Pound Shop Alex Petridis
- Reaction score
This pretty much slipped in under the radar here at psyreviews towers. And admit it, from the cover or tracklist, itâ€™s not something the average punter will get terribly excited about. Slide it into your CD player though, and things take on an unexpectedly high-quality tone. Sublime, massage-quality chill with a gorgeously modern, smooth feel. Solariansâ€™ Spring Thing is one of the finest bits of music Iâ€™ve heard all year, itâ€™s deep and its fluid and has this sort of hippy-dub feel to it, without going too far into either individual territory. Tribalistic Societyâ€™s Aarhus On A Sunday Afternoon is another interesting one, very laidback and more fluid than an alcoholicâ€™s breakfastâ€¦. with sounds borrowed from smooth house, the overall feel is fantastic and very individual. TKYâ€™s Long Before This Day is sort of like a Rhodes-Reggae piece, peppered with comedy samples, and it works well. Lishâ€™s Blue has a sort of eternal-classic feel to it, like itâ€™s something youâ€™ve heard a million times before on classic CafÃ© Del Mar compilations. I mean this in a good way: it cruises and glides along with a rare tonal grace. As for Sunfireâ€™s Electronicâ€¦ christ. Iâ€™d decided to pop into the shower, cranked the volume up so I could still sort of hear ths CD. Scrub scrub scrub, nice groove, sounds good, wash wash wash, and thenâ€¦ this amazing melody comes rising out: at once sad, happy, reflective, in-love, out-of-love. Gorgeous. I dashed out of the shower, and dripped water all the way back to the stereo to check it out: you just have to experience this one, kids. Itâ€™s simple yet incredibly effective, with a melody that sounds as though everythingâ€™s being put right in the world. Phew. Visual Paradoxâ€™s Gayo doesnâ€™t quite cut the mustard, and sounds a little generic, but TKY vs Max Maxwellâ€™s Twilight is right back up there again: eastern/spiritual wailing, complex arpeggios that seem to fly around the room, and a bassline you feel rather than hear, to hang it all together. Wilson Stoutâ€™s Helpless I had to skip, it starts out nice enough and the production works a treat butâ€¦ the vocalâ€¦ itâ€™s veering on the wrong side of poppy. I can appreciate this in an Israeli way, I can also appreciate this in the way that it does technically *work* at this point in the compilationâ€¦ butâ€¦ ack. Sestoâ€™s Slow Move is a decent enough tune, but it smacks itself into this album like a bull in a chillout shop. Elements that make it good (renegade snares, dropped beats) donâ€™t fit on this CD; which is a pity. Iâ€™m sure Sesto could do a pretty smashing track if they tried something that would be in keeping with the vibe of the album; such as Psionyxâ€™s Deimos Vista. Straight back in with the vibe again, a smooth and unfolding tune that just eases its way alongâ€¦ delightful. To close the album, Misted Muppet rinse out a two-minute work, pretty much what youâ€™d expect from these guys really, their typical chord swoops translated onto slomo piano andâ€¦ yeah! Okay! So what of this album then? Couple of observations. DJ Auspexx, who compiled this, has a rare ear for music. All the tunes here have flow (barring Sesto), theyâ€™re pitched well in between emotions and I think this is what Auspexx was trying to do. Thereâ€™s something about this album, more than the sum of its parts. An absolute fucking gem, make no mistake about it. I just hope this album can raise its head enough above the general dearth of releases to get the recognition it deserves. Magnificent.