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Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks

EkovaAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00004TWTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Starlight In Daden (Aurora Remix)
2. Temoine (Farmakit Extended Remix)
3. Helas And Reason (Neti Neti Remix)
4. In My Prime (Gekko From Ekovaland)
5. Sebrendita (Dark Jazz Remix)
6. Venus And One (Reconstruction Remix)
7. Taksim (Un Taksim Pour Tobruk)
8. Sister (Tsunami Sister Remix)
9. Ditama (Kalenda Remix)
10. Todosim (Ali Baba Remix)
11. Sabura (Desert Delight Remix)
12. La Nef Des Fous (Design Size Remix)
13. Chant Of Diem (Golden Days Remix)

Editorial Reviews

Review

The Paris-based trio Ekova comprises American vocalist Dierdre Dubois, Iranian percussionist Arach Khalatbari and Algerian guitarist/oudist Mehdi Haddab. Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks consists of remixes of their songs by leading figures on the European electronica scene. The grooves are good, leaving space for Dubois' clear and radiant wordless vocals. --Sule Greg Wilson -- From Rhythm Magazine

Product Description

For those who are partial to gorgeous singing, promiscuously blended ethnic influences, and driving rhythms, there's just about nothing better than an Ekova album. Unless it's an Ekova remix album, on which you get to hear not only the wildly eclectic pastiche you're used to, but also the even more varied deconstructions of their music that ensue when a bunch of tracks are handed over to the leading lights of Europe's electronica scene. Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks is a remix collection based on the band's U.S. debut, Heaven's Dust, and it features contributions from such eminencies as DJ Cam (whose jazzy, scratch-heavy mix of "Sebrendita" is the album's highlight track), Da Lata (who takes "Starlight in Daden" straight back to Brazil), and Roudoudou, who turns the strongly Celtic-flavored "Todoism" into dubwise reggae. The only weak track on the album is Doctor L's slightly monotonous remix of "Chant of Diem." Very highly recommended overall, as is the original album from which this material was taken. ~ Rick Anderson, All Music Guide

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars how can you improve excellence? July 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The original album, Heaven's Dust, is one of my all-time favorite albums. It's brilliant - an amazing arrangement of Middle Eastern instrumentation with creative and elegant vocals. So I was excited to hear that the album was being remixed and curious to listen to the finished project.
Let me just say that after the first track, it's nominal at best. This is mediocre electronica. The vocal tracks fit securely within the groove of the original arrangements on the first album, but removed and placed upon a disparate collection of drum tracks and effects it loses all sense of wholeness. Some of the remixed tracks are creative in their own right, but do not stand out among such a dynamic genre.
You are much better off buying the original Heaven's Dust. Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks is a nice compliment to the original, but not worth owning without the reference to the first album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Ekova is a startling group made of three incredibly talented musicians. A variety of Algerian string and wind instruments and unique Iranian-influenced drum beats combine with the voice of American-born Dierdre Dubois, who occasionally sings in English or French, but often does her own made-up language (sort of a world beat vocalese). The group's first album, "Heaven's Dust," is one of the best world music albums ever produced (it rates five stars easily) and features hypnotic rhythms and music. "Soft Breeze and Tsunami Breaks" is made up of remixes of those tracks by some of Europe's top DJs (DJCam, Max Pashm, Doctor L, Da Lata, Farmakit, etc.).
The remixes range from trance beats to world beats to dark jazz. All of the remixes are full of ingenuity, but the original ingenuity of Ekova (as heard on "Heaven's Dust") is somewhat lost in the shuffle. Dubois' vocals are broken down from their multi-layered origins. While it's interesting to hear these layers separated, they don't always work as well on their own as they did when they were piled on in the amazing arrangements from "Heaven's Dust."
For those who are intrigued by Ekova's work, I strongly recommend buying "Heaven's Dust" first. It will literally blow your mind. If you are then as enthralled with the group as I was, then this album will make a nice companion piece (or curiosity piece).
Taken by itself, "Soft Breeze & Tsunami Breaks" is a fairly good techno/dance mix/trance/dark jazz album. It's no revelation, but remains serviceable. But taken as a companion piece to "Heaven's Dust," it becomes an interesting examination of how remix DJs work and think, of what works and what doesn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Heaven June 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
On this remix CD of tracks from Heaven's Dust, Ekova have shown me that they truly are open to any type of music. There is a large range to the tracks featured on this CD. It almost reminds me of a soundtrack of sorts; a collection of songs all very similar to a theme but each having there own distinct rythm and feel. Done by a whole slew of European and Asian DJs, you would think this really has nothing to do with Ekova...you would be wrong. Ekova had a huge hand in deciding who would remix there tracks. I have heard through the grapevine that there was huge interest in the project and many song were submited. Ekova had the final choice about which songs made it on the CD. So, if you want a very different type of electronica or just a smooth collection of beats to keep you happy in the car, Soft Breeze will definatly not disapoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite remix CDs July 8, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Although I don't own the Ekova album that was the source of the remixes on this CD, I can definitely say that this CD contains some of my favorite electronica tracks ever (to name two, the d&b-influenced remix of Ditama and the epic second track are, alone, worth the price of the CD).
This isn't to say, of course, that you should just search Napster for the standout tracks -- nearly every song on this CD is very good as well, and many have grown on me a lot with time. Speaking from the point of view of someone who listens to quite a lot of electronica, I think this album is refreshing: the alien sounds and the new, modern arrangements fit together in a very engrossing and imaginative way. The remixers really nailed it with this project.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No need to go on vacation, just play this CD ! June 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a pleasure to see productions like these. A beautiful voice, some great research in melodies, harmonies, percussions, rhythms in general.
This CD is joyful, romantic, you feel you are in India, in Africa, in Latin America, you definitely can see the sun in your lounge.
This CD also gives you energy, enriches your life and makes you happy to live. This is a must-buy.
You will find some influences, probably from Dead Can Dance, such as the "Into The Labyrinth" album, but it is way more energetic and sunny than any Dead Can Dance was. You will tell me Dead Can Dance wasn't here to be joyful. Well it looks like now, trends are in joy, smiles, happy, happy mood and I just love that !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous new music from out of left field June 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful record! Great beats and swirling, unusual vocals combine to make you dance. Imagine Dead Can Dance doing electronica-that's as close as I can come to the experience of this album. Every home should have one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vocals!
This is such an unusual and exciting album! It's not for people who don't like a little weird in their music, lol.
Published on May 22, 2012 by Fizzgig
4.0 out of 5 stars Correct tracklisting
Tracklisting:
1 Starlight In Daden (Aurora Remix) Remix - Da Lata
2 Temoine (Farmakit Extended Remix) Remix - Farmakit
3 Helas And Reason (Neti Neti Remix)... Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by D. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Corrections...
Tracklisting:
1 Starlight In Daden (Aurora Remix) Remix - Da Lata
2 Temoine (Farmakit Extended Remix) Remix - Farmakit
3 Helas And Reason (Neti Neti Remix)... Read more
Published on February 20, 2009 by D. Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars funktastic
this cd rocks! it's great as a soundtrack to all the fun parts of life. just pop it in, and ride the wave (or the breeze, rather)
Published on August 2, 2007 by Raechel Mcbride
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
WOW! It is all you need to know!
Published on May 19, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Vocals and Fantastic Musical Arrangement
The music is invigorating, and the vocals are phenomenal. If you are into music that includes various worldly flavors, Ekova hits the jackpot! Read more
Published on March 8, 2001 by Paul Fucich
4.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me, could you repeat that?
Just what language are these guys singing in?
I picked this CD up in Toronto. I am not sure why. Read more
Published on October 9, 2000 by L C
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Heaven's Dust but still good
Ekova return on a remixed version of Heaven's Dust. I personally feel this CD is not as good as Heaven's Dust. Read more
Published on August 18, 2000 by Lululu
4.0 out of 5 stars At long last: ethnic electronica that honors both traditions
If you love Loop Guru or Trans-Global Underground, and their unique blends of ethnic and techno influences, plus if the wordless vocals of Cocteau Twins is your cup of tea, then... Read more
Published on July 5, 2000 by Robert S. Weathers
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