"Ocean Drive: The Collection Volume I" CD
Genres: chillout, electronica, lounge
15982 NW 48th Avenue
Miami FL 33014
Feb 16 - 22 2004
Ocean Drive is a co-release between Miami chillout label
Kriztal and popular fashion/lifestyle magazine Ocean
Drive. Its fourteen stylish tunes are very atmospheric, relaxing
numbers - more melodic than some of the boring lounge music out there
- and they succeed in being quite smooth sounding. And though these types of
compilations are literally a dime a dozen, Ocean Drive actually
manages to stick out; for chillout enthusiasts, this disc is
definitely worth more than a look.
The best aspect of Ocean Drive is its variety - it brings
distinct but remarkably well-blended tunes. Though most of these
tracks follow the same jazzy, smooth formula, there's plenty of
variety to be enjoyed. For example, De-Phazz's crisp
"The Mambo Craze," filled with juicy horns and powerful
female vocals, seems very different from Steve Austeen's
laidback, reggae-tinged "Please Lord" - but somehow they fit
together perfectly side by side. Other impressive songs include Deela's
melodically intriguing "African Chant" and Minus 8's
lovely "The Sun," which boasts a nice vocal chorus and some
beautiful guitar hooks.
Put simply, Ocean Drive is one of the best chillout
compilations I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
Although many hate the genre with a passion, those into the style will
find lots to like here.
[Vitals: 14 tracks, distributed by the
label, released 2003]