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Es Vive vibe bottled,
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This review is from: Fierce Angel Presents: Es Vive Ibiza, 10th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)
This is such a good album it's a far superior compilation to anything that Hed Kandi have put out recently. It shimmers from the very beginning with a cool Ibiza beach side vibe and very laid back sounds accompanied by some very smooth vocal arrangements. I particularly loved Cathi O's bitter sweet 'Twisted by the pool' on CD one which just gets better with tracks like Afterlife Featuring Kathy lloyd's 'Cry' which seamlessly goes into the sublime 'Fall into my heart' by Bonnie Bailey.
The beats are ramped up a notch on CD two blasting off with the CD's outstanding track 'What's the Point' infectiously leading the way into big pumping bass lines, house piano hooks and some ballsy vocals by Hed Kandi stalwards Soraya Vivian and Angie Brown, paving the way for Ultra Nate's disco diva-ish 'Turn it up'. The problem is after two CD's of such astounding quality it is hard to sustain that level and so CD three prove's. There are some good tracks but the sounds are a little esoteric and disonant which cause an uneven listening experience 'To echo the madness' as Mark Doyle states. But purely based on the first Two CD's I can't recommend this compilation highly enough. I stayed a stone's throw from Es Vive Hotel and it always looked like a hip place to hang out in the day and somehow they have managed to capture that spirit on this release. If you love house beats and chilled sounds Es Vive is a must.