Artist: Greeen Linez Title: Hibiscus Pacific
Label: Alliance Upholstery
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Genre: Disco/Balearic AU-001
The first Balearic jam of 2014 has arrived! “Hibiscus Pacific” is a vision of island paradise, yacht party cocktails under the stars, and a tropical dream cruise into eternity. Swanky daytime disco dripping with layers of DX7. A slice of City Pop not heard since the Japanese economic bubble burst.
Greeen Linez is a collaboration between Chris Greenberg (from UK electronic pop band Hong Kong In The 60s) and UK-born/Tokyo-based DJ/producer A Taut Line (aka Matt Lyne, co-founder of the Diskotopia label). The result is yacht funk meets Balearica, that draws equally from boogie, jazz-funk, house, and Japanese supermarket muzak.
“Hibiscus Pacific” originally appeared on their debut album “Things That Fade” (2012, Diskotopia) and received positive reviews in The Wire, DJ Mag, and FACT. Support came from DJs and producers such as Julio Bashmore (BBC Radio 1), the Beat Broker (Bear Funk) and Magic Touch (100% Silk)- the latter collaborating with the duo on his “Nothing More” EP, on Tensnake’s True Romance label. Besides their own music, Greeen Linez have produced well-received remixes for Seahawks, Maylee Todd, and the Japanese Idol group Especia (reaching #19 on Japanese charts), among others. 2014 saw the release of their “The Landscape” EP on Japanese label Catune, run by 9dw’s Kensuke Saito.
Sorcerer (Tirk/Nang) throws the track in the passenger seat of his open-top Cadillac and cruises down a breezy, palm tree laden, boulevard into the blue horizon. A Balearic burner that’s just as comfortable lounging on the beach as it is dancing in the club.
The Jacques Renault (DFA/Let’s Play House) mix finds itself head down, eyes closed, gasping for air in the Liquidroom at 4AM. Unrelenting and minimal with a haunting synth line.
Moon B (Peoples Potential Unlimited) keeps the track out past last train and lures it up to his Roppongi Hills apartment overlooking the Tokyo skyline. Icy synths and fat percussion make this one to come back to.
The Hibiscus Pacific EP is a cinematic journey through a fantasy world of music, both familiar and unreal, and as perfectly suited to bedroom dreamers as it is to nightclub dancers.
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