Vol. 1: A Chill Out Session
label: Loungism Recordings
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
What, my friends,
is this genre called "chill-out"? It's what you listen
to in the back room when you're coming down off an E trip; techno,
electro, but slow and soft and ambient and unchallenging, "quiet
storm" stuff for club kids. It's hard to get real excited
about chill-out music, because it works so hard to get
you NOT excited. But the best of it can be as beautiful as that
girl on the other couch who is about to pass out.
This CD is just that beautiful. It's a 13-track
compilation featuring such Euro-scene stalwarts as JFC, King Kooba,
and Lemongrass, and ethno-downtempo acts dZihan & Kamien and
Da Lata. Everything seems to float on a little happy friendly
no-lumps drumbeat, there are lots of floaty synths, some "aaaaahhhhh"
vocals, stuff that sounds like vibes, and almost nothing to get
your pulse racing…or to write home about either.
But the genius part is that they do throw in the
occasional wildcard. Philly jazzbo hip-hop poet Ursula Rucker
makes an appearance early on, with a wicked monologue called "Circe"
that has been remixed by Jazzanova so that it fits into lounge
culture. Pepe Deluxe steals the entire backing track from the
first part of Diana Ross' "Love Hangover" (you know,
the funky section) and puts some kind of shite "sampled"
monologue over it--but that beat is so dope that it's all good.
And Stereo Action Unlimited comes correct on a track called "Hi-Fi
Trumpet," which sounds like the missing link between Herb
Alpert and the Nortec Collective.
But the biggest
surprise here is the incredible undying dopeness of one song,
the Gotan Project's "El Capitalismo Foraneo." This song,
off last year's Revancha del Tango, brings the Argentinean
noise like no other; Nini Flores' bandoneon sounds amazing next
to the light dubby beats, and the song really actually cooks,
albeit in a slow sort of way. This piece is almost too good for
the album, because it makes you want to get up, grab the nearest
hottie in red, and tango until dawn stretches her weary fingers
over the city. And that's just not very chill-out, is it?
great collection, sweet stuff. Ideal for those who need to lower
their blood pressure, and club kids who want to get laid.
liked Nikki Beach Vol. 1...
2. Circe (Jazzanova Mix)
5. Ocean Air
6. Feeling Good
7. Beat Experience
10. El Capitalismo Foraneo
11. Hi Fi Trumpet
12. Rio Vida