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|1. Deep in It|
|2. Thank U Mum (4 Everything You Did)|
|3. Street Scene (4 Shazz)|
|4. Easy to Remember|
|5. Sentimental Mood|
|6. What's New?|
|7. Dub Experience II|
|8. Forget It|
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Ludovic Navarre is known the world over as a master of the sophisticated gallic groove, thanks to his brilliant sophomore album on Blue Note in 2000. But Boulevard was the LP that first put him on the musical map. It's essentially a compilation of the three EPs he released during the mid-90s, and its elegant mix of African rhythms, slick jazzuality and deep house grooves presages Tourist by a good five years.
Featuring a host of musicians who add trumpet, sax, flute, piano and percussion, Boulevard begins with the seven-minute "Deep in It"--all floating jazz chords, vibes and warm synths that wrap themselves around a muffled, slick beat. "Thank U Mum" is slightly meatier, fuelled by staccato drum riddims and propelled by a gorgeously bowed bass line that snakes lazily along. This track is a whopping 12 minutes long: St Germain may be a lot of things, but he's not in a hurry.
There's more on here than just elegant deep house though. "Street Scene" rides a low hip-hop beat and conjures up the blaxploitation scenes of 70s flicks with slick jazzfunk grooves, and "Dub Experience 2" does what it says on the tin. The irresistible simplicity with which these tunes are delivered hides the complexity and sophistication of the arrangements and thus makes it entertaining on a few different levels. --Paul Sullivan
Great album by St Germain......bought this album on the strength of listening to the brilliant Tourist album...so glad I did, although not a good as Tourist album imo.... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dinge
Love this album - not "quite" ("" = italics!) as well produced at my other one of his (though still high quality), but it has a great vibe exactly because of that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr_Jezz