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Balearic trance

Ibiza played a central role in spreading a new take on trance around the turn of the millennium — a more soothing vein of the sound that captures the mood of a Mediterranean sunset. As clubs in Ibiza are opening again for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, DJ Mag dives into the roots of a genre that was inspired and shaped by the island’s unique appeal: Balearic trance

Long before turning into a global clubbing destination, Ibiza appealed to crowds looking for spiritual growth — with those from the hippie movement settling in...

Compilation of the Month: Various Artists ‘Ritmo Fantasía: Balearic Spanish Synth- Pop, Boogie And House (1982-1992)’

DJ Trujillo curates a superb time capsule of early Balearic dance music for Soundway Records, from languid pop and sensual wave music, to velvety house anthems

Throughout the ’80s, the iconic Ibiza nightclub Ku (now Privilege) held a regular party known as Noche Española, in which trendy party goers would dance...

The “godfather of chillout” died after a short battle with colon cancer 

José Padilla, a legendary Ibiza DJ known as the “godfather of chillout”, has died following a short battle with colon cancer. He was 64.

The...

Emerging label Citizens of Vice readies its debut compilation EP, ‘Vice Vice Baby’. In Flagranti’s ‘Regatta’ is a heady, balearic cut to help you forget...

Emerging label Citizens of Vice will release its debut compilation EP on 16th November.

Featuring tracks from In Flagranti, Citizens Of Vice, Somethin’ Sanctified and...

Leeds-based balearic vibe merchant Joe Morris steps up on Wonder Stories Records with ‘Cloud Nine’. The original mix is a dreamy, downbeat groover for the...

Leeds is hardly the first place you think of balearic house but it seems Joe Morris is determined to change that. A stalwart of the...

One of the biggest in the world is back...

BCM Planet Dance has reopened in Mallorca, with punters walking through the doors daily since 9th June, marking the return of a true legend to...

Steve Mac’s new project, These Machines, emerges with a gorgeous, soulful house number with lush pianos, sunshine acid and a sweet vocal from Rafael Berrio...

Steve Mac has been quietly prolific in the past two decades or so. From his days as one half of mighty house duo Rhythm Masters...

House and disco infiltrator and Love on the Rocks label innovator Paramida steps up with a deliriously fun mix for her DJ Mag Podcast –...

For a person who once referred to herself as “Berlin’s most hated”, Paramida seems to be getting on just fine. As head honcho at the...

Enter the sound of silence

Ibiza clubs are coming under new pressure from local authorities, which are now threatening to close down any venue that exceeds sound limits in one...

DJ Alfredo, Danny Rampling, and Nicky Holloway tapped for “Generations” showcase...

Paul Oakenfold will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his seminal 1987 trip to the White Isle with a four-week “Generations” residency at Pikes Ibiza during...

All three Balearic Islands and Malta will be hit...

The government of the Balearic Islands has announced that tourists will have to pay a ‘Sustainable Tourist Tax’ upon arrival at their accommodation from Friday...

Electronic music in Ibiza evolved from the tricky to pigeonhole Balearic sound. Below we've picked some of our Balearic favourites...

Long before DJs such as Marco Carola, Sven Väth and Carl Cox ruled the roost, an entirely different brand of DJs were busy...

Mark Barrott's lush Balearic rhythms

Mark Barrott used to make drum & bass under the name Future Loop Foundation — but he ditched the moniker approximately seven years ago.

“I...