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Special two CD edition includes bonus CD containing remixes. 2011 sophomore album from the pioneering Electronica act, the follow-up to their decade old debut. In the Light contains 13 songs including the singles "Love Cliché" and "Realistic" along with the original version of the classic "Changes." Some of the songs on the album date back to the original songs the group wrote together. "In the Light", for example, is the very first SoulStice song, which was never officially recorded and released until this album. Another stand out tune is "Soul on Fire", complete with classic smoky drum breaks and a bass line that instantly grabs your neck and says 'listen up punk!' OM Records.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Realistic
  2. Love Clich
  3. Soul on Fire
  4. Alright (3PM Mix)
  5. Where Were You (Re-Edit)
  6. Interlude
  7. In the Light
  8. Lost in the City
  9. Goog Organ
  10. Wizard
  11. Changes (Westside Vocal Mix)
  12. I Believe
  13. Soul on Fire (Tribute to the Angel Man Mix)
  14. Changes (FS Dubstep Remix)
  15. Changes (Marty Party Remix)
  16. Changes (King Kooba Downtempo Remix)
  17. Changes (King Kooba Dub Remix)
  18. Changes (Rocket Empire Remix)
  19. Changes (Original Version)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: High Note Records
  • ASIN: B004YDVMM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,004,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The San Francisco quartet makes their return after nearly a decade of absence with a soulfull collection of tracks that will please fans new and old alike. In the Light is an explosion of of smooth jazz infuzed trip-hop with a few loungy touches added for good measure, this album will literally set your soul on fire. Some of the standout tracks include "Love Cliche", "In the Light" and "I Believe". Love Cliche is a seductive smokey ballad that can only be described as heavenly, "In the Light" is a deeply chilled, blissed out track and "I Believe" is an uplifting affirmation in the self.

The fact that earlier versions of some of the songs have been available on different compilations should not deter anyone from buying this album as "In the Light" is a completely new aural experience with the exception of "Wizard", the haunting and ethereal sounding untitled hidden track that was featured on the Illusion album. Changes, another track found on Illusion, is found here with Gina Rene's smooth vocals and a different insturmental mix than the Illusion album version. "Alright", which was previously made available on OM:100 and Es Vive Ibiza, makes an appearance in an updated smooth lounge "3PM Mix" that is reminiscent of Gabriel Rene's Aquanote album. Lastly, an earlier version of the jazzy "Where Were You" was featured in OM Lounge 2. Honestly, I was hoping to see "Never Stop" and "Superfunk 2000" reworked or remixed by the band in some way, maybe in the future. The original version of "Never Stop", a very hip hop influenced track, can also be found on OM:100 and "Superfunk 2000" is featured on the OM compilation Tektonics.

Overall this album is amazing aural journey from beginning to end.
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Ah, the mid-'90s to the early '00s. That heady time when electronica was exploding at the seams, and electronica groups seemed an unstoppable force poised to take over the music world. A time when frontwomen were judged by the quality of their voices, and not the content of their bone structure. One key phalanx of those forces was the genre of downtempo, and one of downtempo's key pioneers was the band Soulstice. Soulstice had four members, with the real creative force being house wunderkind Gabriel Rene. With his satin-voiced sister, Gina Rene, taking the microphone, Soulstice was a force to be reckoned with.

Like a lot of people who followed this revolution in real time, I'm largely disappointed in the result, i.e. the bland commercial dubstep of today. At the time, it seemed like electronic music was destined for something so much greater. But, much like Soulstice itself, great beginnings were followed inactivity, leaving a vacuum into which lesser outfits filled and thrived.

Thus, running across this new album was a pleasant surprise. I guess I should put "new" in quotes though, because this isn't really a new album, it's more the result of attic-cleaning from Soulstice's narrow circa-2000 period of creativity. Knowing this in advance, I was expecting this to be little more than a collection of also-rans that weren't good enough to make the cut of their debut [and only original] album from 2001, Illusion, plus other ideas that were eventually reworked into other songs. And the first track, "Realistic," is a pastiche of the most memorable bits from Illusion, reinforcing the idea that there wasn't going to be much special or interesting here.

Boy was I wrong. This album is interesting, special, even great.
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I'm so glad to see this group back with an album. I bought Illusion when it came out and listened to it all the time. I'd given up on a new album and just checked not hoping for anything and lo and behold! In the Light!

Fans of Illusion will feel right at home, smokey bar vocals, nice beats and the floaty atmosphre melodies in the background. Some tracks of course are better than other but none are outright bad (I'll forgive the budstep part in Realistic).

Overall a very safe bet if you like Trip-hop and a sure one if you like Illusion.
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I enjoyed this album and am glad I got it. I like the first album they released (Illusion) more, but I've been listening to it on and off for a number of years and it has grown on me. All in all, the new album is a worthy successor to the first one.
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It was great to learn that a new Soulstice album was coming out, after all theyd been gone for a long time. I am happy to report that the album does not dissapoint. Fans of their first album "Illusion" will find that the new "In The Light" does not veery too far away from what made Illuison great. Smoky sultry vocals killer bass grooves and funky electro beats are all present on In The Light, and Gina Rene sounds in top form. Of course, this is not surprising, considering that some of the tracks on In the Light were older tracks that were unreleased or only available on various OM compilations. "Love Cliche", "Soul On Fire", "In The Light" and "Where Were You" are all standout tracks, but the other in between tracks are also great. The album, as did its predecessor, creates a haunting atmosphere and mood, better for urban loungey nightlife than moonlit walks on the beach. After some previous new Lounge/Trip Hop releases were quite lame and disappointing (yes BOOZOO BAJOU and Dzihan & Kamien Im referring to YOU!)Soulstice's "In The Light" is quite a gem. Hopefully Thievery Corporation's "Culture Of Fear" will be equally awesome.
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