Review: The cafe and sanctuary for first class chill out and new age vibes returns and it's always good to be back out on the terrace. And from the get-go it's a party with Der Dritte Raum, Beg & Steal Or Borrow's hook up with Bsb's Stella Polaris alone! Deeper still you'll find classic US house referential tracks by Butch, two trancey drops from Lake Avalon alongside some breathyand melodic bassline burners from Vhyce. A compilation that truly inspires that just after sunset feeling, with techier twinkles of star-light to boot - check numbers by Evren Furtuna & Gab Rhome, Jetlag and Kidnap, to Baril's deeply inspiring, breakbeat-esque and Laurie Anderson contributing "Lockdown".
Review: The legendary Cafe del Mar mix series continues just like it would if it was still the golden era of chill out, lounge time sessions circa-1997. Spearheaded by tracks from Route 8 and Till Von Sein, get your instrumental and broken beat Balearics from Kinobe - in all its cinematic glory - to a classic 7" disco mix by Electribe 101. Tip! Quantic gets a mention through the Spanish flamenco styles of "Si, Si, Si" next to some ambient trance featuring Fatboy Slim in "The Voice Of Experience". Whether you're an old school head deep into the Budda Bar sound or a young digger trying to relive that classic '90s approach to calm and bliss, Cafe del Mar never disappoints. Legendary as always.
Review: After celebrating their landmark 40th anniversary last year, long running Ibiza-based institution Cafe Del Mar are back for the next annual compilation in their series. Cafe Del Mar Chillhouse Mix XII does exactly what it says on the tin, and quite frankly no one else quite does it better. Highlights come from: legend Ian Pooley on the bumpin' late night groove of "Puzzled", Montreal staple Fred Everything getting the remix treatment by the ever reliable I:cube on the ultra deep sleaze of "Barbarella" and British nu-disco heroes Bent also getting a low slung rework by the mighty Ashley Beedle on "Friends". Elsewhere, Kiwi duo Chaos In The CBD keep "Cool But So.." by Detroit first wave pioneer Alton Miller in a typically soulful and emotive form with their perspective, while Chicago staple JT Donaldson delivers perfect mood music as always with his remix of Dirtytwo's "Hopeless" and Ron Trent showing us all exactly just what 'deepness' really is all about on his stunning version of Tevo Howard's classic "Without Me" feat Tracey Thorn - an oldie but still a goodie!
Review: Legendary label and compilers Cafe Del Mar deliver Terrace Decade Mix! With a contemporary cast of artists keeping the label in the limelight, the sound and feeling of this compilation still very much harks back to the original sentiments of those legendary mixes from back in the day. Headlining numbers include Fritz Kalkbrenner & Thalstroem's (aka Kollektiv Turmstrasse) piano dub to Till Von Sein's "Blueprint" fitting sweetly with the oil drum memories of Mop Mop's "Kamakumba (Simbad dub)". Keeping with the pianos still is Volen Sentir's retouch to About : River alongside some cultural touches of afrocentric styles by wildcard artist Aunti Flo in his remix to Bosq's "Tumbala". '90s Trance plays a huge and effervescent role in Budakid's "The End" next to the spiraling Krautrock and Italo sentiments of Frankey & Sandrino's "Acamar" and other basslines dubs from Mollono.Bass's .Feeling Good". Take it to the terrace - feel good.