A collection of three EPs released in limited quantities by this London duo (Nick Franglen and Fred Deakin), Lemonjelly.ky is what happens when you mix electronic psychedelia with downtempo beats, a selection of warm and organic sounds, a splash of sunshine, and a big dose of smiles. Coming across like a series of electronic fairy tales designed for warm, hazy afternoons in the park, Lemon Jelly are all about a good time, chill style. Kruder & Dorfmeister would approve, as would the Orb, but Lemon Jelly also have a stoner's sense of humor to accompany their warmly chaotic mixes. Take "A Tune for Jack," with its big sea elephants and smooth high-synth sound that evokes the Parisian duo Air, and then try the amusingly instructional voiceover during "The Staunton Lick." Both illustrate clearly that for Lemon Jelly there are no rules other than to let your imagination (fueled as it might be) wander where it must. Indeed, one of the most delightful things about this album, as you meander through stunningly lush pastures like "Homage to Patagonia" and the melancholic romance of "Kneel Before Your God," is its ability to marry great music with a genuine sense of goodwill and happy disorder. If Alice ever did manage to hear some tunes as she tripped about Wonderland, Lemonjelly.ky must have been the soundtrack she enjoyed. --Steffan Chirazi
Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen are the DJ/producers known as the invitingly chill Lemon Jelly, a London duo which compiled its first three limited-edition 10-inches for this CD and openly warned consumers not to buy it if they already own the EPs. Like a cross between the orchestrated retroisms of Air and the humor-based sampledelica of Mr. Scruff, a sense of humor is evident on each of the album's breezy tracks and while their sound isn't new, it still provides ample listening pleasure.
The Bath EP sighs under the weight of soft guitar strumming, beats and soaring harmonics, while The Yellow EP soothes with the lullaby tones of "His Majesty King Raam" and the playful romp of "The Staunton Lick." On The Midnight EP, Lemon Jelly's sound becomes more intricate and realized through the bossa skip of "Kneel Before Your God" and disco sashay of "Page One," making it the perfect audio companion when the post-club set gathers at your pad to chill out. "Nervous tension is an unseen enemy of the human mind," states one of the album's many (but never overdone) samples. Apply a little Lemon Jelly and feel those cares melt away.
Stacy Osbaum -- From URB Magazine