The New Balearic 37
// Bruce Mans / Aug 25, 2009

Summers are typically slow at The New Balearic. I am always moving between two places. The last two summers I was moving between Seoul and Vancouver, while this summer most of my time has been spent moving across Canada to Halifax. Now that I have arrived, and am (somewhat) settled, I have some music to share. A soundtrack to Summer 09.

Yep, this episode is an ode to the summer past. It’s upbeat, light, and psychedelic… the would be perfect soundtrack for coastal camping trips, et cetera. We’ll kick things off with the result of an epic partnership between Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox and Animal Collective’s Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear). California’s Dodos have also finished up their follow up to 2008’s stellar Visitor with a new album called Time to Die, and before we leave their country we’ll also check out Chicago’s Netherfriends and revisit Florida’s Blind Man’s Colour. Appropriately, this episode also set a record for most songs from Africa with a pair of tracks from Malawi’s The Very Best, and a fantastic song from the Ivory Coast’s Highlife. Sticking with the same vibe is a great great great balearic song from Sweden’s jj, and New Zealand’s Sola Rosa, and before we leave we make a mandatory stop in France to hear some new stuff from Dan Black, CocoRosie, and Phoenix.

Stay cool, my friends.

// tracklisting

  • Atlas Sound - ‘Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)’ ()
  • Blind Man’s Colour - ‘Heavy Cloud Hustle’ (Kanine Records)
  • Highlife - ‘F. Kenya RIP’ (Warp Records)
  • The Very Best - ‘Warm Heart of Africa (ft. Ezra Koenig)’ (Green Owl)
  • Netherfriends - ‘Friends with Lofts’ (Emergency Umbrella)
  • The Dodos - ‘Two Medicines’ (Frenchkiss)
  • Bibio - ‘Fire Ant’ (Warp)
  • Pogo - ‘SplurgenShitter’ (Self Released)
  • jj - ‘Things Will Never Be The Same Again’ (Sincerely Yours)
  • Kyte - ‘Boundaries’ (Rallye)
  • Our Book and The Authors - ‘Killing Flies (Unsigned)
  • CocoRosie - ‘Happy Eyez’ (Not On Label)
  • The Most Serene Republic - ‘Heavens To Purgatory’ (Arts & Crafts)
  • Phoenix - ‘Rome’ (V2)
  • Röyksopp - ‘The Girl And The Robot’ (EMI)
  • Dan Black - ‘Symphonies’ (Polydor)
  • Passion Pit - ‘Sleepyhead’ (Frenchkiss)
  • Discovery - ‘Osaka Loop Line’ (XL)
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage - ‘Don’t Haunt This Place’ (Saddle Creek)
  • Bowerbirds - ‘Northern Lights’ (Dead Oceans)
  • Said The Whale - ‘This Winter I Retire’ (Pop Machine)
  • The Very Best - ‘Julia’ (Green Owl)
  • Sola Rosa - ‘Humanised (ft. Bajka)’ (Way Up)


Bruce Mans is the curator of the blog/podcast The New Balearic. Inspired by the late John Peel and his renowned eclectic taste, Bruce set out with the primary goal of creating a quality online space with which to expose an equally eclectic range of bands on a global level. Having accomplished that, Bruce says he's happy simply knowing bands are benefiting from his work, and that people enjoy his mixes. |

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