Moonbeam presents: Space Odyssey – Album Review
Written by Michael
September 21, 2010 10:06 am
In short: It’s extremely difficult to sum up this album but what it does is act as a demonstration almost of simply put, the finest electronica you’re ever likely to hear. Cinematic, spacious, wholesome, wondrous, intense but accessible, Space Odyssey is a fine accomplishment that could be enjoyed by anyone.
We’ve already giving two of Moonbeams single releases this year outstanding reviews, we’ve felt that the level of artistic licence displayed was second to none whilst at the same time maintaining a perfect equilibrium with the creation of flowing, spine tingling music. So it was with a high level of expectation and anticipation that the plastic sleeve of the album was ripped off and CD1, “Ninjavel” eagerly slapped into the boom-box and the play button given a thorough poke.
The track selection already suggests something bordering on the line between absurdity and virtuoso genius, with superstars such as Tiësto, Deadmau5 and The Crystal Method alongside relative unknowns such as Tvardovsky, Sound Quelle and Freddyslav. Opening track Doors Opened Inside (Special Venus Mix) by Avis Vox is a great opener. Listening to it feels like a set of mammoth wooden doors are being slowly opened, bringing with it the expected onslaught of mythological magic and eargasmic explosions. Straight into Love Comes Again by arguably the biggest DJ in history Tiësto and immediately we have a hands in the air moment. The mix of the track is by Moonbeam themselves, and it is simply superb, there’s no other way of putting it.
A remix of Nic Chagall’s Morning Light then takes the reins providing plenty more energy and spine chills. The devastating hook is so spine tingling I’m not sure I’ve been this excited since I touched a pair of breasts…perhaps a slight exaggeration there but pumped explosively into a stuffed club it’s not difficult to see why this track received such enamoured acclaim as a hand-raiser. Perfect Moon by Marsbeing and Ange is equally salacious in its appeal, the soft, sexy vocal hooks and popping hooks creating a unique atmosphere of indulgence and energy.
Enjoy the Silence by Memento, featuring the vocals of Ken Spector, is a great little vocal ensemble. Spectors’ vocals have an almost 80’s, disco feel to them but none of the sophistication is removed. The Mossy Remix of The Ashes of our Dreams by Plato with Jette Von Roth then brings things down a notch or few, the track creates a soft but vibrant rhythmic aurora that captivates your senses.
CD2 again has an excellent opener, this time Walking on Fire by Andrew Salsano & JF Sebastian Featuring Jayn Hanna, the dreaming vocals adding a totally unique dimension to the flavour of the compilation. Moonbeams own Song For A Girl (Moguai Remix) again also features out-there vocals, the accompanying percussion creating a serious but passionate mood. The build up is spectacular to say the least but manages to be totally unique at the same time. There’s something to be said for the style of music going on here, it is completely cinematic and feels wholesome and appealing in a way so much other dance music can’t, in a similar vain to Hybrid.
That feel is continued this time in an almost tribal manner with Guru by the acclaimed Rosie Romero. Her vocals are, as with most on this album, gorgeous, sultry and a pleasure to listen to. So much so, we almost put the track on repeat. But that would have been to starve us of the wonders of tracks such as I Can Describe (DP-6 Remix) by Spectro, Clockwork (Robbie Rivera Juicy Ibiza Edit) by Deadmau5 and Jolly Is Upstairs by Freska.
It’s extremely difficult to sum up this album but what it does is act as a demonstration almost of simply put, the finest electronica you’re ever likely to hear. Cinematic, spacious, wholesome, wondrous, intense but accessible, Space Odyssey is a fine accomplishment that could be enjoyed by anyone. It’s also worth noting that the mixing is spot on, Moonbeam have judged perfectly time and time again when to cut, when to fade, and when to drop. As with Dave Seamans Global Underground Lithuania, there is simply too much wholesome goodness here to give every track a lowdown, it really is something you’re just going to have to take our word for and enjoy yourself. I really genuinely would have a much better time, and I think most people would, if the vast majority of clubs whacked on a compilation in similar vain to this then putting dodgy Disco Dave and his Naughties RNB collection on the decks. If only…