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THE BALEARIC BEAT GOES ON

Steve KIW rounds up his personal take on the development of the balearic sound.   Part four: New waves, new wavs, new ways, new raves.   Despite house and hip-hop being relatively new at the beginning of the decade the mainstream in the 90s was a musically and culturally sterile … read more

MURMURATION – ERLAND COOPER QUIZZED

“The essence of Orkney’s magic are the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light” George Mackay Brown, 1921-1996   Over the last few years Erland Cooper has released three beautiful and beguiling albums, full of the moods and mystery of his native Orkney. The last of this … read more

BUNKER BUZZ CHART AUGUST

These are the 1BTN DJ recommendations for August 2020. Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.   Roisin Murphy Something More (Skint Records) The Queen of the sultry groove joins forces with the queen of disco Amy Douglas for an emotive wonder that had us hooked from the first … read more

5 On It – Women Claiming Their Space In The Music World

1BTN’S Jo Dressler tells the story of women making their mark in contemporary music, from Muslim metal to Filipino dancehall.   INDONESIA All female, Muslim metal band (now there’s a few demographics you don’t see melded together very often) Voice of Baceprot are an Indonesian teenage metal band, smashing through stereotypes … read more

Glyn Biggabush Interview

As one half of Brum based duo Original Rockers (later Rockers Hi-Fi) Glyn ‘Bigga’ Bush created the 90s progressive-house-dub classic Push Push, put out four great albums, contributed a cut to Kruder & Dorfmeister’s era defining K&D Sessions, then he carved out an existence as a prolific maverick creator, mashing … read more

Still Searching for the Balearic Beat

In this instalment of Steve KIW’s story of the Balearic Beat the establishment takes fright, a lot of blissed out ravers jump in coaches and record collections begin to look a lot more cosmopolitan…   Part Three: Vibes and feelings   1988 was dubbed the Second Summer Of Love. Politically … read more

Inkswel & Colonel Red – Benjimans Ghost Vol. 1

Never leaning on the notion of a mould or convention, Colonel Red Is a phenomenon in the underground soul circuit, blending the segways between Rnb, Broken Beat, Hip Hop and House music- a vocal that is strident in all things forward thinking. Previously as a vibration labelled Milez Benjamin, these … read more

BUNKER BUZZ CHART JULY

1BTN DJ selections for the month of July; all new releases or re-issues. Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.   Sault Untitled (Black Is) (Forever Living Originals) The third release from UK based Sault is a timely and poignant soundtrack to a turbulent summer. Powerful vocals, incredible drums … read more

THE SEARCH FOR THE BALEARIC BEAT

Our DJs use the word Balearic with abandon. So often in fact that it came as no surprise when a listener asked: Hola 1BTN, What, exactly, is ‘Balearic’?    Among our regular line up we have the Balearic Assassins Of Love collective and the Balearic Ultras; none are actually from … read more

LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE – SET FOR LOVE!

Last Night A DJ Saved My Life is a charitable foundation creating fundraising initiatives for the electronic music industry & beyond in support of children in crisis. Founded in January 2010, LNADJ strives to change the way people view charitable work through innovative campaigns, which connect the global dance music … read more