Review: Jack Foley
LONESOME Echo Production is the latest project from Japanese
producer/DJ Yasushi Ide, who has been active in the Japanese music
industry, as a producer, since the early 80s.
It is described as an album of dreamy, spiritual dance music,
that contains elements of everything from house, dub, hip-hop,
Brazilian and Latin, right through to soul and more.
And, for the most part, it is an enticing mix of chillout collaborations
that leave you feeling good without necessarily knowing why.
Things get off to a suitably soulful start with Sweet Dream,
which boasts the presence of ex-Ten City frontman, Bryon Stingily,
whose dripping vocals evoke memories of Zero 7 collaborator, Mozez,
before moving into slightly more uptempo Brazilian territory,
with No Colo Do Mar, a track that contains some impressive
flamenco guitar, as well as some nice violin work from Chieko
A welcome air of familiarity drifts over the reggae makeover
that is given to Bill Withers' classic Aint No Sunshine When
She's Gone, which is only partially successful, while Puerto
Rico's best-known deep house producer, Osunlade, provides the
fender rhodes and vocals for Soul Galactic, but fails to
generate much excitement. The beat is too repetitive and contains
the kind of Ibiza-chilled vibe that is the mainstay of so many
Celebration Dance picks things up a little, though, with
its neatly observed flutes, and a Nightmares on Wax feel, while
the album really comes alive with the star-studded Love,
that succeeds in nailing the New York vibe it is clearly going
in search of - you can almost imagine it playing out to a dimly
lit, smoke-filled jazz club at a little after midnight.
Love contains some really sexy saxophone from the legendary
Pharoah Sanders and Lonnie Liston Smith, which perfectly compliments
the smooth spoken word lyrics of New York jazz rap poet, Apani,
and the well-observed samples of Dj Spinna.
It is, like its name suggests, difficult not to fall in love
with and sets an impossible standard which the rest of the album
simply cannot match.
Elsewhere, there is the Jamaican dub of Spirit of the Drums,
featuring the prophet, Matabaruka, or the sweaty Latino vibe of
bonus track, Gone With The Wind, to get dancing to, but
nothing comes close to the memory of Love.
Had the rest of the album done so, we would have been raving
about a classic, but as it is, Lonesome Echo does just enough
to justify an encore, while broadening anyone's musical sensibilities.
It is, in short, a really smooth groove for the late-night chillout
1. Sweet Dream - Feat. Byron Stingily
2. No Colo Do Mar - Feat. Liliana Chachian
3. Aint No Sunshine - Feat. Ken Boothe & U-Roy
4. Soul Galactic - Feat.Osunlade
5. Celebration Dance - Feat. Nana Vasconcelos
6. Love - Feat. Pharoah Sanders, Apani, Lonnie Liston Smith &
7. Spirit Of Drums - Feat. Mutabaruka
8. Wishing On A Star - Feat. Sara Divine & Lonnie Liston Smith
9. Sweet Dream (Lonesome Echo Strings Version)
10. Gone With The Wind - Feat. Hanako Kimura (Bonus Track)