Sound Pellegrino comes through correct once again with Crystal, and reaffirms their status as one of the most interesting and successful independent label in the game. They've had a lot of big names, Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 to name a few, but Crystal is bound to make a name for himself after something so alluring and funky as "Get It!?" featuring Teki Latex, and the bouncy electro swirls of "Telephonic" - a real lesson in 808 flexing. "Construction" is another full-blown monster and its raucous beat paradigms just jump out the mix and into your cortex, whilst "Crystal Forest" sounds like a techno replacement for Nintendo's Zelda series. TIP!
Led by zouk music hero, Franck Donatien, Crystal was an eight-piece combo from the French West-Indies. They originally released two albums back in the mid-'80s, and now Favorite Recordings have proudly acquired the rights to reissue the first one, 1984's Music Life. Boasting bass, guitars, synthersizers, two drummers and a whole brass section, to name but a few, this ain't no minimalist jam. Instead there are six examples of high-end musicianship, songs and grooves. Highlights include the strutting clavinet-heavy boogie of "Music Life", the proggy Cuban jazz freak out "Santo Domingo" and the Latin cocktail lounge seducer "Lan Mise".