Claud Challe & Jean-Marc Challe / Various Spacesex

Claud Challe & Jean-Marc Challe / Various Spacesex

There is something inexplicable about this album that demands attention, or at the very least some acknowledgement. By no means will it win a Grammy or even gold record status but it has so many endearing qualities that it is difficult to ignore entirely. The first impression comes from the cover, a palatial Arabic fountain with shades of purple through neon blue that echoes the title in full force. So does the music. It is everything it purports to be, with the record, somewhere between Zero 7’s Simple Things and Dan the Automator’s Lovage, coming across as a perfectly crafted sex soundtrack, with stylistic harmony of the former and the forward lyrical intentions of the latter. Combining with some Middle Eastern timbres mixed with slow jazzy breaks, it derives connotations to Thievery Corporation. It lacks the same quality and depth of any of the comparables mentioned but it is a satisfying listen nonetheless, with some beautiful vocals layered over mellow harmonies and enchanting chord progressions. (Pschent)