Stelios Vassiloudis - It Is What It Is
It Is What It Is, a two disc release on John Digweed's influential Bedrock label, is +Stelios Vassiloudis's first artist album. And it's a great debut.Disc 1 treats us to a more ambient selection of tunes, which are sequenced to ensure they contribute to a gentle build up towards the end. Disc 2 gives you a bit more energy and is a good transition(!) from disc 1.
As this is an artist album and not a DJ mix compilation, we aren't going to say disc 1 is a journey. But it is a very likeable selection of tunes with no weak ones to spoil the music as a whole.
Spadang really likes the guitar synths in Clarity and the lovely vocals of Astrid Suryanto, Walk Away are great. A great selection of tunes to relax at home to.
So what about disc 2? Yep, it's the clubbier one of the two and is our favourite. But if you have ever read this blog before, you know spadang prefers the clubbier stuff. Disc 2 is a proper mix, and the edge is a dubby, tech house vibe. It kicks off with the nice and techy Small Hours mixing seemlessly into the equally techy Green In Blue which has some more lush vocals.
Further in and things get dubby and things chug nicely through tunes such as the excellent Reaching and Nowhere.
From Nowhere, the techier The Z follows with its slight tougher edge which some may want to call techno. The Z is the best tune on both discs. We love it!
Disc 2 closes with Repetition, another techno biased tune with a nice bit acid running through it.
It Is What It Is, is a great album from Stelios Vassiloudis and well worth taking seriously. Once again, a strong release from Bedrock.