I have to admit, I’ve been putting off reviewing this album. Mainly because it’s three records long, and not very popular and a different kind of music than I normally review. I’m not sure I’m going to know how to write about it. I’d much rather write about the Stevie Wonder album we were listening to all morning, but we both know the rules. So here it goes. Positive attitude starting…..now!
This album was a gift to Alex from our friend Alexis who lives in france.The album cover has pretty interesting illustration and is a gatefold, so you could stare at it for a long time while you’re listening to this music. I’m realizing that the first three sides are “Racing With The Sun,” and then the other three sides are “Remix With the Sun.”
The first record starts with a slightly sensual beat and a lot of vocal samples, some are in French, not all of them. This music has a quiet, chilled out feel to it. If you live in a dorm, and are smoking weed with some friends, you should put this album on. The second song has a person saying “One, past,” over and over, but at first I thought she was saying “one, cats.” While it would not have made any sense, I would have been really into that.
Based on the album artwork, and what I’ve heard so far, it seems like there’s a mixture of Asian and american old west influence in this music. Eastern and Western perhaps?
The next song, “If You Please,” has a great beat, then a peppy melody comes in on a mystery instrument. Some kind of Middle Eastern horn? I like the style that it gives the song. It feels happy.
The next song reminded me of Manu Chao when it started. I forgot about that band!
Side B goes back to that Middle Eastern sound and has samples of Jesse Jackson saying “I am somebody,” which gives the song a really exciting, immediate feel.
This really feels like chill-out music and it’s fun to just sit and listen to it without too much comment. It would definitely work as good background music, when you’re just hanging out at home doing something quite like reading, or if you have people over to smoke weed and play board games or something like that.
On to side C! The first song has an interesting Rap/Leprechaun sound, pretty unique if you ask me. But actually, it makes the song sound pretty silly. We’re back with an upbeat Middle Eastern sound again with J.O.G.J.A. go add this song to your workout mix right now.
I think this album does a great job at keeping a feeling going throughout - hip-hop, Middle Eastern, kind of jazzy cowboy album. It works, trust me. Although it might be a little over kill with the remixes. I don’t have much to say about the remixes. I feel like I just wrote about these songs. I can’t really appreciate the remix of a song I’ve only heard once. You want a remix to be a fresh take on a song you already love and are familiar with. I’m not there yet with these songs.
Of course, just as I finish that paragraph the best remix so far comes on. Listen to this song right now. Alex said it sounds like Italo disco. Sweet. Gotta love those horns.
Overall, this review took me two days to write, and I didn’t go into song by song detail like I usually do, but I like this album, and will probably play it again. If you’ve never heard of Chinese Man, click on the youtube links. See what you think!