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2 reviews »This CD from the ISAN man is gorgeously packaged in an oversize book-like sleeve that won't fit in your CD rack. It really does look lovely, and having put the disc in my player I can confirm that it also sounds lovely. Saville has made a collection of pieces of gentle looping sampletronica with stumbling tinkly melodies and little touches of field recording. I'm finding it all incredibly soothin ... »

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 March 2014

This CD from the ISAN man is gorgeously packaged in an oversize book-like sleeve that won't fit in your CD rack. It really does look lovely, and having put the disc in my player I can confirm that it also sounds lovely.

Saville has made a collection of pieces of gentle looping sampletronica with stumbling tinkly melodies and little touches of field recording. I'm finding it all incredibly soothing and it's easing me into the day very nicely, a relaxing drip, drip, drip of soft repetitive melodies.

Sometimes it's layered in crisply enveloping hypnotic polyrhythms, elsewhere it's just the whispering decay of a wibbly tape-looped piano refrain or a woozy bassline over a new age patchwork of synths, windchimes and water sounds. 'Nutmeg Saba Cinnamon' seems like a centrepiece of sorts, opening with an offbeat xylophone looped into a music box-esque melody which Saville then gradually ornaments with twinkly electronic beats and soft synth drones and cascading synth flute and clarinet, this track reminds me of Fourtet at his most relaxing, clever and intricate and unhurried.

A really nice CD, I might have another listen of this after I've finished reviewing so I can take advantage of its relaxing properties a little more.


8/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 14th March 2014

Fast forward with me, dear reader, to one of those rare summer nights in Britain when it's warm enough to sit out late in just a Tee and 10oz denims. You're at a close friend's house party, enjoying the garden's delights. The wine/cold premium beer is flowing (please! drink responsibly), the company is chilled and debate, such as it is, is humming. Tiny strings of lights and border-planted coloured flares abound, platters of interesting nibbles keep appearing and not a single female has, as yet, shouldered their ubiquitous 'summer' cardigan. Things are very fine. The younger element are taking about going to club - but such evenings are to be savoured for what they are. It is at this point that you wander over to the hi-fi, why else would you have been invited? and platter-up this little beauty for the assembled to enjoy. At the same time giving whispered, internal thanks to those stalwarts at Norman Records who put you onto Robin Saville in the first place. For times such as this such a recording as this exists. Sublimely horizontal stuff with or without the help of the Fabulous Furry Freak Bros.'s favourite herb. Warning: this cd contains inordinate amounts of tinkling, and twinkling. Oh, and yes, the packaging really is as cool as Mike infers.


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