Roger Shah - Magic Island - Music for Balearic People, Vol. 5

Magic Island Records

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He's the man who’s got his mind on summer… and summer on the mind! Eternal sun-chaser Roger Shah returns, front end of 2014’s hot season with a fifth spectacular day-through-night seasonal soundtrack-er. Once again epitomizing to the nth degree his twin sonic psyches, by its mix turns ‘Magic Island 5’ supplies seaside atmosphere and nitric, beach-bar grooves and latterly synth and vocal driven club elevation. 

Featuring 30 new tracks, each expounding these ethics in their own way, the album includes a mass of new studio material from Roger himself, as well as many from his best know sobriquets and collaboration projects. In and amongst them is music from High Noon At Salinas, Black Pearl, Global Experience, Sunlounger as well as tracks from Carla Werner, Rocking J, Dennis Sender, PM Attitude and a whole host of others.

Whether you be stretched horizontal on the beach or fully vertical club-side, ‘Magic Island 5’ is ready and waiting to pop the gateway open to summer.  

The passage to the fifth in the Magic Island chain starts in the most tranquil of waters. Dipping its toes in, it brings the live percussion, reclined tempos, samba-ish rhythms and the caught-on-the-breeze sounds of Carla ‘Southern Sun’ Werner’s ‘Power’, Balearic Session’s ‘Visitas’ and Brian Laruso-produced/Mila Falls-vocalled ‘Could This Be Love’. Imbuing the mix with plenty of his own studio stock, Roger works in recent singles ‘Surrender’ and ‘One Life’, as well as 'When You’re Here’, which features the vocals of Aisling (daughter of Moya ‘Clannad’ Brennan) Jarvis. Mid-mix Roger begins a progressive upswing to its tempo. Starting to shake the sand out of its shoes, the mix builds with the Sophie Ellis-Bextor-sung future anthem ‘Back To Paradise’, the jetstream-ing riffs of Global Experience’s ‘Santa Monica’ and Rocking J & Alexandra Badoi’s ‘Lumina’. 

“None of the Magic Island albums are ‘Ibiza compilations”, says Roger Shah, clarifying the ever present misconception of his estimable series. “To me Balearica is a state of mind, not a place; ‘Magic Island’ is a metaphor - not for the White Isle itself, but everything its represents worldwide. Sun, sea, sounds, vacations, having fun, those types of things. Its designed as a soundtrack to enjoy life by!

I feel this new edition takes the capture of all those elements to a new level. I’m delighted to be able to include new music from so many of my favourite producers. I hope wherever you find yourself this summer, this album in some way contributes to the experience and brings you into yet more of a Balearic state of mind!”

As Mix 2 begins, you’ll notice an immediate change in the air. Magic Island's once azure-blue waters have developed more than a few white tipped, notably choppier sound waves. Suddenly its far less beach and much more beat! Taking the taxi club-side, Shah plunges headlong into peak time. A deuce of tracks from San Franciscan Ari Kyle lead Disc 2 out as ‘Rule’ and ‘Never Far’ cede to sonic rockets including Black Pearl’s ‘Tagula Island, Rocking J’s ‘Cynthia’, PM Attitude’s ‘The Prophet’ and numerous other floor-twisters. Further in, Roger teams with Sied van Riel & Jennifer Rene, JES and Nicolas Eli for respective mid-mix gems ‘Without You’, ‘Glitter & Gold’ and ‘Hope’. With its engines finally at full burn, he climatically works together ‘New Age’ from Russia’s Paul Legvand & Nick Callan’s full-thrust ‘Trust Me into his & Pierre Pienaar ‘The Namib’ and Craft Integrated’s ‘New Dimension’.

Track list

  • 01
    Iberican Ways (MI5 Edit)
    By High Noon At Salinas
  • 02
    Surrender (Brian Laruso's Touching Your Soul Remix)
    By Roger Shah presents Sunlounger featuring Chase
  • 03
    Power (Roger Shah Trenchtown Remix)
    By Carla Werner
  • 04
    One Life (Raul Pablo Sanchez Deeper Translation Remix)
    By Roger Shah & DJ Feel featuring Zara Taylor
  • 05
    Visitas (MI5 Edit)
    By Balearic Session
  • 06
    When You're Here (MI5 Edit)
    By Roger Shah & Aisling Jarvis
  • 07
    Could This Be Love (MI5 Edit)
    By Brian Laruso featuring Mila Falls
  • 08
    Million Questions (MI5 Edit)
    By Raul Pablo Sanchez
  • 09
  • 10
    Back to Paradise (Roger Shah Remix)
    By Guéna LG & Amir Afargan featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • 11
    Otra Vez (MI5 Edit)
    By Garrido & Hanski
  • 12
    Santa Monica (MI5 Edit)
    By Global Experience
  • 13
    Lumina (MI5 Edit)
    By Rocking J featuring Alexandra Badoi
  • 14
    No Brainer (Original Mix)
    By Roger Shah
  • 15
    The Twin Paradox (MI5 Edit)
    By Sephano & Torio
  • 16
    Magic Island Vol. 5 Mix 1
    By Roger Shah
  • 17
    Rule (Original Mix)
    By Ari Kyle vs Koka
  • 18
    Morning Light (Original Mix)
    By Denis Sender
  • 19
    Never Far (MI5 Edit)
    By Ari Kyle & Audioscape featuring Simon Latham
  • 20
    Tagula Island (Roger Shah & Ralph Fritsch MI5 Edit)
    By Black Pearl
  • 21
    Too Late (MI5 Edit)
    By Puma Scorz featuring Ai Takekawa
  • 22
    Cynthia 7 (MI5 Edit)
    By Rocking J
  • 23
    The Prophet
    By PM AttitudE
  • 24
    Without You (MI5 Edit)
    By Roger Shah & Sied Van Riel featuring Jennifer Rene
  • 25
    From Sunset to Sunrise (Original Mix)
    By Denis Sender
  • 26
    Glitter and Gold (Roger Shah MI5 Edit)
    By Roger Shah presents Sunlounger & JES
  • 27
    Hope (MI5 Edit)
    By Roger Shah & Nicholas Eli
  • 28
    New Age (MI5 Edit)
    By Paul Legvand
  • 29
    Trust Me (MI5 Remastered)
    By Nick Callan
  • 30
    The Namib (MI5 Edit)
    By Roger Shah & Pierre Pienaar
  • 31
    New Dimension (Original Mix)
    By Craft Integrated
  • 32
    Magic Island Vol. 5 Mix 2
    By Roger Shah