THE SOUND OF SUNDAYS

As it’s friday why not treat your ears to some of the best music they have ever heard. Below are a selection of mixes from our residents The Brothers Grim and Ruf Dug and possibly our favourite ever DJ Bernie Connor. The first mix comes from Ruf Dug and was recorded live from the poolside last Sunday between 11pm and midnight. A party piece of the highest order.

Next up we have another recording direct from the poolside from our guiding star Bernie Connor. Bernie played for us back in June and we were so excited to welcome him to our Balearic home. Our expectations were incredibly high but within the first 3 records he showed us they were not high enough. Bernie knows his onions!

Brother Andrew’s offering comes from a few years back inspired by one of his trips to India. An hour long composition of the music he was listening to on his travels around the Subcontinent along with some field recordings from the very same trip. A mellow affair that sounds somewhat like the start to a Sunday by the pool.

From Brother Mark we’ve got another travel inspired selection. January 2017 saw the Broadbents head off to Central America and Mark recorded this mix whilst nestled somewhere amongst the mangrove swamps. A fairly wide cross section of Mark’s musical tastes covering a lot of the sonic topics we touch on at Pikes On Sundays.

And finally we have a joint effort from Brother Andrew and Brother Mark. Recorded live and broadcast from the Ibiza Sonica studios last year, The Brothers Grim offer an hour of their favourite Cowboy tinged tunes. Sit back, relax, take in 6 hours of beautiful sounds and let us know which is your favourite!

Gracias amigos. Head here to see what we’ve got going on this Sunday.

SUNDAY 13TH AUGUST

We had an absolute blast on Sunday! We made some new friends, were reunited with old friends, amazed a few people and annoyed a few more; all in all a fantastic way to round out your weekend! Much love to all our DJs who delivered to the highest order. Our trusty residents The Brothers Grim kicked the day off in fine style before making way for a spectacular, albeit slightly hungover, Neil Diablo who then handed control to Pikes debutants Mr Solid Gold & Rolfie. The first timers did the business leaving Ruf Dug to finish things off by the pool up until Midnight. With what seemed like the entire broadcasting team of Radio 1 in attendance Ruf Dug took control again in Chez Fez culminating in an impromptu Back To Back set with friend of the family Artwork. As one couple of merry attendees put it, Pikes On Sundays delivers “the best music we’ve ever heard”

This Sunday we have another set of sonic treats lined up for you. Up there with our favourite DJs of all time, PBR Streetgang are back on the island for a few gigs at The Zoo Project and Circoloco and so we jumped at the opportunity to fit them in for another Pikes Sessions. The daring duo will be playing the last few hours by the pool and then helping out with the kick on inside in Chez Fez. Resident Ruf Dug is back for his third session of the Summer and will be playing the opening set from 1pm onwards. If your looking for the smoothest of subtle sounds then we recommend this set for you; he’s a true master of the music suitable for this time of day so come on down if you’re into the finer things in life. Our Italian envoy Riccio has enlisted the help of fellow countryman Lorenzo this week and the duo will play a special extended set in the early afternoon. Brother Mark is away in Croatia for the rest of August so Brother Andrew is left to represent all things Grim and will be doing so firmly back off the wagon after a dry start to the month. Check this fantastic mix from Lorenzo to set the tone; it’s a 100% Italian job!

We had a few sad looking campers this week who turned up looking to get their roast fix but without having reserved a table. We are usually fully booked for these by around friday afternoon so act now if you want a yorkshire pudding this weekend. To reserve call Pikes on 0034 971 34 22 22. Luckily our bar menu is spectacular and the burger soon turned a few of those frowns the right way around and the afternoon was saved! The bar menu is available from 12:00 all day long with no reservation required.

Keep your eyes locked to the blog this week for more musical meanderings from our residents and guest selectors and don’t forget to like our Facebook page if you’re into that kind of thing! Gracias amigos and see you all on Sunday!

 

THE SOUND OF SUNDAYS

Our lovely guests have selected a few songs to get you in the mood for the main event this Sunday. Take a minute, sit back, turn the speakers up to a comfortable 6 or 7 and picture yourself poolside at Pikes hotel.

Ruf Dug Selects – 

Sufferer Sound – I A Suffer – Dennis bovell on production, full poolside wonky dub here. Jump in.

Earl Klugh – Soft Stuff – Horizontal fusion. Backstroke grooving.

Michael Heart – Some Girls – Post sunset jam – this groove engineered specifically for outdoor moves.

Flash And The Pan – Midnight Man – Ruf Kutz’ latest fan Francois Kevorkian on the mix here. Future Chez Fez classic.”

Trouble Vision Select – 

“‪Womack & Womack – MPB (Missin’ Persons Bureau)(Frankie Knuckles Paradise Ballroom Mix)‬ – Something old. Similar in style to his Ain’t Nobody version, this just ticks all the right boxes for Sunday feels.

Donald Dust – Joy July – Something new. Bringing a little bit of Peckham to Pikes, this is the latest release on new South London label No Bad Days. Title track Joy July says it all really… If Sundays looked like an 80’s action film montage.

Barry White – Your Sweetness Is My Weakness – Something borrowed. Borrowed because we first heard Trouble vision resident OK Jones play this at a wedding. Barry. Do we need to say any more.

Talamanca System – My Past Is Your Future – Something blue. This isn’t actually melancholy at all. Quite the opposite actually. What a trio! Gerd Janson, Lauer and White Isle mainstay, Mark Barrott. This just screams poolside daytime vibes to us.”

Neil Diablo Selects – 

Many thanks to our DJs for those selections. Come down to hear all these and many more fine songs being played at Pikes on Sunday 6th August from 1pm until 2am. You really won’t regret it!

 

SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST

Is it really August already?! The Summer seems to be flying by and it’s hard to believe we’re already up to week 14! Lots of love to our DJs from last week David Phillips, Jon Woodall, Riccio and Andrew Livesey who all played fantastic sets delivering 12 hours of simply beautiful music. This week we’ve got another standout lineup arranged with all three of our residents Ruf Dug and The Brothers Grim back in full force. They will be joined by long time friend of the family Neil Diablo who returns for his third consecutive season of Pikes On Sundays along with debutants Mr Solid Gold and Rolfie. With all the makings of a truly Balearic Sunday by the pool, we can’t wait to kick this month of with a bang.

Demand for the Sunday Roasts seems to be higher  than ever at the moment with the restaurant looking set to be fully booked within the next few days. If you would like to reserve a table please act fast and give Pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22. Once they’re gone they’re gone! Thankfully for all of us in this hot weather the pool is always open with no reservations required and the ice cold cocktails are served from the get-go. For those with children in tow we have also extended the operating hours of the Kids Klub which is now open from 2pm until 8pm; as always this is free of charge to our Sunday visitors.

Keep your eyes on the blog over the next few days for musical treats coming from our residents and guests. In the mean time if you are looking for some soothing sonics then you can’t do much better than this exquisite mix from our Pikes On Sundays sensei Bernie Connors recorded live and direct from Pikes last month.

Gracias amigos and see you on Sunday!

 

 

THE SOUND OF SUNDAYS

As a little treat ahead of our event tomorrow our three residents Ruf Dug and The Brothers Grim have selected a few songs to get you in the mood. The brothers and Ruf Dug will be playing from 13:00 until 18:00 so if these selections tickle your fancy, come on down and enjoy your afternoon at the most balearic of poolside settings.

Ruf Dug Selects – 

Trio- da da da – 1982, I’m 7 years old and back then cala llonga was pretty vibing, especially for a 7 year old. There were 3 beach bars at the back and they all had pretty raucous atmospheres and loads of wasps around the bins, they felt super dangerous. Anyway each year one tune would be the big tune in all the beach bars and in 1982 this was the big hit, everyone was singing da da da for ever. Also u know it’s pretty raw for a number 2 pop song.

Baltimora – Tarzan Boy – A few years later, Cala Llonga is still the number 1 centre of the whole universe for vibes as far as little me is concerned… got a bit older now and moved from the beach bars to the mobile DJ who’s getting round the various bars in the village. This pleases mum & dad no end because this DJ has basically become our de facto babysitter and I fuckin love this guy, first time in my life I’d ever seen 2 turntables or cross fading or 12 inch singles or anything like that and my mind’s blown. This was the tune that really got me, I had to buy the sheet music when I got home to play on my casio….

Bygraves – Set Me Free – Street Soul from the heart of Moss Side in the early 90s, the bad old days; played by Phil Mison at the Cafe. A transmission from one world to another; the manchester-ibiza axis is powerful but this is perhaps the most unlikely connection of them all.

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You – It’s the ultimate ibiza tune isn’t it? I was here the year it broke. It was almost as big as da da da. Total marmite amongst all the cool lot but what-the-fuck-ever, its fuckin stardust, deal with it. make a tune as big as this and then u can have a whinge ok.”

Brother Mark Selects – 

“Inspirations from my recent trip to Croatia. Love International is probably more famous for the huge amount of disco delivered in a week than any other musical genre but if your lucky and in the right place at the right time (usually on the restaurants terrace) you can occasionally hear some DJs dig a little deeper or as in this case play something thats rather obvious but that’s been put together in a nice way. The DJ played two hours of 70’s hits that had me reaching far back into my memory bank, memories of youth clubs, school discos and of course Top Of The Pops. A breathe of fresh air.”

Brother Andrew Selects – 

“Four of the best from the Summer so far. All big pop numbers that go down an absolute treat whenever they get played. I like to play these directly after Brother Mark has played something more sombre so that I get all the glory.”

If that doesn’t get you in the mood then we don’t know what will, perhaps some fantastic photos from last week’s party will do the trick… Catch our residents alongside Messalina Records cohorts Mushrooms Project and Lucci Capri this Sunday from 1pm until 2am. See you by the pool!

 

 

 

SUNDAY 23RD JULY

We usually try and get these blog posts out every Monday to give ourselves a full week to promote the parties, if you see them on Tuesday it tends to mean that the Sunday was particularly wild. Today is Wednesday. Hopefully that gives you some idea of the fun we had last week. If not check the photos below which will give you a teaser of the afternoon fun in the sun. (The nighttime portion of the party was not suitable for public display!) Thanks very much to Mike Portlock for capturing these snaps.

Our trusty residents The Brothers Grim kicked the day off at 1pm with an extended B2B set with their new favourite DJ Leon Vynehall with the poolside audience reaching fever pitch a few hours in. Brother Mark continued his marathon set with some welcome assistance from Balearic Ben Korbel whilst Brother Andrew went off for his lunch before handing over the controls over to Ian Murphy and Carlo Bragagnini who finished of the outside proceedings before heading inside for the first hour of the Chez Fez knees up. It was then the turn of Belfast’s finest Hammer and Matthew McBriar to step to the decks before handing back to Mr Murphy for the final 30 minutes of fun. Big ups to all our DJs for all their hard work and fantastic music.

This week we’ve got another dream lineup to tickle your eardrums. We have a very welcome return for our newly revealed resident Ruf Dug who plays the second of his six dates with us, he will be playing directly after The Brothers Grim poolside from 16:00. A must see for anyone interested in the new sound of Pikes On Sundays. For the final five hours this Sunday we hand things over to Messalina Records who bring with them Mushrooms Project and the ever incredible Lucci Capri. We’re repeating this lineup from last Summer as it was a massive highlight for us back in 2016 and we’re very excited to be able to replicate it again this week. Expect incredible music & wonderful tales of strange happenings in South Yorkshire all evening long!

The dining room was full from the get-go this week and we are now consistently selling out of Sunday Lunch places by the start of the weekend so act fast if you would like to join us this week. For reservations please give Pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22. If a roast isn’t your cup of tea or if we’re fully booked by the time you get in touch we have a fantastic bar menu available all day long with no reservation required.

As always Pikes On Sundays is a free event open to one and all at anytime. We start things off at 1pm and run through until around 2am. We have a kids club operation from 2pm until 6pm for those looking to escape from the little ones for a few hours. To see more of these great photos head over to the full album on our facebook page here. Pikes On Sundays will make you feel good! Gracias amigos!

 

 

 

MUSIC MASTERS – RUF DUG

We are incredibly pleased to announce a new string to the Pikes On Sundays bow as we welcome Ruf Dug as an official resident for 2017. This Sunday is the first of his 6 dates with us this Summer and to get you in the mood and to give you an insight into the man behind the music he is this week’s music master. Press play on his fantastic mix below, transport yourself to the Pikes Poolside and have a read of Brother Mark’s talk with the main man.

MARK BROADBENT – The Music Masters part of the blog was set up to introduce people who we love and admire that we’ve worked with in the past and also friends of ours who we think need further introduction to a wider audience. Now although Simon (Ruf Dug) is a new acquaintance to us here at Pikes On Sundays when we found him we realised we had met a kindred spirt. His album (Island) became a much talked about mainstay of our Sunday sessions playlists and off the back of this he came and played with us last summer on what turned out to be one of our favourite shows of last season.

Given that I am away in Croatia for large parts of the summer Simon was our obvious choice as a replacement for my good self and also the perfect resident to compliment The Brothers Grim and our irregular guests when I’m back visiting the home front. If you’re on the island this Summer you are in for a real treat, no, make that six treats as we program Simon across July, August and September. All adding up to make Simon this weeks Music Master.

MB – You have been coming to the island for a long time Simon, when do you think the golden years were in terms of the ultimate Ibiza clubbing experience, builders and beauty queens dancing side by side outside the confines of a velvet rope?

RUF DUG – To me the golden age has to be Alfredo’s glory years at Amnesia and it’s ‘my’ golden age because I was a little too young to go clubbing at the time and never actually went 🙂 This means it can exist wholly in my imagination and be totally perfect. Having spoken to many people who were there it does seem to be very different to anything else…

MB – Was there one club night that particularly stood out for you growing up and was it an island resident Dj or guest Dj experience that you remember most from the nights there?

RD – Well you know what the very first nightclub I ever went into in the world was the Hollywood Discotheque in Cala Llonga in about 1989 aged 14, I was drunk on schnapps and they were showing a porno vid on the TV behind the bar. The Hollywood has long been knocked down (there’s still a beach bar though) but damn it was a really cool club. Could hold like 200 people max, sunken dancefloor, white shiny tiles and mirrors everywhere. The DJ was playing dead obvious stuff cos it was just a resort disco at the end of the day but I didn’t care. It’s a car park now.

MB – I used to hold my weekly PR meetings down on the Sunset Strip in San Antonio and then sit back and listen to the sublime sound of Jose Padilla, I swear that I once saw him draw out the sun from behind the clouds with his programming skills, this could well have been the drugs that I had been imbibing but have you ever had a ‘Balearic experience’ whilst listening to Jose Padilla at The Cafe Del Mar?

RD – Well I don’t know if it counts but I was listening to one of Jose’s Cafe Del Mar tapes in the Caribbean one night during the stormiest sunset and it was one of those incredible moments where everything just locked in – the music, the sound of the rain, the sun, the frogs… magic. Good on you Jose. My last visit to the Cafe was in winter a few years ago – it was closed and we sat on the boardwalk with a spliff and about 5 other people on the whole strip (no Jose though, that would have been very special).

MB – Your album – Island – on the Music For Dreams label fast became a standard at our Sunday sessions at Pikes and seemed as it had been made with Ibiza and more importantly Pikes in mind, was this the case or were you thinking of another island and a different venue when you wrote the album?

RD – I was in Guadeloupe when I made it so it’s probably about 50% Caribbean and 50% Ibiza… there are particular common elements associated with island music from all over the world and the album was sort of trying to hook into that idea a little. 

MB – The album is a very laid-back affair but you also write music aimed well and truly at the dance floor with your Ruf Kutz tracks, which do you prefer to make and which style gives you the most pleasure playing out?

RD – I’ve been able to get away with making a reasonably broad range of music as well as being asked to play in many locations that aren’t dancefloor focused. What matters to me are those moments when everybody in the place is aware that we’re all in here together, that we’re having a shared experience, that this is special and that it feels good. With music you can help make these moments happen and they can occur in all kinds of places – on a dancefloor, by the pool, in a restaurant, on the beach – anywhere there’s a mood to be matched with music then I’m there for you.

MB – Your staying on Ibiza and playing with us for a couple of months this summer, will you be writing music whilst your here and do you have a theme in mind or is this something that comes to you once you are immersed in your new surroundings?

RD – We’ll see – I’ve written a few bits and pieces over the years out here and I’m bringing a small setup but I think the sun is going to win this time.

MB – For one weekend only you are able to travel back in time and space and visit one musical happening from the past, you are also allowed to change shape or sex. Where are you going and what will you be?

RD – I’m going to be Grace Jones at the Paradise Garage and then because I’m Grace Jones you can go fuck your one happening from the past I’m having another one. I’m gonna get on a plane and fly to amnesia. 1987. Cheeers!

MB – You’re from Manchester England, a city that has an incredible musical heritage, which Manchester band said the most to you as you were growing up and which of their albums is your favourite?

RD – Growing up it wasn’t really a band – it was 808 State. Ex:El is their best album by miles. Even now their music seems ultra futuristic, listening to it as a kid destroyed me. 

MB – Meat Loaf famously said “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” What do you think he was getting at and what wouldn’t you do for love ?

RD – This is defo Meat Loaf saying no to a strap-on up the bum. As for me I say you gotta live a little n’ love a little – pass the amyl please x!

MB – How much are you looking forward to joining us at Pikes this summer and have you made any special music for the shows?

RD – I’m so excited that I don’t need any flights to the island I’m just gonna make my way there on pure BUZZ POWER. Yep I’m working on a few special treats to play at Pikes – some horizontal stuff for the day and a few late night dubs… see u all very soon xxxx

Well Ruf Dug we are equally as excited to see yo on Sunday! Simon plays with The Brothers Grim, Ewan Pearson, Declan Lee and a very special guest. Read all about that here. Our Sunday Lunches were completely sold out by friday last week so act fast if you want to join us this week. Give pikes a call on 0034 971 34 22 22 to book. Gracias amigos and see you soon!