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A dance album that works as an album,
This review is from: Back 2 Back Sessions, Vol. 1 (Audio CD)
This is deep house/tech house territory, but there is more detail and emotion here than you except. Ion draws on a wide range of influences, constructing an album that is both eclectic and coherent. From the head-knodding balearic rhythms of 'Blue Sky' to the swollen ambience of 'Iris', this is an album designed for relaxed, poolside dreaming or reflection.
That is not to say that the album contains many new sounds or is wildly inventive. There is nothing here that will leap out to surprise you and everything is familiar. But Ion's strength is in his objective selection of the right sounds and intelligent interweaving of melodies and rhythms. It is a music that unfolds at its own, modulated pace: 'Pharos' begins with hollow african drums and phased-out synths, before a jazzy sax line floats over the top and gently soothing vocals pour in.
As part of Klik records' growing roster of artists, Ion has produced an album that is perfect for summer-listening, but also a nuanced composition that reveals depths. Like so many other works in Klik, the music of this album begins with bouncy uptempo rhythms and melodies and just gets deeper and deeper. Witness 'Chicago skyline' and its funky bassline that gradually absorbs the sequenced melodies as they rattle from left to right. Then the found sounds of 'Yesterday I used your hair balsam' and the dubby chasms of 'Time Flies Like a Ghost'.
This is every inch a contemplative dance album. Anyone who wants to find a chillout album that manages to sidestep the usual cliches and keep the good aspects, may well enjoy this.