Various Suite Royale, St. Moritz Vibes, Vol. II

Smooth sounds conjure images of beautiful people mingling over cocktails in a swishy lounge. Setting the scene is Astrud Gilberto’s silky rendition of the Doors’ "Light My Fire” with its suave double bass and horns. Some tracks on this compilation are a little funky, others are jazzy, and Brazilian, Middle Eastern and Indian influences are apparent. All is presented with polish, encouraging a sense of worldly sophistication, comforting the listener and never challenging. This is the perfect chill-out album for those who like the vibe to be sweet, warm and sexy. (Milan)