V/A - Fahrenheit Project Part Five (Ultimae Records 2005) CD


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V/A – Fahrenheit Project Part Five


Artist: Various
Title: Fahrenheit Project Part Five
Format: CD (digipack)
Label: Ultimae (France)
Cat. #: INRE 015
Distribution: Ultimae.com/network
Date: February 2005

Track listing:

01. 08’00†Jaïa - Alone
02. 05’43†Solar Fields – Water Silence
03. 07’47†Aural Planet – Sunfruits Avenue
04. 07’06†Aes Dana - Purple
05. 05’49†H.U.V.A. Network – Processing Lights (Fairy Tales Live Version)
06. 07’04†Cell – Blue Embers
07. 06’43†Great Leap Forward – In Name of the Super Natural
08. 06’23†Carbon Based Lifeforms – T-Rex Echoes
09. 05’18†Sync 24 – Adrift In Time (Drumatix Edit)
10. 05’14†Hol Baumann – Final
11. 07’14†Sync 24 – Wake (Epilouge Edit)


From psychedelic downtempo to eclectic ambient – in eleven easy steps!

Ultimae Records – the world’s leading chill label - is out with their 15th release… This time it’s the 5th chapter in the Fahrenheit Project series… The CD is compiled by Ultimae resident DJ Tajmahal who’s been in the game for longer than anyone can remember, so chances are he knows what he’s doing… The mastering has been left to the experienced Ultimae regular Huby Sea and the tracklist looks absolutely smashing… Ultimae plays their strongest cards – so here’s hoping for a breathtaking experience…

Let me take you thru the tracks…

#01: Jaïa - Alone
The journey begins in France… Jaïa (Jean Michel Blanchet & Yannis Kamarinas) released their album debut album Blue Energy back in 1998 and has made some of the most acclaimed trance… Also they have an upcoming album on Digital Structures – I can’t wait for that one! This is not your usual intro to an ambient album… I mean, it’s still ambient, but Jaïa’s goatrance roots do not fail them… After the initial subtle intro, the track takes a trancey turn... Ahh yes, my speakers really like the bass here… Wonderful psychedelic downbeat!

#02: Solar Fields – Water Silence
Tajmahal makes sure we drift seamlessly into the next track… Solar Fields is Magnus Birgersson from Sweden – another Ultimae regular who has 2½ albums released already (he’s one half of H.U.V.A. Network with one album released)... This is a nice track indeed – tribal percussion, electro bits & pieces and soft, floating, organic pads… And subtle vocals by Elina Eriksson… Again it’s a pretty fast downtempo trance track… Wikkid!

#03: Aural Planet – Sunfruits Avenue
Radoslaw Kochman from Poland is part of the Aural Planet collective, and he has made this track in co-operation with Vincent from Ultimae… Someone once referred to Aural Planet as ‘chilled psychedelic trance with an experimental kick’ and that’s pretty fitting for this track… head-bop friendly with just the right combination of kick, synth and percussion… Tasty!

#04: Aes Dana – Purple
Ahh, Aes Dana… Ultimae execVincent Villuis has yet to dissapoint me... He’s released 3 albums as Aes Dana, 2 as a member of Asura and 1 as a member of H.U.V.A. Network – and they all rule! We maintain the danceable downbeat groove here, and this is a very hypnotizing track with a sweet, sweet rolling bassline and an overall funky groove with Eastern influences… Stunning track!

#05: H.U.V.A. Network – Processing Lights (Fairy Tales Live Version)
Another strong Ultimae selling point is the combined forces of Magnus Birgersson & Vincent Villuis… The original version of this track from the album Distances was only 3’30 minutes long and this the live version performed by Vince at the Fairy Tales Party @ The Mass (London) in November 2004… This is a longer chilled mix with breakz and long organic pads… Not bad!

#06: Cell – Blue Embers
Next up is Alexandre Scheffer from France… He’s got his debut album coming out in 2005, he’s an Ultimae regular and his tracks are also beginning to pop up on harder labels such as Peak Records and Ketuh Records… This is a more chilled track, with less emphasis on bass than the first half of this CD… We’re somewhere in border territory between downtempo trance and esoteric ambient… Very floating and nice!

#07: Great Leap Forward – In Name of the Super Natural
“You must be very tired after your long journey? … No, not particularly… I trust you’re not in need of anything? No, thank you. Well then I bid you peace!†I own the debut CLF album Cinkofa by aussie Marius Katz but to be honest it didn’t really do much for me, and it’s collecting dust now… But maybe that’s about to change ‘cause this is a very nice track… Deep, dubby, floating and with a very dreamy atmosphere… This is perfect chill-out!

#08: Carbon Based Lifeforms – T-Rex Echoes
CBL is Daniel Ringström from Sweden – another Ultimae regular, though I’m not very familiar with his work… We’re shifting into more melancholy ambient now, with long organic pads and natural soundscapes laid on top a well-polished, slow, blunt beat… Oh yes, we’re getting ready to drift into dreamland… ;o)

#09: Sync 24 – Adrift In Time (Drumatix Edit)
Sync 24 is Daniel Ringström from CBL again, and on this track he kinda continues where he left off on the previous track… It’s very organic and very natural – but with a more distinct electronic atmosphere this time… Stiff, harsh electro-elements blended nicely with floating ambient… Experimental fusion downbeat… Interesting!

#10: Hol Baumann – Final
Hol Baumann from France is yet another regular and has appeared on all but one Fahrenheit Project compilations… He brings us another fusion downbeat track with both orchestral elements, dub, guitars and distinct ethnic influences… There’s a very nice atmosphere here, and it kinda reminds me of Kaya Project here and there… Nice!

#11: Sync 24 – Wake (Epilouge Edit)
“As I wake up, I find myself floating…†The last track is by Sync 24 again, and now we’re reeeeeally chilling out… This is pure ambient… Long harmonic, beatless pads and soothing, relaxing soundscapes… Simply beautiful, and I could not have wished for a better way to end this magical journey… Dope!

I’ve always been a big fan of the Ultimae releases – and I was particularly impressed with the last couple: H.U.V.A. Network’s Distances and Aes Dana’s Memomy Shell and I really hate to sound like a broken record, but this is another instant classic from the French chill-masters… A must-have!

The subtle mixing by Tajmahal is flawless, and in his selection of tracks he takes the listener on an adventurous journey from psychedelic downbeat to deep, dreamy ambient… As always with Ultimae the packaging is über-cool and correlates perfectly with the music… Nuff said – this compilation is essential for any fan of intelligent downbeat music! Enjoy!

Favourites: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11


External links:
Ultimae E-shop: http://tinyurl.com/5vn2q
Psyshop: http://tinyurl.com/49wmk
Saiko Sounds: http://tinyurl.com/4vsrt
Amboworld: http://tinyurl.com/4wpus
Wirikuta: http://tinyurl.com/4lrs7


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.bristol ...
yeah i like this album

very nice as ever, although when putting it on to go to bed, usually fall asleep before half way through ...

good for dreaming though :Smile3: