Joe has been releasing music on some of the best UK labels of the moment including EDSC and Is It Balearic? and now the man from Clandestino is back with the follow up to his last EP just in time for summer. Tropical Highway follows the same format with one deep house houser and two gorgeous balearic nodders.
“Always” leads the pack and is aimed at that 3am moment when you’re parked in front of the speaker and living for the moment. Crisp reverbed percussion and a shuffling sub lay the foundations for keys that look towards Detroit. An old school sample helps build the track with strings and pads until the drop is reached and not a moment too soon, that kind of intensity can only be kept up for so long! Then it’s back down to the business of getting stuck in.
“Elysium” has a side chained chorused pad, gentle percussive keys, strings, a trippy vocal sample and the only thing missing is the sound of the lapping sea. It weaves it’s hypnotic magic as the synths and pads play counter melodies off each other sounding like a lost 90s Cafe Del Mar classic which is no bad thing in our book!
“Fireflies” carries on the same tip with filtered pads that are heavy on atmosphere as the bass moves around them. A stabby synth pushes the track along as the drums build and drop with the keys giving it that balearic hook.
So when you’re watching the sun go down and enjoying the perfect Ibiza / Croatia / Thailand / Yorkshire (delete where appropriate) moment , the Tropical Highway EP will be the soundtrack!
DJ Rocca – Nice bass driven deep house.
Rocky (X-Press 2) – Elysium and Fireflies are the ones.
Murray Richardson – Love this, love Paper!
Will Tramp – Great EP. Loving the package! Well done Joe
80s Child – Always is the track that will be getting the most plays from me great stuff :)
Russell Deeks – Always for me here but liking the other two as well
Nuno Cacho – I love the balearic ones… This is so good and fresh for my summer!
Que Sakamoto – Thank u!!I will play a lots Always.luvly!!
Dan J – Really into ‘always’. lovely track!
Ulysses – Nice stuff. Reminds me a little of mellower Pagan releases.
Ed Bigland – Elysium our favourite, balance is just right on this one.
Marius Vareid (Full Pupp) – Elysium is perfect summer business!
Pathaan – Love it!
DJ Tomas – Real strong sense of chords and synths on these tracks in the fine tradition of Guidance or Prescription Records, good company to be in!
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Lovely sun-drenched beats all over the EP. Elysium will be soundtracking my sunsets all Summer, the best Balearic track I’ve heard this year so far!
2 Billion Beats – Really liking the vibes on this- good beach or late night lose yourself in your own head vibes. The feeling reminds me a bit of AFX -selected ambient werks…
Feodor AllRight – Fireflies is lovely
Billy Scurry – Excellent! really digging Always, hit me like Don Carlos..Alone did many years ago…Awesome!! top class EP!! now wheres that beach?!?
Somerville & Wilson – Nice deep house vibes.Always is our favourite.
Aldrin Zouk – Elysium is a nice summertime tune.
Neil Diablo – Elysium is the one for me. lush summery Adriatic vibes…
Groovement Soul – WOW I just love Elysium and Fireflies. This EP is a slice of blissed out heaven. Will be playing Elysium all summer.
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica) – Nice vibes for daytime ibiza on Elysium and Fireflies , will play on the radio and the beach
Mutant Disco Radio Show – Lovely release. All 3 tracks are magic.