Leonidas & Hobbes – Heavy Weather (Balearic Acid Mix)

As a nod to the UK weather over the past week or so, here’s Leonidas & Hobbes with Heavy Weather (Balearic Acid Mix). This is taken from The Rags of Time EP, out on 7 July.

The track is a lovely seven minute sprawl of cowbell, dub, jah, bongos and acid squelches. A psychedelic stroganoff of a tune. This wibbles and wobbles its way across the beach disco floor before falling asleep on the sand.

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Blurb: Working together on-and-off at their respective bases in London and Edinburgh over the last eight yearsLeonidas & Hobbes have honed a mutual love of soundtracks, disco, jazzhouse, techno, acid, psychedelic, African and dub sounds for The Rags Of Time.  

A side Web Of Intrigue is one part tribute to lost 70s soundtracks, when music was created on the finest analogue hardware, featuring full bands, session players and lush orchestrations, one part tribute to 70s disco gods Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic) and one part mid-tempo but nonetheless cosmic house. The three parts fuse to form an instrumental track sounding as fresh as a whole meadow of daisies in 2017 and one that’s been going down extremely well with international DJs who have road-tested the material (as above/below).

AA side Heavy Weather flips the script for a deeper workout in a 3/4 time signature – more of a cosmic waltz. Taking its main cue from 70s jazz fusion heroes Weather Report and The Doors‘ Ray Manzarek, it incorporates rich African percussion, spaced-out flourishes exhibiting the duo’s love for the dubs of Lee Perry, King Tubby et al, and a good old fashioned arpeggio of an acid line – definitely a more esoteric number, all told. The bonus ‘Dawn‘ and ‘Acid Rain‘ mixes push different buttons for the heads, as suits the mood.

And it it all adds up to a very Balearic confection, fitting snugly in with the burgeoning revival for this somewhat ineffable sound – a trend that seems to be getting stronger/bigger every year, popping up every time the sun gets his hat on and we all remember how to party like the lucky residents of that infamous White Isle.

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~ by acidted on June 26, 2017.

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