If your favourite bits of Moon Safari were the spaced out instrumentals, then this album is absolutely essential. In turns ambient, jazzy and dreamlike, this is music to kick back and drift off to.
As a compilation of pre-Moon Safari material, this hints at the wonders to come, literally in the coda to 'Les Professionels', which was so good they turned it into 'All I Need'. And the gallic film soundtrack atmosphere is a clear precursor to the equally rewarding 'Virgin Suicides OST'.
'Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi' is the beguiling and sun drenched centrepiece, which deserves to be on everyone's personal summer mixtape. Or winter one for that matter. It evokes the hazy air of a summer day perfectly. (You even get the video as a multimedia bonus.)
The 2 bonus tracks not on the original release don't quite fit in with the mood of the rest of the album, but are pleasant enough in their own right, but they don't really stand comparison with the quality of the preceding 5 tracks. Which is about the only thing wrong with this release. And why buy the Limited Edition version? Well, you get the funky sliding retro sleeve, so you can create you own psychedelic patterns with the dots as you listen to the music. Those Air boys think of everything!