Album Review: “Siddharta Lounge Dubai” by Ravin and Dimi.El

10999089_10152825074197746_8620657359896367475_nSiddharta Lounge, the hip and ultra-chic spot based in Grosvernor House has become one of definitive see-and-be-seen spots of the Dubai nightlife. A place of sophistication, skyscraper views and top-selected music has also become the inspiration behind the latest edition of the album series of Siddharta, now reaching it’s seventh edition released under George V Records.

The music series that since its inception has always been compiled by DJ Ravin, for this seventh edition the resident of Buddha Bar Paris teamed up with Buddha Bar Dubai’s Resident DJ Dimi.El for the selection of the superb tracks present in this release.

Arabian vibes, guitars, exotic vocals and drums courtesy of a stunning delivery by Kaya Project in “Firebird” mark a strong beginning into the set; a track with beats of pure exoticism who then surrender into the melancholic piano and voice of Melina Mercouri’s “Agapi Pou ‘Gines Dikopo Maheri” graced by a fab remix by Papercut, who further come into the set with a superb delivery of their own with the track “Adrift”.

Sophisticated vibes, a brilliant mix of beats that set a chic mood with lovely vocals keep coming with tracks such as “Crystalized” by Martina Topley Bird, Mark Lanegan & Co., followed by Jan Blomqvist’s “Time Again”, who then meet the fabulous afro-house beats of “La Revolución,” a stunning creation by Little D, Stamy and Nikos Diamantopoulos that also make one of the stellar tracks of this album.

In addition to the various house driven tracks that grace the listening experience, various musical influences are found such as the Greek-sung, latin-rhythms of Imam Baildi’s “Argosvinis Moni”, a catchy jazzy-swing of Rafael Cancian’s “The Shark Jazz” and the very suitable and stunning Arabic influenced track “Sahara” by Pablo Fierro, all before wrapping up this remarkable set with an original piece by Ravin and Barrio Latino’s Resident DJ Carlos Campos titled, -very appropriately- “The Siddharta Lounge”, to mark the closing of this album.

A chic Dubai destination and two outstanding DJ’s coming together to create a top album have resulted in a release destined to not disappoint, and one that also marks a great addition to the Siddharta collection. Highly recommended.

 

Essential Tracks: “Firedance” by Kaya Project, “La Revolucion” by Little D., Stamy & Nikos Diamantopoulos, “Crystalized” (Directors Cut Signature Mix) by Martina Topley Bird & Co., “The Siddharta Lounge” by Ravin & Carlos Campos.

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