Now, I told you many times that your sets are very inspirational - however this time I felt that it was a bit off-putting. You just keep coming out with all these brilliant sets and it just makes me wonder how you do it and how I could ever keep up or achieve anything similar to this!
You know what they say about quantity and quality - now that just does not apply to you! Two superb releases at the same time, well, it must have been the summer vacation, but still... This one I like a lot since it's full of tracks where I just scratch my head and ask "where does he get these ones? where does he find all these???"
Great intro with sound effects, I love when someone pays attention to the intro. The bluesey track is just pure joy - what a great atmosphere! All together this is what I like in this set, it's not a single genre, there's subtle influences from here and there, trip-hop, smooth jazz, not just chill and downtempo.
La Caina is a bit like Zero 7 for me, great - even Ohm Guru too. There is a key clash between these two (2 and 3) - sorry, had to notice as a harmonic mixing champ :-) However it is not annoying, I'm not all about harmonic mixing, disharmony has its place to create a certain mood and it can be used musically (if it's not overused it is quite stylish and effective).
The groove for Track 6 (Soel) reminds me of a 9 Lazy 9 song or someting along those lines, Hedfunk or one of the similar Ninja Tune artists from late 90s (maybe Funki Porcini) - you might know what I mean.
Track 8 is my fav from here, well, the jazz guitar. The vibes and chords underneath remind me of St. Germain's "Sure Thing" from the Tourist album, there were quite a few tracks sampling or using those chords. Track 9 goeas on with the jazzy feel, bit more chillout, guitar comes in (like a modern Ronny Jordan...)
I very much like your effective transitions here, like from 8 to 9, it's short, quick but precise, all volume levels are matched and the momentum is kept. I noticed that you do it all the way through, I myself call it "momentum-mixing", no need to blend beats and run them together when a quick cut over or a short mix will do. Track 9 to 10 is the same, great stuff! You're becoming a Meister of Mixmeister! (not just Loungemeister)
Yeah, Track 11 is tops! (I liked how Lychee avoided saying "I love Track 11"
It's really digging deep - a typical "Nu Dawn Session" song for me.
And then Track 12! To be honest I haven't even noticed the transition - you have such a great flow, I thought it was still Track 11 - I just got lost in this mesmerizing tune, very dreamy, like a lullaby - I see why Sabs liked it, her latest chill set was very similar. It is incredible... I was just about to say that the set is getting a bit too ambient for me (I know, I know, the usual excuse I say) but I had to change my mind since I'm rather speechless, it is so wonderful. And the percussions are still there to keep the groove.
Getting back to the transitions - the way you do it should be taught, it is textbook brilliance. Track 11 to 12 like Lychee said is amazing - since it is so simple, quick but unnoticeable, just flows. I'm pretty sure you do key detection for this, I need to have a chat with you about your mixing workflow.
Same at transitioning to Track 13 - pure elegance. The scratching was a good surprise for me.
Well, what can I say? I'm just wondering how much _you_ have enjoyed putting this together if I enjoyed it so much. Hall of fame - Lounge hall of fame...