Artist: Spiral System
Release Date: 20th June 2013
This is the second album release for
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. London
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.