Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Dreams of Elsewhere
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Producer Nick Calingaert followed up a series of promising EPs with Dreams of Elsewhere, his impressive full-length debut as Common Factor, released by Carl Craig's Planet E label during a particularly remarkable late-'90s... more »
Producer Nick Calingaert followed up a series of promising EPs with Dreams of Elsewhere, his impressive full-length debut as Common Factor, released by Carl Craig's Planet E label during a particularly remarkable late-'90s harvest. Like so many of those other impressive late-'90s releases by Planet E, Dreams of Elsewhere bridges the gap between the dancefloor and the armchair -- by way of the bedroom, optionally. Calingaert does so with a deft synthesis of Detroit-style techno and Chicago-style house, with an emphasis on the former and subtle inflections of the latter. The opening run particularly stands out: the ambient introduction, Reflections, followed by not one or two or even three scorchers, but four of them back to back Positive Visual, Get Down, Horizons and In To. From here Dreams of Elsewhere slows down a bit and meanders through some dreaminess before kicking back into high gear later on with Feel What I Feel before yet again drifting off into dreaminess. The flow of the album is perhaps more impressive than any particular highlight, as Calingaert changes gears smoothly, forever drawing you in and zoning you out, sometimes simultaneously. It helps, of course, that these tracks are generally drawn from the same palette, differing mainly in mood and craft. Given the talent displayed here, it's a bit surprising -- or perhaps just unfortunate -- that Calingaert isn't more prolific. Regardless of his output, or lack thereof, Dreams of Elsewhere is a beginning-to-end tech-house delight, a standout amid Planet E's standout catalog, if not amid the more general realm of tech-house circa 1999.
Abstract funk minus the mayonaise
firstname.lastname@example.org | ypsilanti michigan | 03/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this full length encompasses Common Factor's first two EP with three new tracks that produces something that is as fresh as morning coffee at your favorite diner. From beginning to end, there is no "filler" track,as each song holds its own as saying something important. without all the toppings. most excellent stuff and bound to be one of the revered electronic music CD's of 1999."