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Now onto its fourth volume, NuNorthern Soul’s annual Summer Selections EP is fast becoming a must-check for fans of slow-motion sunshine sounds, contemporary Balearic beats and sumptuous downtempo grooves.
Like its predecessors, Summer Selections Four showcases six hand-picked tracks from EPs and albums to be released by NuNorthern Soul in 2022. These EPs, which will be released at different points throughout the year, will all feature themed cover imagery from artist Emily McGuinness, who has created a series of illustrations inspired by ‘myths of Ibiza’.
Summer Selections Four genuinely has a “cream of the crop” or “best in class” feel, with NNS label boss and curator Phil Cooper putting together a varied EP piled high with evocative melodies, atmospheric chords, tactile grooves and ear-catching instrumentation.
First to step up to the plate is experienced producer James Bright, whose cut ‘Amber’ offers a bubbly, colourful and analogue-rich stroll through mid-tempo Balearic house territory. The track is one of the highlights of Bright’s forthcoming Totem EP. It’s quickly followed by ‘Nana a Leon’ from Be.Ianuit’s Entre Dos Islas EP, a gorgeous mixture of deep bass, twinkling pianos, sultry synth-strings, sparkling synthesiser arpeggios, echoing machine drums and spoken word vocals from guest performer Marcos de la Fuente.
San Francisco’s Cole Odin offers a snapshot of his forthcoming Songs For Suns EP via ‘Growing’, a slow-motion sunset soundscape built around ethereal chords, chiming melodies and head-nodding drums, while Gold Suite’s ‘The Cowboy’ – taken from the On My Horizon EP – brilliantly joins the dots between jangling Americana, mid-‘80s Balearic reggae and sun-soaked instrumental synth-pop. While brand-new, it could easily be mistaken for the kind of obscure, hard-to-find gem that gets Balearic record collectors so hot under the collar.
Next up is another new signing to NuNorthern Soul, North of the Island, whose debut EP Feeling Free is undoubtedly a highlight of the label’s 2022 release schedule. ‘I Feel’, the track showcased here, adds attractive, sunset-ready musical flourishes to a chugging, delay-laden rhythm track and the kind if squelchy bassline most often found in proto-house and early ‘80s electrofunk cuts. It’s a spaced-out, mind-altering delight.
Rounding off another sizzling Summer Selections excursion is ‘Smoke & Fly’ from fast-rising twosome Residentes Balearicos, an Ibiza-based Italian duo who impressed many with their 2021 EPs on Balearic Ensemble. Dusty, bass-heavy, drowsy and picturesque, the track is a simply gorgeous chunk of Balearic dub piled high with organic percussion, undulating acid lines and mazy solos. It provides a fittingly triumphant conclusion to another essential sampler EP from NuNorthern Soul.
1 James Bright - Amber 4m 43
Taken from the Totem EP NUNS046D
2 Be.lanuit feat. Marcos De La Fuente - Nana A Leon 6m 09s
Taken from the Entre Dos Islas EP NUNS047D
3 Cole Odin - Growing 5m 23s
Taken from the Songs For Suns EP NUNS049D
4 Gold Suite - The Cowboy 6m 22s
Taken from the On My Horizon EP NUNS050D
5 North Of The Island - I Feel 5m 38s
Taken from the Feeling Free EP NUNS051D
6 Residentes Balearicos - Smoke & Fly 8m 33s
Taken from the Bonitos Mareos EP NUNS052D