By DJ Michael
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“Why Poolside?” you might be asking. Just press click and download and you’ll know.
Crash out on your lounger, put the bottle of iced liquid just within reach, feel the sun caressing your shoulders and open your mood to this different take on music created for complete bliss-out, courtesy of the team at lustralboy.
Okay, its “Poolside” because it was conceived, discussed, developed, reviewed and first played at the Theoule-sur-Mer poolside of lustralboy co-founder and muso, DJ Michael.
Bored with the cheesy chill of Ibiza and the limpid lounge of everywhere else, he felt that the moment called for a more contemporary, more global, more timeless, less predictable compilation series.
He scrolled through his ipods, drew up longlists, reduced them to shortlists, imagined a narrative, mixed a first draft, fiddled a bit and here it is. Yes, the Poolside has a sea view but we’re a long way from any Cafe del Mar.
Iconic electro magicians, Underworld, open the set with the haunting “Tongue”, followed by chill-out heavyweights Zero 7 at their most thoughtful with “Truth + Rights.” The loveliness sweeps suavely onto the hip-hop tinged “Axe Puzzles” (Instrumental) by Quasimodo and so smooth Groove Armada’s “Dusk You and Me.” A Japanese vibe snakes in with “Kya” from Masuda, smoothly engulfed by Air’s “Lost in Kyoto.”
Photek finds a so entrancing groove with “124” before Future Sounds of London weave a web of mystery with “Her Face Forms in Summer.” Chicane then take us “Offshore” on the way to “Tranquility” from Aquasky, all of which can only lead to a sweetly mixed trio of drum and base classics, Omni Trio’s “Skeleton Keys”, LTJ Bukem’s “Horizons” and Goldie’s jungle-touched “Inner City Life.”
A brief ambient moment, Morita, from Mokoto, introduces, guess who…………Lustral with their mesmerizing “Every Time I see YourFace.” Yes, it’s sheer “Pleasure”, in the skillful hands of Benga before the party mood sneaks up on the poolside and carries us away to the sounds of Chromeo’s “Night by Night.”
Maybe the party mood will carry us all the way to the beach. If so, will there be a Beachside Mix to work its magic too? You bet there will!
Thanks go to the artists for their creativity, to DJ Michael for his track selection and to collaborator, DJ Songod, for the seamless mix.
1 - Tongue - Underworld
2 - Truth and Rights - Zero 7
3 - Axe Puzzles (Instrumental) - Quasimodo
4 - Dusk You and Me- Groove Armada
5 - Kyo - Masuda
6 - Alone in Kyoto - Air
7 - 124 - Photek
8 - Her Face Forms In Summertime- Future Sound Of London
9 - Offshore - Chicane
10 - Tranquility - Aquasky
11 - Skeleton Keys (Omni Trio Remix) - Omni Trio
12 - Horizons - LTJ Bukem
13 - Inner City Life - Goldie
14 - Morita - Mayoto
15 - Everytime (Red Jerry Mix) - Lustral
16 - Pleasure - Benga
17 - Night By Night - Chromeo
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