2016 Feb 05     
2 Bit Thugs

Playlister.FM's Dan Lywood and Ben Bridgewater serve up Balearic and downtempo vibes on this second Beach Rouge mix album

"Beach house and deep disco," is how the hype sheet describes this second collection of chilled tuneage from Beach Rouge, a beach bar at the LUX* Belle Mare resort in Mauritius.

There is, of course, no shortage of exotic beach bars and swanky hotels offering up their own compilations these days - and there will undoubtedly be some who baulk at such blatant 'brandification' of dance/electronic music. It's a viewpoint we can certainly understand, but assessed purely on its sonic merits, Beach Rouge Vol 2 is a pretty decent album all the same. And with the likes of Shanti Celeste, Alexander Nut and NTS Radio's Femi Adeyemi all booked to play this season, the team at Beach Rouge do at least actually seem to have half a clue about the music!

Compiled and mixed by Dan Lywood and Ben Bridgewater, the team behind music curation specialists Playlister.FM, the mix opens with the supremely chilled Mayflies by Greg Sawyer, moving on to take in tracks and mixes from the likes of Eli & Fur, Hot Toddy, Ray Saul and Neil Quigley. The emphasis is, as you'd expect, on sunlounger-friendly laidback grooves; things do get a bit more 'up' in the middle but it's not long before we're back in Balearic, headnoddin' territory as the mix draws to a close.

Given the sheer number of similar comps around, it'd be hard to argue that Beach Rouge Vol 2 was an essential purchase. But if you're in the market for a downtempo mix CD right now, this one is definitely worth checking.


Release date: Out now


Review Score: 7