Various - Es Vive/Base Bar Ibiza 2005

The latest Hed Kandi compilation, this time in conjunction with stylish Ibizan hotel Es Vive, is a blend of chill-out, soul and house, split over three discs. CD1 is the most downtempo, highlights including Chungking's sexy, Goldfrapp-ish Voodoo and a welcome dusting down of classics by Dubstar and Saint Etienne. (In this reviewer's opinion, Only Love Can Break Your Heart has the honour of being both the best summer track and the best cover version ever.) CD2 is a livlier affair, with such inescapable tunes of the moment as Lovin' You More (That Big Track) and Gadjo's So Many Times. Taking the party up yet another notch, CD3 is home to a couple of lesser known gems; Jupiter Ace's Until The Music Stops is a pumping monster, containing some good ol' fashioned references to being off one's head on chemicals, while Late Night Alumni's Empty Streets has a heavenly vocal. With plenty to soothe during the day and raise the pulse at night, this 2005 selection is a cut above the average Hed Kandi release.

Overall

7

out of 10
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