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3.5 stars for sugary-sweet vocal house and disco,
This review is from: Beach House 04.02 (Audio CD)
What is it?
Deep, sugary-sweet vocal house on one disc, disco on the other, all in unmixed form for this, the third installment of increasingly-prolific label Hed Kandi’s most popular series Beach House.
Good concept and all, but where’s the sand? Most of the material locks the Latin percussion away for romantic nighttime tunes (Miguel Migs “Brand new Day,” Julius Papp “A Thousand Years”) certainly not aimed for friendly loafing on an afternoon. That leaves Malena, DJ Chus, an aptly named Holder classic “Summer Daze,” and the vibrant Ibadan mix of rain-on-my-parade queen Beth Orton’s “Central Reservation” to carry the concept – tunes that have traveled everywhere for three years now.
There’s still some delectable cuts here. Ashley Beedle of X-press 2 fame irons out the jilting tempo of Bent’s original “Always” for a piano-led anthem floating a beguiling old-record vocal. Which makes up for his cack “Lazy.” Meanwhile Lazy Grace cover a song correctly, as the Bee Gees’ “How Deep is Your Love” receives the dancing queen treatment to wondrous effect. Jon Cutler’s relaxed “You Groove Me” has the hook you’ll remember most when it’s all done, while Octave One’s “Blackwater” is indeed, the strings-techno uplifting jewel worthy of the 2002 buzz.
Like all the rest of Hed Kandi’s releases, there’s a handful of must-haves, some duds, and a large middle range of pleasant-enough goodies. Beach House may not meet its intended concept, but the music carries this through for a worthy release.