Hello again… again. Renowned techno mastermind John Beltran presents Sol Set once more. The genre bending collective, are letting go of the reigns of their debut album 'Olá de Novo', (which translates to the Portuguese as ‘Hi again’) and collaborating with a handful of well accredited artists, to take what was already an amazing record, a level up.
Sol Set are a collective from Detroit created by John Beltran and Shane Donnelly. Their debut album 'Olá de Novo' released in July earlier this year is a summer lovin', piña-colada sippin' record, which will strip your sorrows away. Its club tropicana vibes are something you think couldn’t get groovier, however with layers and layers of expertise, this remix album does exactly that.
The album is a holy trinity of dance music, with Latin, electronic and funky beats throughout there is absolutely no intention of providing a static listening experience.
Collaborating with the likes of Kiko Navarro, Kaidi Tatham, Blair Frech, Ezel, Cee ElAssaad, Chris Coco and John Beltran with John Arnold, who each put their original spins on the albums track list, you are left with an illuminating listening experience.
'Bliss Mode' is the 2nd track of the remix album and is a theatrical, funk-bop. Collaborating with producer Kaidi Tatham, his soft groovy jazz tones that marked him ‘the Herbie Hancock of the UK’ are felt instantly. If you haven’t already been lured onto the dance floor with the intro track of the album ‘Aztec’, then this track will certainly get you moving. With a deep wobbly bass throughout, overlaying with the soft vocals of Jeremy Ellis (aka Ayro) telling you to ‘get up and dance’ the campy track, acts like a fairy god mother, painting a perfect picture and guiding the listener to Bliss.
Kaidi Tatham doesn’t do anything drastic with his remix, the original track is still respected entirely. What he does is simply contribute his musical prowess onto an already great track. Reflected in the differences between the two albums artworks, he has, in essence, simply outlined the original print with a bolder line, added some colour, some shading, keeping the picture the same but making it difficult to go back to the original without feeling that you are missing something.
The collaboration between these two producers is a strange one, not having an obvious common thread, the Latin tones of the tune act as a mediator between the more electronic Beltran and more smooth Jazz of Tatham. Creating a fun, lighthearted production for everyone to enjoy.
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