Sunday, February 23, 2014

Herb Records Sampler Anything But Cliche

Despite the obvious cliches that abound here the Herb Records 2013 compilation is an awesome chill out record. Deep lush vibes envelop you ears and the stereotypes that this record embraces with open arms slip away. What's left are chilled grooves, atmospheric washes, wondrous textures and a sound world that makes for an enlightening LP.

While I have no idea who any of the artists are on this burned CD, whoever they are are simply phenomenal at what they do. While most of the record is pure and simple chill out, some tunes veer into reggae territory but don't allow the overall atmospheric vibe of Herb Records 2013 to become too roots based. This is a nice varied record that slips between near ambient textures, occasional reggae vibes, and chilled out beats rolling in and out like the waves. This is a perfect pre-bar, Friday night, drive around album that's sensuous, adventurous and a decompressing sort of listen.

While I'm not the biggest fan of the label's name, Herb Records stable of artists have knocked it out of the ballpark on Herb Records 2013. I'm not sure if this is a promotional release only or commercially available. If it is commercially available it's well worth heading over to Amazon and picking this up and then tuning in and dropping out to it. Chill out doesn't get much better than this with or with out herbs and spices.

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