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Soundtrack for Life (Vinyl) Import

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1. Baghdad Cafe (Callin' U)
2. Raw Emotions
3. My Planet Rocks
4. Synchronicity
5. Near or Far
6. Pluto
7. Oceans Between Us
8. Soundtrack 4 Life
9. Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days
10. Taxi Blues
11. Nice to See You Again
12. When I Fall in Love
13. You Make Me Feel Like (Peace and Love and Happiness)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pure and honest electronic music from a superb talent.... Nov. 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you;ve seen the timeless classic Baghdad Cafe, directed by German left of center motion picture visionary, Percy Adlon you will instantly recognize the lead track (of the same name) on this stunning debut from Axus. With the vocals performed by Naomi Nisombi comes the same wonderful sense of freedom and liberty found in Adlon's masterpiece . The freedom to impress is certainly an imperative for A:xus (real name Austin Bascom, alias Abacus) who incorporates everything from deep house to downtempo to drum and bass with even a splash of Detroitish t echno on this smahing new release from Guidance. "My Planet Rocks" and "Pluto" represent Detroit with their stark Motor city beats and surreal chord washes. "Near or Far" incorporates the most beautiful vocals from Rosina and while essentially beatless would provide the perfect set starters. "Oceans between us" could have been produced by LTJ Bukem, while the title track is a clever melange of saved voicemail messages and shadowy abstract hip hop percussion. Pure and honest electronic music from a superbly talented artist-another classic from Chi-town's cutting edge Guidance. -XlR8R.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Altogether an impressive debut... Nov. 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The long awaited debut set from Austin "A:xus" Bascom finally arrives from Chicago's highly productive Guidance Recordings. "Soundtrack To Life" fuses all the best parts of deep house with tinges of jazz, funk, ambient and garage to very good effect on vocal cut "Bagdad Café (Callin' U)" which features the vox of Namoi N'Sembi, you become enthralled by the warm creativity of this guy - who made his name with the production outfit A'ba-cus.Tunes such as "Raw Emotions", "Near Or Far", "Taxi Blues" and "Synchronicity" are all superb deep house grooves while Namoi N'Sembi again lends her tonsils on "Nice To See You Again" and the excellent "You Make Me Feel Like (Peace, Love & Happiness)" while the Nat King Cole penned "When I Fall In Love" works very well with a gorgeous vocal from Bratticus. Altogether an impressive debut, but typical of the quality to expect from Guidance Recordings. -Blues and Soul, London.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
soulful house with strong vocal performances May 9 2000
By R Diaz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On this CD, it seems like A:XUS is at a crossroads; his instrumental pieces, usually lush long-note keyboards with a variety of beats are solid but rarely spectacular. The fully developed 3-4 songs on this disc, however, are finely crafted and showcase his best efforts.
The CD starts of with Baghdad Cafe, arguably the best song on the disc. It then dips for "Raw Emotions" a respectable house number, and "My Planet Rocks" a swirly smooth electro piece. "Synchronicity" is a bubble beat over smooth strings, and then the CD rises again with the winsome vocals of "Near or Far". "Pluto" and "Oceans Between us are the same isntrumental styles with varying beats- some crisp, some like drum and bass. "Soundtrack for Life" is disposable, a soundtrack to voicemail. Later on the disc picks up with the "Nice to See HYou Again" and the brightest track "When I fall in Love".
This disc is a solid, soothing listen with few missteps, but it's the songs you'll favor over the instrumentals. Still, I'd recommend it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good mix of everything but not stellar March 29 2000
By kankan - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If most of the other songs of the cd were like "Baghdad Cafe" and "When I fall in love" I'd give it 5 stars. Individually, most of the songs were ok but it didn't flow together. The previous songs led me to believe that the whole cd was filled with a soulful, lush sound. "When I fall in love" is mindblowing but if you can find that on LP - just get that.
Most of the other songs were electronic beats which are fine but they fail to create any transcendent feeling. They just aren't as original or as effectual as the editor claimed. I got -Soundtrack for Life- for the vocals: Naomi and Bratticus. Try Fila Brazillia instead, its layers of funky, jazzy beats background are *amazing*.
Despite that, its a good CD to have on and perhaps after a couple of plays it could grow on you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sincere Feb. 19 2005
By Daryl Frasch - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What a lovely debut into the dance scene. Taking African drum beats, house music, dance and soft voals, Austin "A;xus" Bascom has releaed one of the most sincere club-laden records in decades. Essential for house fans and DJs alike, "Soundtrack For Life" is the only dance recording that can fit in the home and at the clubs.

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