Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Spiral System - Be Review

Artist: Spiral System

Title: Be

Label: Interchill

Release Date: 20th June 2013

This is the second album release for London duo Joe Crisp and Cliff Ovenden a.k.a. Spiral System. Not having experienced their debut I could only form my pre-conception on their track “Pascals Journey” featured on Interchill’s recent “Depth Charge” compilation. Now although that was one of my choice tracks from that release I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by what I discovered. I’m more than guilty of playing a lot of instrumental tracks (and there’s a fair few on here) but a few tracks feature the vocals of Lottie Child and they set me in mind of late 90’s lounge such as Groove Armada, Morcheeba and Zero 7 which were thoroughly enjoyable.

This release is definitely one for chilling on a sunny day or “one for the hammock” as I like to say. The album progresses through funky electronics, acoustic lounge, dreamy dub blended with subtle latin rhythms to full on bossa nova employing Stephen and Ivan Hussey from the Urban Soul Orchestra on strings and Rowland Sutherland on flute adds to the overall organic feel of the album. So if like me you thought you hadn’t heard Joe and Cliff’s productions you could well be mistaken as they also run Spiral Music making original media productions for global brands such as Adidas, Nike, Sony and Pringles amongst others. So if you're looking for a chilled summer soundtrack why not give it a listen? Perhaps, like me you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Review by Woodzee.


1 comment:

woodzee said...

I'd completely forgotten about "Elephant" on Interchill's "Gathering the Tribe" compilation when writing this :)