Mark Barrott's 'Sketches From An Island' compresses a Balearic heartbeat into nine warm gems which paint a picture of Ibiza, the people and the magnetic beauty that pulses through it. Recorded in the island'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.
"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 year-round, 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 original Caf' Del Mar's Jos' Padilla, has it: "This is what I call Balearic."
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 two years ago, 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. The music is cult and desirable: Young Gentlemen's. only track, 'Adventure Party' now goes on Discogs for o200.
He pressed 500 copies of the 'Sketches 1' EP on vinyl and it sold out in two hours. A special edition 12" in collaboration with innovative retailer LN-CC, featuring the beautiful birds of paradise artwork, sold out in two minutes.
Mark Barrott Sketches From An Island tracklisting
1. Baby Come Home
2. Dr Nimm's Garden of Intrigue & Delight
3. Go Berri be Happy
5. Formentera Headspace Blues (Pts. 1 & 2)
6. Deep Water
7. Island Life
8. Back to the Sea
9. Sacred Islands
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