on “rest in space”, his first full length outing for music for dreams, the lp keeps a steady pace of around 90-95 bpm, but never gets repetitive with islandman taking us on a rich and ever surprising journey, full of quirky turns and mysterious instrumentations. the opener “rest in space” treats us to a funky percussion-thick rhythm that lounges into a pool of playful & jazzy horn & flute arrangements. this is followed by the epic “night wind” which sweeps across cinematic desert landscapes of synth layers and falls into a dark night time groove reminiscent of nicolas jaar & dave harrington’s darkside project. “seikleos” centers around a motorik electronic rhythm pattern (not unlike the classic electro-pop classic “popcorn”) that develops into a chugging balearic house jam while stand out track “future days” brings in a female guest vocalist to complete the album with a breezy full on groover that echoes of both sheila chandra and tom tom club. also included is the previously released digital single “agit” as well as a remix by berlin-based m.rux, toning down the heavy guitar of the original in favor of a more bouncier interpretation. the stunning “ikaru” wades in through chunks of jungle ambiance and watery percussion to lounge along on a rubbery funk bassline, coupled with a heavy laid back beat and wobbly derelict synth figures. “tawhid” is an odd mix of new wave brilliance and prog momentum that breaks into a cascade of pouring rain and surprising percussion breaks. lastly comes gorgeous eastern guitar opus “the true word of the wind” and the warm vibey dreamscape “following”. as a whole, islandman delivers a delicate buffet of influences - spanning the spectrum from hazy balearic pop to tropical new age flirts to deep spiritual psychedelic jamming.
in revisiting the epic journey of josé manuel s debut album -excursion africanism-, the copenhagen based music for dreams have procured remixes from like-minded producers to lend an additional layer to the afro-inspired dance music of manuel.
the label music for dreams is a sonic kaleidoscope of musical tones and colors. it is an exciting aural journey from danish label boss, dj, event maker, radio host, producer and founder kenneth bagers feeling for all things good as manifested in the diverse offsprings of the music for dreams label. the label has since its day of birth sold over 2 million albums and its artists have been featured on more than 1000 different compilations worldwide.
kenneth bager is one of the most prominent curators of balearic and chill out music. this double vinyl /double cd /digital release is the fourth in the series “the sunset sessions” and is full of exclusive tracks including ambala, laid back, hong kong syndikat, tuccinelli, nick mackrory & harry collier, islandman, rev thorn, lars bartkuhn & christer nahrendorf ... among many others, the album has been designed for connoisseurs of balearic sounds.