum of chilled-out sounds, from the lover's rock vibes of Afterlife's Orion's Place to the spangled nu-boogie of Luminodisco's La Mission, No Logo's Latin-tinged Forever (reminiscent, to these ears at least, of Everything But The Girl's late 80s/early 90s lounge period) and the slo-mo funk of Rune Lindbaek's North. Bent's Simon Mills crops up in his Napoleon guise with the fairly self-explanatory Moogie Wonderland, while also making an appearance are recent iDJ interviewees Balearic Gabba Sound System, with their remix of The Ball & The Wall ft Clara Sofie's So Good.
Let's be honest: it's only the lucky few among us that will ever get to visit the island paradise of Antigua for themselves. But for the rest of us, this compilation provides a taste of just what we're missing.