Café del Mar Terrace Mix continues its successful story with another great selection of 13 titles, carefully compiled by Toni Simonen Toni Simonen latest Terrace Mix instalment shows a mesmerising melange of rhythms, timbres and tunes, with 13 new exclusive tracks from the leading names in Downtempo. It combines an aesthetically accomplished sound with extensive production know-how, creating state-of-the-art sound design in a lively groove. New material from Moby, "A Long Time" has an insistent, kind of dejected chug, and it brings us one of his most powerful work in several years.
Café del Mar Dreams continues its successful story with another great selection of 13 titles, carefully compiled by Toni Simonen Café del Mar Dreams 6 continues a series that was established in 2000, which explores the more ambient sound of Café del Mar. The album features fantastic new tracks from artists like Bliss, Amanaska, Afterlife and Chris Coco. Nearly all tracks on the album are exclusive.
The premier purveyors of Ibiza comedown have selected two dozen tracks of laid-back, cozily experimental music to help celebrate their 20th anniversary, and while it at times feels ungainly, it never seems too scripted. The first disc has Amalagation of Soundz creating a rustic drum'n'bass mantra ("Enchant Me"), Moodrama mixing tribal beats with flitters of jazz (the appropriately titled "Jazz Tip"), and even Deep & Wide constructing a gorgeously subtle native twinkle along the lines of Dario G's "Voices." The other disc tends to go for the more celestial (Jean Michel Jarre, Jon & Vangelis) or the post-sunset reawakening (Foundland, Christian Alvad), but begins to sag with the drugged-out self-importance of a born-again hippy. Luckily, with so many tracks on offer, it's easy to sift out the treasures. This is a fine, calming collection of indigenous, open-door attitude.
2012 two CD release, the 18th installment in this popular chill-out series. Volume 18 is collaboration with the leading artists that have played a major role in the history of Cafe del Mar and shaped the chill-out music culture over the years. 20 of the tracks are especially composed for this project, which encapsulate the original spirit of Caf‚ del Mar. Volume 18 sees the return of many iconic artists such as Afterlife, Moby, Chicane, Bent and Underworld back to the series. Compiled by Toni Simonen, the album comes in a high quality embossed gatefold digipak format.
There can only be one Chill Out and Lounge Compilation Series being the Market Leader and it certainly is the Café del Mar Series! There have since been many imitators, but only one true Café del Mar. No other album will reaffirm further this very simple statement than Volume 20 including exclusive tracks from Nightmares On Wax, Goldfrapp, Thievery Corporation, Rae & Christian , Penguin Café, Moby, M83, Morcheeba, Boards of Canada.