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Side Liner - No Vember

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Label: Cosmicleaf Records

Country: Greece

Released: 15 Feb 2019

Style: Ambient, Downtempo, Trip Hop

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Tracklist:

1. That Beautiful Somewhere feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 04:50

2. No Vember 08:09

3. 56 07:59

4. Maluns - Bloodline Hunter (Side Liner Remix) 07:49

5. Edge 07:13

6. Cosmic Tone 06:40

7. Denside (with Dense) 06:47

8. Enigma 06:09

9. Dreamer feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 06:32

 

Side Liner is Nick Miamis, a well established producer from Greece. This is Nick's 16th artist album, just think about it for the moment. This definitely makes him one of the most hard-working producers on the scene right now. At the same time he manages two labels, which deserves nothing but praise.

No Vember mostly consists of slow progressive tracks with varying moods. People who are well familiar with Nick's sound will find no surprises here. The production is great as always, and if you're into slower melodic kind of trance, then I urge you to check it out.

 

REVIEW

 

1. That Beautiful Somewhere feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 04:50

The intro track has very soft and sad vocals. It's a full-fledged song with orchstral strings and piano that could fit the end-credits of a drama movie.

It's actually unexpected to hear such a sentimental track in the very beginning of the album, but I can't deny its beauty.

4/5


2. No Vember 08:09

Now this is where the album actually starts for me. No Vember is filled with slow beats and cosmic melodies. This is the music you want to hear in the dusk, when the darkness settles and the stars start to appear in the nightsky.

It has a very distinctive atmosphere that is simply unforgettable. No Vember is a fantastic track that warms my heart.

5/5


3. 56 07:59

I have no idea what the title refers to, but I like this track. It's very simple yet charming, and it has a very calming effect on me despite technically being a progressive dance track.

4/5


4. Maluns - Bloodline Hunter (Side Liner Remix) 07:49

This is a rather boring remix by Nick, which doesn't have that same spark as his original productions. It's very minimal in composition, and it left me completely unsatisfied.

There is some intriguing bassline work going on in the second half, but it ain't enough.

2/5


5. Edge 07:13

Here's another minimal stomper, and this time it's a bit better than the previous track. It carries over several sweeping, lush sound effects throughout the course of the whole track that reminded me of the early Jean-Michel Jarre productions.

This is a nice little number.

3/5


6. Cosmic Tone 06:40

Not much is happening in the first half of the track, but then Nick introduces a gorgeous melody that took me completely by surprise. I really like these pleasant unexpected twists.

3/5


7.Denside (with Dense) 06:47

This track has a very smooth melodic intro, and the beat is a lot softer and slower this time. Sveral new instruments add more flavor to an already excellent track in the second half that instantly hook me.

Definitely one of the best tracks on the album.

4/5


8. Enigma 06:09

I guess the title of the track refrences the 90's New Age band Enigma, because the beats are terribly similar to what Michael Cretu had been using back in the days.

As for the track itself it's a decent chill-out piece with no particularly strong lead melody, but some nice atmospheric sounds are present, so all-in-all it's pretty nice for what it is and does.

3/5


9. Dreamer feat Kerensa Stephens (Eguana Piano Remix) 06:32

The sad piano and Kerensa Stephens' vocals return in the final track. It's very similar in mood to the opening track, and it's just as beautiful...

4/5


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There are no terribly complicated productions on the album, most of the tracks are rather simple and most of them achieve everything they need to be. This is not the best album Side Liner has produced, but it's totally decent and it deserves to be heard.

The best track on the album is the title track No Vember. It has an excellent melody that immediately sets that special mood. I wish there were more bright tracks like that on the album, but Im still happy with the experience.

3.5/5

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