CHRIS COCO & JIM BREESE Balearic 2 Balearic
The partnership of DJs Chris Coco and Jim Breese is indisputable as a coalition forged between two masters of ambient solace. Coco, famed for
his contribution to the critical Real Ibiza compilation series throughout the 90s, and Breese – an ex-Cafe Mambo resident DJ – carry such distinct reputation in their respective fields that any mix they release as a combined outfit maintains the obligation to soundtrack or encapsulate the Balearic spirit of Ibiza summertime. What’s more, even the concept of so-called ‘Balearic spirit’ is so difficult to define sonically that it could be regarded as more of a state of consciousness over a definitive sound.
For argument’s sake, Coco and Breese tread on a reasonably conservative path and adhere to the customary ease of a cosmic chill out session for the followup to last year’s debut compilation. Affable synth searing turns from Stratus and Manchester dream-pop band Horsebeach sidle with rather saccharine vocal inclusions from Young Gun Silver Fox with You Can Feel It and Bing Ji Ling’s remake of Loose End’s hit Hanging on a String. Excursions into dub and flamenco make for the more notable interuptions in a mix that’s inundated with electro-acoustic twiddling and subdued bass lines.
Fundamentally, Balearic 2 is a reliably relaxed sequel to a series which happily places itself between a more demure take on a Late Night Tales compilation and a humdrum beach bar megamix. It’s an effortlessly mild listen, and one that can feel more tepid than tranquil.