"Bedroom Communities 01. Pillow Talk" CD
Genres: dance, electronica, chillout
15982 NW 48th Avenue
Miami FL 33014
Jan 26 - Feb 1 2004
Opinions differ widely on chillout music. Though its
potential is great, it's rarely tapped; there are just too many shoddy
compilations being put out by one-off techno label subsidiaries and
the like. Kriztal Records, however, has been a consistent
purveyor of high-quality "electro-lite" - so much so, in
fact, that I hasten to call their music "electro-lite," as
it's frequently quite juicy stuff. It's definitely
lounge music, except it's actually brimming in content.
Bedroom Communities 01. Pillow Talk is no exception.
In fact, it's one of the better compilations that Kriztal has put
out. Based around the theme of "between the sheets
grooves," this disc collects fourteen tracks from fourteen
different artists, all specializing in laidback, smooth rhythms and
simple yet effective melodies.
Hardkandy's "Big Sand," which starts the album
off, is one of its better tracks. Straightforward chillout, with
some pleasant female vocals (think DJ Rap's "Good To Be
Alive"), is what you get, but the real treasure lies in the juicy
guitar hooks that complement the piece's piano chords. Smooth's
"Walking on Space," meanwhile, has a definite Air
vibe, and boasts a melody straight off of A Silver Mt. Zion's
debut album, oddly enough. It is nonetheless a very powerful,
pretty piece, boasting a wonderfully lush feel.
There are, of course, other highlights on this disc. Fort
Knox Five's disco-tinged "Blowin' up the Spot," Mawglee's
blissful "Nouby Rapture," and The Vogado Projects Vol 1
feat. Lucy Gale's joyful "Mas Fuerte Que El Sol" come to
mind. But, for the most part, Pillow Talk is a
consistently solid compilation throughout. For laidback, pretty electronic
music, you can't go wrong here.
[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by Amazon, released 2003]