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Source Material
Various Artists
Source Material
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock
 
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After three installments of its Source Lab compilations, the French label Source is starting from scratch with a new title and a slew of new artists. Paying tribute to Gallic electronic pioneers such as Jean-Jacques Perrey...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Source Material
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Astralwerks
Original Release Date: 3/23/1999
Release Date: 3/23/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rock
Styles: Electronica, Trip-Hop, House
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 017046625623, 017046625616

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After three installments of its Source Lab compilations, the French label Source is starting from scratch with a new title and a slew of new artists. Paying tribute to Gallic electronic pioneers such as Jean-Jacques Perrey, many songs explore Moog sounds and often display a goofy streak. On most of the tracks, the beats take a backseat to carefree humor and laid-back insouciance--many make Air sound like Metallica in comparison. While kitsch sometimes rears its ironic head, most cuts are enchanting precisely because they approach fluffiness with unselfconscious grace. In particular, watch out for P. Jack and Rob, who have the wide-eyed wonder of 1960s kids' TV shows. But the compilation's centerpiece is Bertrand Burgalat's sprawling "Kim," a sexy marvel of organ, vrooming synthesizers, and breathy "doo-doos." Gorgeous. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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Quite good
Jeffrey Atwood | Berkeley, CA | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Found in Rolling Stone's yearly roundup next to Air's Moon Safari, which was one of my favorite CDs of 1999. This one is arguably better-- even though each song is by a different artist, the style and theme are remarkably consistent. It feels like a great album by a single band. Anyway, if you like Air, you'll like this too-- it's great."
A superb collection
Jeffrey Atwood | 08/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On the strength of the songs on a free Astralwerks sampler CD that a friend loaned me, I bought five CD's, including this one. Of the five, this was easily the best. Even though this is a "various artists" CD, there's a common thread here that binds them: a nice mellow soundscape that still rocks. Maybe it's the great analog Moog warblings, or the way they remind me of the great soundtracks on the old Commodore 64 games I played as a kid, but I have nothing bad to say about this collection! Do yourself a favor and check this one out!"
It was easy to get in the moog for this comp
Michael | East Bay, California, US of A | 06/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My favorite comp in years! Right when I was looking to jump head-first into the French house pop scene, thanks to AIR, I stumbled upon this comp, and was very surprised right from the very first song by Ernest St. Laurent...a great beginning for a great *moogie* album! From there, it flows into another great track, this time, by Phoenix, only known for their mixes, and openinig acts for AIR, and then into my favorite track by Oomiaq (where can I find more stuff by these guys? ), a great song filled with incredible mood, characterized by subtle acoustics, awesome arrangements, and mixed with just enough, and never too many, flutes, and analog synths. Several great tracks follow, highlighted by mostly down-tempo songs, by Rob (my second fave!), Mellow, and Sebastian Tellier. If you are expecting the next Chemical Bros, then this one is not for you. Although post-modern, this comp has a retro feel mixed into it all...and although maybe a bad comparison, I feel that a great many of the artists featured here, grew up with Pink Floyd, and soundtrack composers Goblin, Ennio Morricone, and John Barry. Take a chance on this one, give it a few listens, and I believe it will become one of your regular music selections, as it has with me."