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|2. Carnaval De Paris|
|5. Be My Friend|
|9. Voices (Acoustic Version)|
|10. End Of The Beginning|
Warner Music. 1998.
Sunmachine is an interesting mix; interesting because it's about equal parts appealing and forgettable. "Sunchyme," which opens and closes the CD, sounds rather like something you'd hear in a dance club, only more cheerful, and "Carnaval de Paris" contains some odd juxtapositions (did I hear bagpipes in there?). The oddly titled "Be My Friend" has some vaguely Middle Eastern touches, and "Malaway" is based around something that may or may not be a didjeridu. However, if one of your criteria for music is that you remember it after the CD's stopped playing, you'll probably want to give Sunmachine a miss. While a pleasant listen, not much of it is memorable. --Genevieve Williams
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Sunchyme- A track that certainly lives up to its name while setting the pace for the entire album. A bright house gem built around a sample from The Dream Academy's "Life in A Northern Town"
Carnival De Paris- Quite perhaps the most unusual House song ever produced. Whoever heard of using bagpipes in a dance song? An uplifting charmer one might use to cover an international competition (oh wait it was).
Sunmachine- This song takes a stab at making David Bowie's "Memory of a Free Festival" from Space Oddity a bit more..um memorable and succeeds. Bowie liked the song so much he gave the band the original demo of the song to sample. Add to that a piano, organ and a flute(played by Bowie's producer no less) and you have a track that's not only memoorable but 50 times better than the original Bowie record.
Voices- Possibly the only redeeming quality about the Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach. A beautiful voice over an even more beautiful melody.
Be My Friend- Filler but beautiful vocals.
Peaches- Enigma-esque downtempo melody combined with a tech-house rythem.
Malaway- Tech house with a tribal chant. Amusing but not memorable.
Revolution- A protest House song. Hmmm
Voices- A stipped down version of the track.
End of the Beginning- The album comes to a close with an early version of Sunmachine. The David Bowie album version of the sample being played over an ambient Sunchyme. A bit long but a nice way to end things.
Overall, this album proves that the boys of Dario G are have an eve for producing, but not every song is memorable.