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Cosmic Sailing Remix EP

by My Friend Dario

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Steve Optix
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Steve Optix The Hot Toddy remix of 'Neve Su Acireale', sounds like a more Balearic version of 'Voices' if there is such a thing!

Malvasia is a superb track that I thought couldn't be bettered but this retains all the best elements adding dreamy sparkles, smooth drums, and a warm bass,

Willie's re-touch of 'Fenice' takes it back to beach guitars and shades of Raúl Orellana, whilst James Bright's ‘Storm’ take slowly chugs with the merging of technology, soul and microchip mellows! Favorite track: Malvasia [Blair French Remix].
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coleodin Such a great release... it's got all the vibes of a great day out.. The night, the morning... the build and release... Bravo team! Favorite track: Fenice [Willie Graff Remix].
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eclectics The cut for me is Jame's... Here's brought an expanse to the OG, the driven acid undertones are my flavour, a beauty release guys x Favorite track: Storm [James Bright Remix].
Da Silva
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Da Silva Once again Phil just nailed it... the all release is amazing, but Willie Graff Remix is just wonderful, this kind of Chris Rea style, I'll definitly play it over and over again !
Mike Tate
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Mike Tate What a collection of remixes! Hot Toddy remix is off the scale. Favorite track: Neve Su Acireale [Hot Toddy Remix].
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    12" with Cosmic Sailing remixes from Hot Toddy, Willie Graff, Blair French & James Bright. Original artwork taken from the Hints of Ibiza series 2021 by Helen Sadler.

    NuNorthern Soul and artist Helen Sadler are collaborating on a new visual project to accompany the label’s releases this summer, Hints of Ibiza.

    Both label and artist reside on the White Isle, with the former releasing music partially inspired by the aesthetic and geography of the island, and the latter creating images that reflect the colours of Ibiza.

    This summer, every digital release from NuNorthern Soul will come accompanied by specially commissioned artwork by Sadler. These images combine brand-new sketches of iconic Ibiza architectural and natural landmarks with some of Sadler’s stunning abstract paintings, which were created to celebrate the vivid colours of one of the world’s most celebrated and storied islands.

    Sadler’s Hints of Ibiza artwork will feature on eight NuNorthern Soul digital download releases over the course of the summer of 2021, including EPs from B.J Smith & Huw Costin, Marshall Watson and My Friend Dario. The releases will be available via the NuNorthern Soul Bandcamp and via a range of other digital download stores and streaming sites.

    British artist Helen Sadler has long been associated with Ibiza. Based in the island’s old port, her beautiful abstract paintings draw inspiration from the natural light and colours of the Balearics. She has previously exhibited her work at El Hotel Pacha and Pikes Hotel.

    NuNorthern Soul is a record label founded and managed by DJ, producer and music consultant Phil Cooper. The label was established in 2012, primarily to release textured, layered and picturesque music. When making a decision on whether to sign music for release, Cooper takes into consideration what it would sound like during his frequent sunset DJ sessions on the island of Ibiza, where he resides

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Dario Aiello’s first EP for NuNorthern Soul as My Friend Dario, Cosmic Sailing, was one of the label’s most inspired releases of 2020 – a six-track musical voyage into the unknown that cannily combined elements of Balearic disco, ambient, turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house, horizontal jazz-funk and colourful synth-boogie.

With such strong musical motifs and instrumentation to work with, NuNorthern Soul boss Phil Cooper decided to ask some well-established producers and friends-of-the family to put their own spin on the Sicilian producer’s EP. The result is Cosmic Sailing Remixed, a four-track set of reworks that takes Aiello’s mesmerising, atmospheric and enveloping cuts to whole new musical places.

Crazy P’s Chris Todd dons his now familiar Hot Toddy guise for an EP-opening revision of ‘Neve Su Acireale’. Todd makes the most of Aiello’s Pat Metheny style jazz guitar motifs, teasing the track in via an ambient intro that recalls both the Orb’s earliest singles and Steve Reich classic ‘Electric Counterpoint’. After building tension through loose-limbed, progressively more intense drum fills, Todd unleashes a glorious Balearic disco groove that carries the track forwards towards a blissful conclusion.

Sometime Music For Dreams, Hell Yeah recordings and Leng contributor Willie Graff steps up next, brilliantly re-imagining ‘Fenice’ as a hypnotic and bass-heavy chunk of Balearic dub disco rich in layered, samba-style percussion, glistening electric guitar motifs and fluid synthesizer flourishes. Later in the track, Graff introduces more elements from Aiello’s original track – twinkling pianos and dream house style aural textures for starters – before adding touches of tape delay to emphasize the track’s dubby dancefloor mood.

Those seeking extremely immersive, mood-enhancing music will be thrilled by Blair French’s tactile, sunrise-ready take on ‘Malvisa’. The Detroit-based musician and soundtrack composer draws heavily on the kaleidoscopic but mellow synthesizer textures of Aiello’s original version while continually adding new layers of percussion and electronic melodies. The result is a swirling, calming remix that should delight home listeners and slow-motion dancers alike.

To round off the EP, Balearic synth-pop specialist James Bright puts his creative stamp on ‘Storm’. Bright re-frames the most atmospheric cut on Aiello’s EP and a yearning, heart-aching journey through slow-motion acid lines, twinkling pianos, huggable synth-pop grooves and the kind of sustained chords that feel like they’re wrapping your body in a toasty blanket made of the finest cashmere. It provides a poignant, jaw-dropping conclusion to a high-quality set of imaginative and kaleidoscopic remixes.


released July 30, 2021

Mastered by Robin Lee
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My Friend Dario Catania, Italy

My Friend Dario serves up beats that come from tropical landscapes, guitars that break on the sand like foaming little waves and majestic synths that shine like the sun. This is the sonic vision of My Friend Dario, a new freestyle project by Catania's very own DJ and producer Dario Aiello and one whose rarefied sounds are designed for chilling out and heating up a dance floor! ... more

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