Various Artists - A Slice Of Paradise Vol.1Fusionova021 Records
Inspired by the parties held at beach bar Xiringuito in Playa Del Postiguet, Alicante, Spain, this 5 CD package features mixes from a selection of DJs who have graced it's decks. With offerings from Biggabush, Nick Matthews, Gav Smith, Ben Mono and resident (and the man behind Fusionova021 Records) Enrique Domenech, you know this is going to be tasty. Nick Matthews' selection features the Yam Who? remixes of Alison Crockett's 'UR' and Amp Fiddler's 'Dreamin' along with the brilliant 'Nocturne' from David Borsu and Sidewinder's 'The Adventure [Version #2]'. Intuit's 'Crianca Das Ondas', Mojo Project's 'Where Is The Butterfly [Break Reform Mix]' and Break Reform's own 'Medusa [Dynamic Syncopation Mix]' turn up on Enrique's mix. It's the Gav Smith disc which is my favourite though, with tracks from his own Pantone label like Jazztronik's 'Froro' and 'In The Morning' by Jafrosax feat Vikter Duplaix. There's also the Spiritual South mixes of Paul Murphy's 'Jazz Room' and 'Veja O Sol' from A Bossa Electrica, plus Antonio Ocasio's 'Blessed'. I've never been to Xiringuito but if this is the sort of stuff they're playing then I think I need to pay a visit and taste a slice of paradise for myself.
Andy Allen, 10/05