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DJ Pippi / Bocadillos Variados / Music For Dreams

Dr Rob, Test Pressing, Review, DJ Pippi, Bocadillos Variados, Music For Dreams, Kenneth Bager, Denmark, Ibiza

Pippi (1) was born in Italy, but he first visited Ibiza in 1978 – to check Bob Marley play The Plaza De Toros (2) – and has been living on the island since 1984. He`s held residencies at Amnesia, Ku and Pacha, and continues to DJ, now on a more “freelance” basis. So if you`d like an insight into this Balearic Beat thing, then Pippi is more qualified than most. His new LP on Music For Dreams is a largely down-tempo set, reflecting his love of Black music and an early `90s of Movement 98 (3) and Acid Jazz. Masterplans (4), Groundbeat, Tammy Payne (5), Rose Windross (6) – the wine bar Soul revival that coincided with that Flying trip and the English invasion of 1990 (7)(resulting in the reissue of Terry Callier`s dug-out and dusted-down “Don`t Want To See Myself”). Barbara Tucker sings a love song. Maze`s “Joy & Pain” gets (loosely) covered. On “Make U Smile” co-producer Tuccinelli pairs Omar`s “There`s Nothing Like This” (8) with Señor M & Grayze Ones` “Time”. Loon birds, acoustic guitars, accordions, harps and strings mix with growling bass-lines and conga rattle, sometimes Cantoma-esque (9) – “Eivissa Saxomatica”`s heavy, horny heartbeat could have come straight out of Phil Mison`s “Recession Session” playlists (10) – but more frequently – as if in tribute to that inspirational Marley gig – as a Pop Reggae. “Mr. P” borrows that “Searching For The Truth” sample (previously half-inched by Joey Jay (11) and The Sabres Of Paradise (12)). “Cristal Palpita” is Soul II Soul`s smiling face (13) meets Shaka`s “Dub Symphony” (14).

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