Various Artists - Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy presents ‘Balearic Breakfast’ Volume 1
An eleven track compilation of gloriously transcendent genre-hopping music inspired
by one of the most listened to shows on Worldwide FM; most tracks impossible to find
How does one make a Balearic Breakfast?
You need to obviously start with one part blissful sunshine, rising over one part white sand, set to the sound of the sea looping back and forth. But what else - that perfect, idyllic backdrop aside - sums up that most important time of the day, specifically when spent right in the heart of the most glorious archipelago in the western hemisphere?
Luckily, DJ, broadcaster and producer Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy has perfected the recipe.
Colleen has been mixing together Balearic Breakfast shows on Worldwide FM for the last few years after starting in earnest during the first pandemic lockdown. Her shows offer a remedy to the pressures of the outside world; each is curated with the admirable aim of trying to “create a musical atmosphere for escape”, be it from bad weather or bad vibes. Inspired by formative experiences at The Loft in NYC and on the terrace at Space, Colleen’s Balearic Breakfasts are endlessly eclectic and always inspiring, pulling together - in her words - a “hodge-podge of chill out, spiritual jazz, deep soul, percussive house, quirky disco, indie- dance and what may ‘traditionally’ be called ‘balearic’ (whatever that may be).” Basically, the kind of music you want to hear as the sun breaks over the horizon.
For her first Balearic Breakfast album (lovingly compiled for the ever-visionary Heavenly
Recordings), Colleen has put together a set of songs that allow the listener to drift with her between myriad genres and join the unseen dots between them. The journey takes in shooting star ambient sounds, deep soulful hypno-house, ecstatic Neu-esque locked grooves, etherial sea-shore jazz and Southern Hemisphere starlight disco, with tracks by artists such as Friendly Fires, Mildlife, Linkwood and Lady Blackbird (a track praised by Elton John, who called it “a groove that blows my mind”) and producers such as Andrew Weatherall (under his Asphodells alias), Ashley Beedle, Coyote, the late, great Phil Asher and Cosmo herself. Flowing together, the tracks perfectly create that musical atmosphere for escape - a recipe for daydreaming yourself into a Balearic Breakfast state of mind. Tune in and leave the everyday behind. The sun’s rising overhead and the waves are at your feet, whatever time of day it is wherever you might be in the world.
Balearic Breakfast Volume 1 tracklisting:
1 Joan Bibiloni - Sa Fosca
2 Cantoma - The Mountain (Coyote Remix)
3 Fragile - We've Got Tonight, Boy
1 Linkwood Family - Miles Away
2 P'taah - The Cosmic Laws (Phil Asher Restless Soul Vocal)
1 Mildlife - Vapour (Cosmodelica Remix)
2 Friendly Fires and the Asphodells – Velo
3 Lady Blackbird - Beware The Stranger (Ashley Beedle's 'North Street West' Vocal Remix)
1 Morenas - Hazme Sonar (Ambient Remix by Peter Vriends)
2 Caoilfhionn Rose - Paths
3 Mike Salta and Marty Mortale - Henry's Spacewalk
Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy is a highly respected and experienced musical selector and curator,
founder of the album listening event and content hub Classic Album Sundays and an authority
on music, sound and the vinyl renaissance. She was mentored by David Mancuso at his
seminal Loft parties in New York City. Together they co-produced the compilation series David
Mancuso Presents The Loft and worked together on David’s record label The Loft Audiophile
Library of Music. In 2000, David told Time Out New York City “ She is very devoted and very
pure about the music. She’s one of the only people I would trust, both with the music and with
the equipment, to fill in for me.” She is one of the musical hosts at The Loft, the co-founder of
the Lucky Cloud Loft parties in London and DJs internationally on the world’s best sound
systems and dance floors.
Classic Album Sundays tells the stories behind the albums that have shaped our culture and in
some cases, our lives. Colleen founded Classic Album Sundays as a stance against the
increasing devaluation of music and sound. What began as a passion project is now the
world’s most popular album listening event with satellites in four continents and the website
and social media channels host content on classic albums and artists such as interviews,
videos, playlists and more. BBC Breakfast Television remarked, “Classic Album Sundays treat
our best-loved records like great symphonies.”
She has been a radio host and DJ since the age of fourteen and today hosts Balearic Breakfast,
Cosmodelica and Classic Album Sundays Worldwide on Worldwide FM. She also wrote, co-
produced and hosted the Classic Album Sundays series ‘This Women’s Work’ for PRX, ‘Sounds
of a City’ series on BBC 6 Music and ‘Turntable Tales’ on BBC Radio 4. As a producer Colleen
has remixed Roisin Murphy, Mildlife, The Rapture, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Beardyman, Candi
Staton, Two Bears, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Cantoma, Horace Andy, Chaka Khan & more
under her Cosmodelica moniker and as DarkStarr Diskotek with Ashley Beedle. Along with
former Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas, she recorded and produced as Wild Rumpus.
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