Evolve's chilled out grooves and breaks are produced by Red Broad. Their debut outing, HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL is a delightful blend of lounge pop, subtle beats, found sound, and mellow jazz influences, a lounge lizard's idea of heaven on Earth. The overall vibe is predominantly mellow, and the arrangements ooze sophistication and depth. Singer Margo Reymundo features on two tracks contributing her distinctive raspy, Billy Holiday-esque jazzy vocal stylings to Couldn't Be More Wrong and The Way Back, with rapper Tantrum providing the testosterone on By Definition: Cool and Mice On The Ice. HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL manages to stay focused and coherent throughout it's sixty plus minutes while providing enough diversity to maintain interest, and enough depth to sustain repeated listenings. Most of the tracks presented here are ripe for the plucking by nearly any of the hundreds of chill out mix albums being released. The album is equally enjoyable to chill out to whether on headphones, at a cocktail party or on a long drive. HAPPY HOUR IN THE GENE POOL contains a little something for every electronica music fan, which, in this case, is a good thing.
Evolve's Happy Hour In the Gene Pool is a must have for lovers of downtempo, trip hop and jazz laced lounge grooves. What could easily be called the Evolution of Downtempo & Lounge for me is more like the perfection of chilled and downbeat grooves. Harvested at just the right time Evolve taps into that euphoric nerve center that makes everything alright. The album's mix of jazzy lounge grooves sprinkled with some hip hop flavor make this CD a clear favorite for those wanting to chill after a long days work or anytime. Mixed to perfection, the CD carries you smoothly with style and subtleness and just as a finely mixed drink hits you with an intoxicating buzz that will make you smile and yearn for more. Excellent production quality and musical arrangements highlight this CD and attest to the skills of producer, mixer and song writer Red Broad. Fresh food and great recipes are nice on the own, but it takes a talented chef to bring the right components together mixed and seasoned to perfection. Red's supporting cast, Chris Barron, Freddy Kron, Evan Avery Margo Reymundo and Tantrum certainly do just that. And this is just their debut CD!! --Subsonic Temple
The GrooveTone Lounge of Liquid Soundz places Happy Hour in the Gene Pool as a TOP Shelf Lounge Groove. It is a rare thing indeed to find an album with so much well crafted sonic finesse. How many discs do you own, where nearly every track has such artistic clarity that you wind up listening to the whole thing whenever you put it on...without reaching for the next track button. This is an outstanding work...book me a room and bring on the chilled Martinis...I'm not going anywhere. Bravo! --DJ GrooveTone
Evolve never strays from the middle of the road, but it throws in an awful lot of interesting ideas into that highly accessible sound. A nice bridge for those who wouldn't mind finding more adventurous electronic fare than what they're hearing now. --A&A Review