Mark Doyles Hed Kandi empire has grown that big he's got sister labels such as Stereo Sushi, The Acid Lounge and Base Ibiza. For Es Vive Ibiza the sound is chilled , soulful , deep house and laid back grooves with sprinkings of Balaeric stardust, as the title says real poolside listening .The selection varies from sultry soulful rhythms on disc 1 to a more mid tempoe classy shufflers on disc 2. It's good to here the up tempoe dance mix of the jazzy Brazilian Los Ladrones also Solu , Onda Music, Miguel Migs and Black Science Orchestra are just a few on this impressive mid summer soulful laid back house collection, which lies somewhere between Stereo Sushi 2 Deeper 1 and Serve Chilled and in content is a perfect chill out soundtrack to your summer early evening or late night get togethers,Es Vive Ibiza makes up for the Serve Chilled 4 which was never released. Unfortunately this superior album has been overshadowed by the Hed Kandi release of Beach House 3 which in my opinion is a weeker selection of summer grooves but due to excessive advertising has overshadowed this. Do give this one a listen it's been constantly on my deck and I'm sure even in the bleakest winter days will bring memories of the summer.
Amazing, incredible, Smooth - These words are good but they just don't capture the vibe of Es Vive. 'Chilled and Funky Poolside Lounging' - Now there is a term that really paints the right picture. From the very first bars of 'Can't they be good' by Fenomenon' - you are given that rare quality-chilled vibe and this continues through the next 4 tracks (including At Night - Shakedown mix & READY by Charles Webster - WOW!!) The production this compilation is of a very high standard. Then it gently gets funkier and funkier until Soulweekender. CD 1 is a triumph and easily stands on its own. CD2 starts where CD1 left off. Again this is excellent - Happiness if free - Onda Music. The tempo is kept up for the next 4 tracks. What's On your mind by Mr. O is a SPECIAL number and funky in the extreme without being hard. (remember we are poolside lounging here) From here the funk remains but it gets gentler and mellower Track after track - chilled and funky. Amazing. Till you are hit with the intro to Twisted by the pool - FAC 15. At the end of this track there is only one thing to do - Find CD1 and put it right back on. There are numerous IBIZA chill albums out there and it is hard to choose and you have to beware of fakes with nice CD covers. This is one designed to reflect the mood of a particularly chilled place. It is selected by Mark Doyle who has a GREAT track record doing this. The tracks perpetuate the mood. Do not be deceived - don't fall for cheaper (or more expensive imitations) GET Es Vive!! I have given this as a present several times and have recommended it to friends who have bought it - ALL have thanked me afterwards and are amazed that so much quality music is to be found in one package. Buy it - find some sun and a pool (simulate if you must) and ENJOY some 'Poolside Lounging'. If you like this - try Winter Chill 4, and Es Vive Ibiza 2003
Well worth the investment in this albumn. Both CD's will be listenable for at least another couple of summers, took this to Ibiza Town this year and is a perfect accompaniment to that come down moment on the balcony of the apartments with a smoke. BUY ~IT