Nathan Haines, longtime member of the Restless Soul posse, drops his solo debut, Sound Travels, and true to the lyrics of the track "Long..." -- it's been a long time. Thoroughly infused with soul and bursting with energy, this album marks Haines as an electronic musician in his own right. His breaks are tight and complement the main themes of his music well. But Haines isn't afraid to break out of those strictures, either: "Impossible Beauty" is a late-night jazz torch song that sounds like it came straight from the 1920s, while "Honeycomb" is a Latin-tinged dub track. Obviously, the standout track is the sublime "Earth is the Place," with its enchanting vocals and solid groove, but "Believe" comes a close second runner-up with its uplifting message. A beautiful album all around, so pack your bags!