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Evolve's chilled out grooves and breaks are produced by Red. Their debut outing, Happy Hour In The Gene Pool is a delightful blend of lounge pop, subtle beats, found sound, and mellow jazz influences, a lounge lizard’s idea of heaven on Earth.
The elements shift slightly from song to song, from the chunky bass line and guitar harmonics of the Depeche Mode like opener “August Moon”, to the cool jazz vocal stylings of singer Margo Reymundo on “The Way Back” and “Couldn’t Be More Wrong”. Shifting gears again for the hypnotic muted flugelhorn performance featured on “Mellow”.
The overall vibe is predominantly mellow, and the arrangements ooze sophistication and depth. Evolve takes a light and airy approach to the trip-hop genre, similar to that taken by their contemporaries Tosca, Caia, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Groove Armada, and Underworld.
Happy Hour In The Gene Pool manages to stay focused and coherent throughout it’s sixty plus minutes while providing enough diversity to maintain interest, and enough depth to sustain repeated listenings.
Most of the tracks presented here are ripe for the plucking by nearly any of the hundreds of chill out mix albums being released.
Overall the album is fun, and equally enjoyable to chill out to whether on headphones, at a cocktail party or on a long drive. Happy Hour In The Gene Pool contains a little something for every electronica music fan, which, in this case, is a good thing.