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Better than volume VI,
Chillout music nowadays is a dime a dozen. Most of what I have heard (Ultra Chilled, Ultimate Chillout, etc...etc...) are predictable. My favorite chillout series is Buddha Bar. Inspired by the European bar/nightclub of the same name, Buddha Bar has provided this music lover a soundtrack to my weekends.
I must admit that I wasn't impressed by the last volume in the Buddha Bar series after I heard a sampler of volume 6. I like Ravin's work on the Siddharta series but I felt his work on "Buddha Bar VI" lacked the same magic of its predecessors. Maybe because I felt that Ravin focused a bit more on Indian influences and not other forms of Asian-influenced music which Dave did on volumes 4 and 5. My favorite volumes were mixed by Claude Challe (volume 1) and Dave Visan (volumes 4 & 5). I was thrilled to say the very least when I saw that Dave Visan was going to mix volume 7 along with Ravin.
Like the other Buddha Bar cds, "Buddha Bar 7" is split into two cds. This time disc one is called Sarod and the second cd is Sarangi. The first disc is usually, if not always mellow while the second disc contains more upbeat, dance-orientated songs. "Buddha Bar 7" is perhaps the most diverse compilation in the series so far. The influences ranges from Brazilian to Vietnamese on the Sarod disc. Beautiful songs. I felt like I was transported to another country. The Sarangi disc is very interesting. I thought it was as good as the Sarod disc. There are some really tasty jams on disc two such as Ryukyu Underground's "Mo 'Ashibi" (Jason Bentley remix) and Supervielle's "Perfume" (remixed by Campo). The music has a good house beat. Normally I usually find the first disc slightly more interesting but in this case, I think both discs are excellent. The mixing is on both cds are masterfully done by Ravin and Dave Visan. They flow together harmoniously from one song into the next song. Most chillout compilations are either not mixed or mixed well. The Buddha Bar series are mixed to sound like you were at the famous Parisian bar/nightclub.
It is rare for me to be willing to shell out more than $20 for one cd/compilation but in the case of the Buddha Bar series, I feel I get my money's worth. The quality is vastly superior than any chillout compilations that I have heard and makes buying these cds a worthy investments but you have to be willing to spend that kind of money on these cds like I am. There are a lot of Buddha Bar knock-offs on the market today that are cheaper but they can't compare to the mother of ethnic chillout music otherwise known as "Buddha Bar".