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Saturday, Mar 07 2015 | 03:24
Image: 1595592 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages. It's that most magical time of the year again, as Vinyl Christmas is on its way.
You must all have been very good this year because that Balearic Santa, Moonboots and his head elf Jason Boardman, have a luxury treat for one and all, Aficionado's officially unofficial Record Store Day release!

To celebrate the most exciting day of the vinyl calendar, the finest purveyors of the eclectic and ecstatic have brought together four rising stars from across the globe for a special 10" release. The musical journey begins close to home with a well matched pair of laid back beauties from Manchester's freshest talents, Half Silk and Menage a Trois.

It's the mysterious Half Silk who opens proceedings, making his debut with the dreamy groove of 'Delicious Crime'. Taking us on a late night cruise through the big city, Half Silk treats us to swelling chords and seductive basslines while the clavinet sounds a neon-tinged solo, heralding our arrival downtown. As we spill from one bar to the next drinking in the midnight sleaze, echo drenched guitar and organic percussion emerge from the shadowy backstreet, leading us into temptation.

We swap the red-lit vice of the city night for the fresh air of coastal sunrise on the A2 in the company of yacht rock revivalists Menage a Trois. 'Conditional Love' evokes memories of off kilter Japanese synth-pop, 10cc at their most ambitious and the afternoon delight of Rupert Holmes and Pages. Breathy chords drift over a simple rhythm track, setting the scene perfectly for that pitch bent melody.

The B-side begins in truly exotic fashion as Fasaan witch doctor Prins Emanuel transports us from his native Sweden to the moonlit desert for some dervish dancing. 'Dr Arvid's Campfire On The Doones' brews a redolent psychedelic melange of droning sitar, rhythmic guitar and rowdy conga, distilling North African flavours for a trance inducing hit.

From a Swede in Morocco to an Australian in India then, as Eleventeen Eston closes out the EP with the tape warping swelter of his humid white funk. Primitive drum machines, heat haze synth-lines and tropical melodies spin into infinity as Eleventeen masters the art of noise from the comfort of a sun-lounger.

What better way to celebrate Record Store Day than with four future classics from your favourite Balearic outfit.

Officially Aficionado

B2. ELEVENTEEN ESTON_INDIAN BLUE Available from 18.04.2015
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