Hotel Costes, Vol. 5
Numero di cd: 1CD..mixed by Stéphane Pompougnac
Uscita: 26 Settembre 2002
The fifth installment in Stéphane Pompougnac’s wildly popular series, Hôtel Costes 5 dishes up more of the impeccably classy, impossibly cool lounge beats that Pompougnac regularly spins for Jean-Louis Costes and his guests at the famous hotel in Paris.
As on all the others in this series, Pompougnac’s lithe, fun mix features the good taste, smooth textures, and chic musique that his clientele demands. Pompougnac’s DJ ears catch perfect segues others might miss, like the little pieces of Vision’s dramatic “Ponger Star” that can be found in the preceding track, “Cocaine Is a Sin” from the Strike Boys.
The usual clever touches are present as well, like Fantastic Plastic Machine’s wonderfully fey cover of Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out.” For those of us not fortunate enough to spend our nights soaking up Parisian luxury after a long day of sashaying down the runway, Pompougnac’s records allow for a certain vicarious thrill, though more blue-collar ears will yearn for some dirt. After all, dance music at its core is supposed to be dirty, soaked to the bone with sex and sweat.
But while Pompougnac’s style may lack blood and guts, it’s an awfully pretty skeleton just the same.