For Marco Gallerani, the Danish label Music For Dreams has always been an inspiration. Over the years the imprint has proved itself to be a sonic kaleidoscope of musical tones and colours, and for that reason there is much kinship between it and Hell Yeah, the label Marco is running and A&Red since the middle of the last decade. So there are similarities between the genreless approach of Music For Dreams and that of Marco’s production collective, The Balearic Gabba Sound System, which means that this compilation seems to be like a natural coming together for all concerned.
The Balearic Gabba Sound System is a non-sense dream team founded by Marco Gallerani and made up of Enzo Elia, Everest Parisi, E-the-Hot, Bjorn Torske, Gallo, Jumbo and some other geezers with a shared love of sonically weird, bona fide feel-good recordings and a very surreal twist.
The best way to explain this collective’s approach is to cite their daytime hero, Jon Sa Trinxa. "My DJ style is Balearic, which is like trying to defne the indefnable…“ he once said. Confused? Well, thankfully, the iconic selector continued. “Many DJs are defned by playing a particular genre, but Balearic music is a kaleidoscope of genres. Balearic DJs play all styles."
As such The Balearic Gabba Sound System represents the second generation of these so-called Balearic DJs; people who grew up on 90's raves and survived the digital revolution. Enzo Elia (Hell Yeah house specialist and key member of “El Freakadell”) is one of those enthusiast DJs. His famed and much loved Balearic Gabba Edits dig deeply into the crackling, early 90's Italian house scene and re-edits them for modern purposes, always with a sympathetic touch.
There are not too many "spaghetti" episodes along the way, but obscure hands-in-the-air- Riviera moments, tribal retro-winners, wannabe Idjut Boys b-sides and party-sampling mania a go-go do often feature: It’s clear that the collective is about introducing you to a fresh musical sound you’ve been looking hard for, but weren’t even sure existed. Until now.
As such, a glance down the tracklist will reveal many treats, from Andrew Weatherall’s remix of legends Daniele Baldelli & DJ Rocca to Prins Thomas’ Disko Mix of Rusty’s classic ‘Everything’s Gonna Change’ via originals from Templehof and Peter Katafalk. This is music for music lovers, for sonic freaks and Balearic bad boys. It is music not confined by time, space or genre, but music that makes you feel something you really didn’t know you could feel.
The iconic line drawing artwork comes from a close friend of Hell Yeah, namely Italian artist Federico Lanaro, a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy in Bologna. His work has been exhibited all across Europe at places like Fabbrica del Vapore (Milano), Mutuo Centro de Arte (Barcelona), Galerija BlackBox (Sarajevo) amongst others. As you can see on the cover of this compilation, his work is characterized by a pictorial turn, distinguished by flat surfaces that are imbued with chromatic and formal clarity and beft the fact he works for the gallery Studio Rafaelli in Trento, Italy.
Pulling this compilation together has been as fun as we hope it is to listen to, so without delay we invite you to tune in, kick back and cop out; to dream your wildest dreams and let the sounds consume your being, because this is the indefinable sound of The Balearic Gabba Soundsystem…
"If you didn't know, Hell Yeah is the Italian label hell-bent on releasing the best modern disco(ish) you can find.
Sometimes it's blissed out and Balearic, sometimes it's squelchy and down-right weird and sometimes it's the sort of enlogated, tribal stuff that works dancefloors into a salacious frenzy" (Kristan J Caryl - DJ MAG January 2014)...more