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José Padilla -‘So Many Colors’


José Padilla, a legend in the Ibiza scene, has just made the most forward thinking Balearic album of the year in So Many Colours’.


BBC6 Music called it ‘The Godfather of Chill-Out’ while Resident Advisor said that it is ‘One of the building blocks of Ibiza’s ambient scene.’sXQTyMWe3e392AFBTP2DZP96SykXFzvf0IdkqRpSlnA

It would have been easy for José to have made a chill-out album, but instead he has worked together with four forward-thinking producers to create a modern album, moving across the genres held together by the umbrella we call “balearic”.

José Padilla is loved by many for his work soundtracking sunsets at the Café Del Mar and compiling the seminal Café Del Mar compilations which sold over six million copies. His fans are wide and varied, on one end of the spectrum you have Madonna or Karl Lagerfeld, and on the other DJ legends such as Harvey and Andrew Weatherall.

The four aforementioned producers Padilla worked with are; Mark Barrott of Sketches From An Island and founder of International Feel; Telephones, a man making serious waves right now with his deep house sound; Dusseldorf based and natural beat maker Wolf Müller a.k.a Jan Schulte; and Australian Tornado Wallace of Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space label.7NOoeuiBxRUfG2pALCHuINxyRTMSMVqH9fD-5aF_00k

All four are known for differing styles and sounds, though their work together with Padilla runs naturally as a cohesive whole. Barrott brings a deep oceanic mellowness, Tornado the electronic synthesized melodic beats and grooves, Wolf Müller welcomes the afro end of town and Telephones has produced three tracks of beautiful dream-like house music.

Each producer was flown to Ibiza to work at José’s home in Santa Agnes, set up their studios in the house overlooking the one of the islands most beautiful valley’s and spent a week collaborating with José immersed within the feeling of the island. Each found their own sound within the walls of José’s villa, but ultimately it is all extremely Balearic.

‘Day One’, ‘Lollipop’ and Blitz Magic produced by Telephones pay heed to the newly revived dream house sound – expect an underground sleeper hit from one of these this summer. Mark Barrott produces ‘Solito’, as well as the beautiful album closer, ‘Remember Me’, and the acoustic guitar vibes of ‘Mojame’. Muller brings Brazilian afro beats to ‘Whistle Dance’ and Afrikosa’, and the album wouldn’t be complete without Tornado’s Maybe The Sunset  – a ride on Ibiza sunshine – and the widescreen On the Road.

José Padilla has created an album for dancing wildly, relaxing wholly in nature, and losing yourself in. It is a true musical journey covering all angles of the balearic scene and reminiscent of one of the classic Cafe Del Mar compilations but in one artist album, and that artist is José Padilla.-mESPFRYI4maxZTHtHa5K2kNjfhsgfNomMej9Utt00Q

José moved to Ibiza in 1976 and started DJing in San Antonio, making tapes of his sets and selling them at Es Cana market. On the first day he sold out in an hour. On the second day, he sold sixty tapes. By the late 1980s, he was living in a house next door to the Café Del Mar, DJing at clubs like Es Paradis at night and selling 500 tapes a day. In 1991, Café Del Mar asked him to step out of his house and into their DJ booth, where he played until 1999 in front of a hand-made sign saying ‘TAPES’.

International Feel was founded by Mark Barrott, who produced most of the label’s output from his home in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The imprint now provides deluxe electronica sounds and exquisite balearic vibes from its base in Ibiza, where Mark relocated to in 2012. Barrott’s A&R skills are much lauded after signing DJ Harvey’s Locussolus, which relaunched the legendary artist’s career, amongst others, while his own production skills are highly revered and have resulted in International Feel becoming one of the biggest selling vinyl labels of the moment.150330131001IFEEL042_artwork-600x_

If Balearic is a feeling then Jose Padilla embodies it perfectly.

Last summer José Padilla marked his 40th anniversary as a DJ by returning to the scene of his legendary 1990s sunset sets at the Café Del Mar after a 15 year gap.

Last summer Jose Padilla talking to Tilllate Magazine about Cafe Del Mar reflected: “It was the only place, the beginning of something new, a great crowd, a magical time of unique circumstances.”




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