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V/A - Universal Sunset Compiled by Pathaan

Morpheus Music
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Posted : Jul 8, 2005 15:36
Light beats 'journeying from downtempo through to dancefloor', easy beats and global flavours characterise this eclectic mix brought together by renowned world-dance DJ Pathaan. Opening with the superbly chilled B-Tribe version of Marley's classic 'Sun Is Shining', with flamenco guitars and soft pianos - Pathaan presents CD 1 under the umbrella of 'Sunset' and CD 2 under 'Sunrise' as he has done on previous instalments: Indian Sunset and Global Sunset. The source material really is quite varied across this pair of discs - we have Ikarus' rock edged ethno-electronica, the cool lounge vibes of Jeff Bennett's Lounge Experience, Thievery Corporation's Latin tinted 'Exilio' and some downtempo reggae influenced sounds in Deep Dive Corporation's take on the universally known 'Summertime' with prominent electric guitar and brass lead. Disc two lines up Heather Nova, Depeche Mode, Shpongle and Baaba Maal in a similar disregard for established genres ... nonetheless, this collection works surprisingly well (but then a professional DJ would know that).

Varied and wide-ranging - strung together with a relaxed mood and a casual lounge attitude. World vocals and English language singing take equal importance throughout - sounding like the sort of mix you'd hear on one evening at an exotic cocktail bar. Indeed Universal Sunset feels like a trip through tropical clubs and bars, lingering a while on an open air dancefloor - we have Uptown Connection's breakbeat sound via Africa, Rachid Taha's middle-eastern oriented 'Rock El Casbah' and Aphex Twin's suitably titled 'Analogue Bubblebath 1'.

The promo copy I have of this album has a warm sunset image on the front with an incandescent glow suffusing sea and sand. A promotional sticker proclaims some of the more well known names and the title sits above a legend indicating the eclectic nature of the mix. Sunrise and Sunset sections on the rear list all tracks alongside a few words on the nature of each.

If you have an open mind and don't mind your music taking some wildly unexpected turns - Universal Sunset presents for your listening delight a cool collection of names both familiar across the globe and relatively unheard of. I suspect some might find the scope of the two discs a little broad, but this is bright feel-good holiday music, nothing too heavy weight or demanding (if you'd prefer something a little more focussed Pathaan's other current release Tandava might suit).

Tropical twilight dreamers will enjoy this mix - Pathaan lays down such a wide selection of tunes that something will surely appeal to everyone here. This is a genre spanning release that builds on the earlier 'Sunset' albums ... if you enjoyed those, you'll know what to expect.

morpheusmusic           MORPHEUS MUSIC
*Karma Cola*
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Posted : Jul 8, 2005 20:00
Hey.. Nice way of reviewing it.

Big fan of Pathaan's earlier stuff and the Stoned Asia series.

Sounds promising , and ur right he has no regard for established genres..           ~*** You can tell By the way i use my walk, Im a woman's man, No time to Talk***~
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