WaveForm has been giving us the best of the best of the electronica genre for many years. Most of their CD’s are compilations of some great artists and their best contribution to the electronica style of music. From deep space sounds to artistic renderings of sounds and feelings, to the deep beats of trance music, WaveForm has given us much to listen to and consider from musicians around the world.
Smooth Chill – The Radio Singles is a compilation of “the best of the best” of their offerings. The mixes on this CD are the recordings that have received the best audience responses when aired on the radio. These are the “smoother” pieces from the collections, offering some very subtle yet high impact music for the listener to get into and appreciate.
If you are a WaveForm fan, you will recognize most of the tracks on this CD. If not, then this CD will introduce you to some artists you should definitely check into as well as introduce you to the WaveForm catalogue.
The CD has eleven tracks. Artists represented here are Sounds from the Ground, Coldcut, Potlach, P.R.O.M., Space Safari, Deep-Dive Corp and Trance Groove to mention a few.
The opening track by Sounds from the Ground – The Cut – sets the mood and the smooth for the rest of the CD. This is a jazzy piece, mellow and sublime, but very electronic. You hear bits of trumpet, voices as in a night club, and some spacey backfill giving this a very off-worldly feel.
One of my personal favorites is Autumn Leaves by Cold Cut. A very pensive work, very electronica, but very delicate in its approach. The repeated lyrics, “But I miss you most of all, my darling, when autumn leaves start to fall” makes this a touching love story where you fill in the story.
Sleep at the Swamp by Potlach is another work that is suggested by the repeated lyrics but it grabs you with its moody electronica composition. Hypnotized by P.R.O.M. has the beat that suggests chill music and the electronica soundscape that will shoot you out into the universe. Another jazzy piece that you will find yourself playing again and again.
Imagination from Deep-Dive-Corp is another upbeat work that will have you chair dancing in front of your computer. Another one of my personal favorites.
An additional and very excellent jazzy piece with an addition of the story “Not Just Yet” told within the work is Paris by Trance Groove. A lovely combination of story and electronica accompaniment. And again, another one of my favorites.
Soma Sonic presents us with Crazy Moon, a very spacey electronic piece with vocals and a beat. Smooth and very intriguing, a composition that floats but demands your attention.
Also floating but very cutting edge is RAS Command’s Slippin’, very jazzy, suggestive beat and very artistic in its presentation.
If you are familiar with the WaveForm catalogue, you are going to love this collection of their best works. If you have never heard WaveForm before, this is the perfect introduction to their catalogue and would make a perfect gift for that someone who you would love to introduce to this form of music. mafoster
by Margaret Foster for Ambient Visions