Bianca Binky only ever made a handful of records, the majority of which have long been forgotten by all but the most dedicated fans of late-‘80s European synth-pop and crossover house. ‘Tabu’, her final solo single from 1990, is different: a gorgeous, tactile chunk of piano-sporting Balearic house from the time when dancing under the stars at Amnesia was a rite of passage for clubbers from all over Europe, has undoubtedly stood the test of time. Something of a sought-after classic, with keen collectors willing to spend hundreds of Euros on an original 12Inch single, ‘Tabu’ remains a loved-up, life-affirming dance-floor gem.
It also happens to be a firm favourite of NuNorthern Soul founder Phil Cooper, who has gone to great lengths to produce a deluxe reissue of the hard-to-find Balearic anthem. Original producer Felix B Mangione, head of Blanco Y Negro Records, had long since lost the original master tapes, so Cooper flew from Ibiza to Barcelona to pick up one one of the only mint copies still available, before forwarding high-quality digital transfers on to Robin Lee for remastering.
The results speak for themselves. The original mix, a breezy, sun-soaked fusion of synthesised marimba melodies, spine-tingling piano riffs, dreamy chords, Chicago-style TB-303 bass and Binky’s sensual spoken word vocals, naturally opens proceedings, and is joined on the A-side of the 12 Inch by the original, alternative ‘House Mix’ – more club-friendly version that beefs up the beats, emphasises the undulating bass=line and offers occasional blasts of spacey synth.
This reissue edition also includes an exclusive, never-before-heard re-edit of the legendary ‘Caribbean Dub’ – first featured on the flip-side of the original release – from Manchester’s finest, Ruf Dug. Tough, effects-laden, bass-heavy and positively epic, Ruffy’s version is arguably the ultimate version of a piano-laden, TB-303 driven Balearic house classic: ten minutes of rising and falling, saucer-eyed dance-floor bliss that’s surely destined to be one of the most-played tracks of summer 2022.
Willie Graff, Pacha, Ibiza – Great extension of the Caribbean Dub by Ruffy here!
Quentin Harris, USA – Love every version
Dr Rob, Ban Ban Ton Ton, Japan – That relentlessly rolling piano means that Ruffy`s remix is definitely the one!
Bill Brewster, UK – OG is the one!
Luke Una, Homoelectric / Worldwide FM / Unabombers, UK – AWESOME THAT!!!
Terry Farley, Faith, UK – Superb!
Max Essa, Japan – Love it, this is going straight on the weekend playlist!
Pete Herbert, Music For Swimming Pools, UK – Wow yes, fine work by Ruf Dug to bring this up to date in an old school/new school kind of way.
Leo Mas, Italy – great original Track and love the Ruf Dug Edit
Jimpster, UK – Love the sounds!! House mix is ace, as is the Ruf Dug version. Look forward to playing it out.
Harri, Sub Club, Scotland, UK – Liking these, will play and support
J Kriv, Razor N Tape, NYC, USA – Heard the original on Trujillo’s Ritmo Fantastico comp from a couple years ago. Ruf Dug’s mix sounds like a nice tweak.
Mike Bee, Vinyl Dreams San Francisco, USA – KIck-ass release, love the dub and the House mix is slamming! Will be supporting in the shop and in the crate!
Sean Johnstone, ALFOS, UK – All very good!
Chris Coco, The Chill Out Tent, UK – Yes, that works! Nice remix.
Andy Wilson, Ibiza Sonica Radio, Spain – love the original of this, great to finally be able to play it, and Ruffles has done a great edit of the dub, can’t wait to play that out.
Joey Fitzgerald aka Gold Suite, Potato Head, Bali – Bloody good. Been waiting for this one!
Marco Hear & Now, Italy – The Ruf Dug dub is an absolute banger!!! Amazing release!
Mike Salta, Music For Dreams, Denmark – With early 90’s dream/paradise house back front row of many a DJ’s record box, this re-release makes a lot of sense.
S / A / M, Cafe Del Mar, Ibiza – Yesssss!!
Private Agenda – Happy 10th Birthday, NuNorthern Soul! So glad Phil made the trip to Barcelona so we could all be treated to a fresh airing of Tabu. This is sure to be a smash this summer – Ruf Dug’s Extended Dub is slick and classy…and a little bit silly. Love it!
Simon Lee, Faze Action, UK – Ah yes so glad this is a getting a reissue had it on my discogs wants list for a while plus the Ruf Dug edit takes the track where it needs to go. Looking forward to playing this one out!More Like Tabu (Ruf Dug Edit) - Bianca