Calm - 'Before' Vinyl - Artists Calm Genre Downtempo, Ambient Release Date 7 Sept 2022 Cat No. HYR7251 Format 12" Vinyl - Hell Yeah Recordings - Hell Yeah Recordings - Hell Yeah Recordings - Hell Yeah Recordings - Vinyl Record

Calm - 'Before' Vinyl

LABEL:   Hell Yeah Recordings

RELEASE DATE: 2022-09-07
FORMAT: 2 x 12" Vinyl
STYLE: Downtempo, Ambient

Following a CD-only release in Japan in 2021, legendary downtempo producer Calm finally releases his “Before” album on vinyl and digital courtesy of Hell Yeah. The 10-track record is a slow-burning Balearic beauty.

Calm aka Kiyotaka Fukagawa has never been to the White Isle, but he sure knows how to capture its musical essence. He has done so over a long and storied career that has taken in 17 albums and some 35 EPs on many labels including this one over the last 20-plus years. His unique blend of ambient, jazz and leftfield was last showcased on this label in 2018 with his By Your Side album, and now he does it again with another timeless and escapist offering.

The record was written, arranged, mixed and produced by Calm, but with gorgeous musical embellishments, trumpets, flutes, saxophones, violins, bass and keys played by friends and guests like Shiba, Sinsuke Fujieda, Fumiko Takeshita, Tomokazu Sugimoto, Yuichiro Kato and Toshitaka Shibata. Tracks from it have already had support from Cosmo Coleen Murphy on Worldwide FM, while Phil Mison says it is "100% reminiscent of an old Café Del Mar or José Padilla record." He is not wrong.

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