The first EP released on Croatia-based Love International Recordings is intended as an expression of the flavours of the Love International Festival, from which the label has been born. So across four five-minute-long mellow mostly-instrumental balearic house tracks, Begin offers up an advert for what feels like a very relaxed, sun-drenched environment, where the gentle slightly Spanish-sounding guitar on “Wood Trees” and the happy sampled melodic chanting of “Day Pulse” meander over gentle, super-soft rhythms and steady organic bass playing.
The beatless, house-piano laden “Garden Interlude” is an excellent DJ tool before the definite highlight “Into The Fun”, which is an absolutely infectious, slightly Quincy Jones-ish vibe with Rhodes keys and shades of reggae that can’t help but make you feel good.
James Holdroyd (Begin) has a very broad musical CV spanning techno and time as the Chemical Brothers’ tour DJ, but this is a very focussed and specific release that channels a specific type of Ibiza-esque mellowness with respect and precision.
The new label says it will be offering a diverse range of styles on future releases, but in the meantime, stocking up on Balearic? Check this out.