Review: For the last five years, Mikhail Khvasko has been offering up warm, woozy and sun-kissed music as A Vision of Panorama. The producer's latest missive - his fourth release for Mellophonia - is every bit as melodious, life affirming and listenable as its predecessors. He first joins the dots between bubbly synth-funk and sun-kissed Balearica on "Delicious Saw", before layering more vintage-sounding synthesizer lead lines, jazz-funk bass and an ultra-warm groove on the equally attractive "Lum". "Euphoria" is, if anything, even more positive in its dreamy, synth-sporting approach to musical pleasure, while "Fourth" is jazz and squelchy in the best possible way. Attractive, grown up synthesizer music for lazy afternoons and sweltering evenings.
Review: Mysterious Russian producer A Vision Of Panorama returns with a brilliant full length release fooling up great efforts on Music For Dreams and Aficionado. Expect lo-slung, retro flavoured nu-disco with a brazen display of Balearic flair. Starting out with "Back To Elba", a groove which is cool as a cucumber, there's more mellow dancefloor stuff such as on "Barbados" or "I Saw The Wind" which call to mind Max Essa, Fabrizio Mammarella or even Lauer at times. Combined with sombre yet romantic pop ballads such as the haunting "Duality" featuring some gorgeous vocals or "Surf Blue" calling to mind Gaussian Curve: this is a truly wonderful album.
Review: After completing a hat trick of essential releases with "Seaside Tune", Russia's king of lilting melodies, coastal flavours and sunkissed sounds returns with his latest must have release. Back once again on his own Mellophonia imprint, A Vision Of Panorama invites us aboard his luxury yacht for a carefree journey across the ocean. Opening with the animalistic chatter of the Brazilian cuica and a chirping synth melody, "Two Birds" instantly transports us to tropical climes where the breeze plays among the palm trees and the clear waters kiss the white sand. Title track "New Horizons" sees the tempo drop to a languid strut as the fretless bassline takes our dancing bodies under its control. The bright tuned percussion, misty pads and mystical woodwind offer light and shade at the top end, while that Balearic beat should keep the dancefloor moving. As we follow the suns arc onto the B-side, A Vision Of Panorama turns up the heat and the tempo for the beachside proto-house peach "Coastal Waves".
Review: A Vision Of Panorama cooks up another multi-course Balearic banquet. This time he's flexed his generous, soft-centred sonics on Mellophonia. Each cut is a breezy, warm synth odyssey - highlights include the groove-heavy strutter "Heartbeat" (thanks to its loose sloppy bassline and confident synth shots) and the piano-tickling finale "Mosaic Xylos" (thanks to its flighty broken drums and arpeggiated insistency). The only thing to be wary of here is the misleading title: there is more than one seaside tune here, they're all primed for the beach... And pretty much any other activity or location you have planned this summer.