The music of Olivier 'Oxia' Raymond has undergone more style changes than one of Liberace's Las Vegas shows, yet on this release for German label 8 Bit, he mines the sound of his early productions. "Unity (Up Mix)", with its rolling groove, booming bass and tough drums, could have easily fitted on a Good Life record. Elsewhere, he drops the tracky, tribal house of "Soulsa", which is more in keeping with 8 Bit's usual approach. The Down version of the title track is in a similar vein, but the release takes a sideways shift with Steffen Deux's disco-infused take on "Unity", its jazzy keys populated by a repetitive vocal stab.
It's been a fair old while since the last full-length from French techno pioneer Olivier "Oxia" Raymond; in fact, his only previous album was released eight years ago, way back in 2004. Tides Of Mind bears little resemblance to that set, which bristled with aggressive electronic intent. Instead, Raymond delivers at set that borrows as much from deep house and Germanic minimalism as traditional techno. Of course, there's the odd trip into skewed downtempo pop territory (see the dreamy Mesparrow collaboration "Travelling Fast") and some deviation from the 4/4 template - see "Sway" - but for the most part Raymond keeps the vibe deep, melodic and surprisingly soulful.