Soulstice (USA-CA)
Illusion


5.0
classic

Review

by AnimalsAsSummit USER (28 Reviews)
December 27th, 2019 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm gonna let it all go, and fall into you....

I already tried writing this review and it just got deleted when I submitted it. It was the longest review I've ever written. SO, here is a short version of that review, because the hell if I'm writing all that again. Soulstice is a band from San Francisco that came out of the house music scene of the new millennium. Signed to OM Records, they incorporate trip-hop, acid jazz, house, and downtempo into their sound palette. Making some waves in 2001 with their debut album, Illusion, the band would soon go into obscurity.

Let it be known, this is one of the most personal albums to me. The mix of lounge, electronic, and even some breakbeat tendencies really make this album a melting-pot of nostalgia for my brain. It takes me back to simpler days of seeing the Matrix and Spider-Man in theaters, going to Chicago in the early 2000s and admiring the art/ music scene, and playing Gamecube in my spare time. But, this album probably wouldn't have such a strong effect if it wasn't for the impeccable songwriting. This is lush and cinematic sounding music that makes you feel free and alive.

The musicians on here are well aware of the genres they're executing, and they know exactly what they're doing. I can't imagine anyone else except Gina Rene doing vocals on these tracks. And DJ Mei-Lwun has a whimsical and carefree approach to these tracks that reminds me of producers like Satoshi Tomiie. Gabriel Rene and Andy Caldwell hold down the keys and soundscapes, complementing the group's atmosphere perfectly. This is music so good that it sounds like it could be all from the mind of one genius.

I am really obsessed with this album, to a degree I haven't been with other albums that I talk about with non-stop hyperbole. So obsessed, that I made a homemade shirt of this album just so I could wear it around. For me, this is the perfect release for an aspiring musician to listen to. It shows just how good these producers back in the day used to be. The chops are undeniable, these guys have an extreme sense of cool that people in this day and age have seemingly forgot. You probably won't ever again hear breakbeats get this loungey or chilled-out.

The tracks never get too heavy, and always stay in a state of major style. The band knows how to create a chillout session, and here they do it with expert ease. From the sensual wah-wah guitars, to the jazzy Roland synths, down to the funky drum patterns... the group has everything going for it. I like to think of Soulstice as that person you pass on the street who has impeccable fashion. And you just stare at them knowing you'll never be as cool.



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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
December 27th 2019


41799 Comments


"I already tried writing this review and it just got deleted when I submitted it"

Lol opening sentence and an instant guarantee of a pity pos, nice (hard luck though, sucks to hear this). Album sounds meganeat, will add it to my list and give you a bump when I jam it :] :]

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AnimalsAsSummit
December 27th 2019


5699 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yes that was about a good minute of infuriating frustration, but had tunes to cool me off luckily



lmk what you think when you end up getting to it!

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AnimalsAsSummit
December 29th 2019


5699 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

bump!!!

AnimalsAsSummit
February 11th 2020


5699 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

one of the best albums ever please check you guys. im out.

AnimalsAsSummit
April 23rd 2020


5699 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

still one of the greatest albums of all times

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2020


19604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules. Fall Into You, Lovely, Surrender, and Tenderly are my favs

AnimalsAsSummit
December 31st 2020


5699 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Fall Into You and The Reason are some of my favorite songs ever. Great bump!



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