Hotel Costes, Vol. 6 kick starts things right off with In The Black Of The Night by Slow Train. It’s a beautiful, soulful, jazzy track with excellent female vocals. We then head off to Reality Check by Stigmato Inc. Not one of my favorite tracks on here but still OK. It gets thing ready for the next track called Metropolitan by Emmanuel Santarromana. An amazing track with the beautiful sounds of the accordion. I'm not sure what language it is but I think it could be Italian. Right after that track things really start moving with Surround Me With Your Love (Mental Overdrive Mix) by 311 Porter. This track is a Spanish/Latin flavored piece with enough energy to set the dance floor on fire yet still having a moody feel to it that you can chill to. It does have the vocals Surround Me With Your Love - I Need Your Love. Magnificent!
Right up next we head into familiar territory with Rolf Royce by Tosca feturing Stephan Graf Hadik Wilnder. I'm familiar with Tosca and everything else they have done and this is another one of their amazing downtempo tracks and fits here excellently in this mix! Things slow down a bit on the next track. Morenito (Bossa Mix) by Stephane Pompougnac featuring Clementine is a beautiful Latin/Brazilian flavored track that has enough of a beat to keep you grooving but not heavy enough to really tire your ears. Next up things pick up again with a fun Latin House track. This is an excellent track to get things going. It's just a fun party tune. Snowblind by Minus 8 is fun, moody and groovy perfect for this set. I love the vocals on here. It fits excellenty in the track. Up next is my favorite track on this collection. Come On (Sket Remix) by Dutch Rhythm Combo featuring Annik. What an amazing track this is. It’s got great vocals by Annik complementing the delightful beats behind it. AMAZING!
Next up we have You Fly Me by Fingathing. This track reminds me of a score from a 60's/70's romance flick. This actually sounds much better than what music would sound like back then but it just reminds me of music from romance flicks from that era. It actually gives me goose bumps just listening to that piece of music. Bluesless (Radio Mix) by Spiro Projecto featuring Josefina Sanner is another jazzy, instrumental electronica track. It’s very upbeat and it has minimal vocals. It’s actually really fun and keeps this mix moving forward into the next track. Sometimes it reminds me of early 90's techno and rave music but not obnoxious sounding to not be able to fit in this mix.
Up next is The Breeze Is Back (Moonstar Remix) by Zimpala. I have to say this is not one of Zimpala’s stronger pieces. I really love the track Sugar by Zimpala. I just love that track but this track doesn't compare at all to Sugar. The vocals actually get a little annoying after a while. Luckily the vocals are short and they end pretty quickly. Things start winding down from now on with Party's On by Grand Palace and finally Un Monde Sans Frime by Doctor Jazz's Universal Remedy. The stronger of the latter two tracks is Un Monde Sans Frime. This track has beautiful vocals and the music is excellent.
Overall Hotel Costes still has it going for it and Stephane Pompougnac is the man behind the higly successful Hotel Costes series. Hotel Costes 6 is definitely a winner. So go get it and listen to it or enjoy with your friends while having a cocktail party.
Seb Jarakian is the owner of Musync http://www.musync.com a music research and licensing company based in San Francisco California. Seb's client list includes: Microsoft XBOX, Esurance, Clorox, VISA and Adidas. Seb also owns and updates Best Playlists http://www.BestPlaylists.com and Beatzblog http:// http://www.Beatzblog.com - Two blogs about electronic music and Apple's iTunes/iPod technologies. Seb periodically updates the two blogs with new playlists, album reviews, articles about new and classic electronica music and new technologies.