Review: Japanese downtempo don Calm has released over a dozen albums in a career dating back to the 90s, and here comes the remixed version of his latest, 2018's 'By Your Side'. Overall, the 'mellow mellow' part of the title makes more obvious sense than the 'acid' part, because the tempo rarely moves above walking pace and the 303 comes out on only a couple of tracks, but if downtempo, headnoddin' grooves are your thing you'll find much to enjoy, while Lucas Croon's remix of 'Before Landing' brings a little dirty funk to the party and Cantoma's rub of 'You Can See The Sunrise Again' is a blissed-out Balearic houser.
Review: Calm's second outing is already in the shape of an album, once again coming through on Italy's reliable Hell Yeah! Records, marking a significant step-up for the artist, and an entrance into the more conceptual side of electronic music. The album begins as a thrilling voyage of sounds and remains as such for its entirety, using the wider 'balearic' framework as a platform to base its diverse range of tracks. Synths are the biggest component of these segments, gently weaving an immersive story from the ground up. There are hardly any beats on here but the music is full of movement and rich in texture, creating a colourful world that sways from sadness to euphoria with elegance.