Lost Sunset Lounge

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Historically, the independent labels that have made a difference and developed passionately loyal followings were the ones that carved out a real identity for themselves. Whether their main focus was jazz Blue Note, Impulse!, CTI, Prestige, Contemporary, soul Stax, Motown, Hot Wax/Invictus, Chicago blues Chess, salsa Fania, dance-pop Salsoul, TSR, or industrial Wax Trax, the indie labels or at least independent in the beginning that had an impact were the ones that projected a vision, an identity, and a sense of purpose. And if their 2003 and 2004 releases are any indication, the independent Kriztal Entertainment certainly isn't suffering from an identity crisis. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Historically, the independent labels that have made a difference and developed passionately loyal followings were the ones that carved out a real identity for themselves. Whether their main focus was jazz Blue Note, Impulse!, CTI, Prestige, Contemporary, soul Stax, Motown, Hot Wax/Invictus, Chicago blues Chess, salsa Fania, dance-pop Salsoul, TSR, or industrial Wax Trax, the indie labels or at least independent in the beginning that had an impact were the ones that projected a vision, an identity, and a sense of purpose. And if their 2003 and 2004 releases are any indication, the independent Kriztal Entertainment certainly isn't suffering from an identity crisis. Kriztal's specialty is a kinder, gentler approach to electronica; in contrast to the abrasive, in-your-face aggression of techno, many of Kriztal's chillout, downtempo, acid jazz, and ambient releases have favored sexy seduction rather than confrontation. In many respects, Charles Afton's Lost Sunset Lounge is exactly what one had come to expect from Kriztal by early 2004 -- Afton's electronica is funky and rhythmic, but it is also smooth, polished, lush, and sleek. And at the same time, this instrumental disc isn't without grit. Anyone who expects Lost Sunset Lounge to have the unmitigated tranquillity of new age will be disappointed -- producer/composer Afton is way too energetic and backbeat-minded to give listeners a new age experience. Arguably, a CD like Lost Sunset Lounge is to instrumental electronica what Chic was to disco-soul in the late '70s -- Afton is funky in a decidedly uptown way -- but unlike a typical Chic song, Afton's electronic grooves don't adhere to a traditional chorus/verse/chorus/verse format. Lost Sunset Lounge isn't the best CD that Kriztal put out in 2004, but it's a decent, pleasantly noteworthy example of the company's softer approach to electronica.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Kriztal Records
  • UPC: 610205302122
  • Catalog Number: 3021
  • Sales rank: 336,895

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roadster (3:58)
  2. 2 Therapy, Pt. 1 (5:23)
  3. 3 Fast Cars/Naked Women (4:50)
  4. 4 Agent Dream (4:09)
  5. 5 Dub Flight (4:48)
  6. 6 Jaguba (4:15)
  7. 7 A Shade Cool (4:36)
  8. 8 People (3:28)
  9. 9 Bird Sky Blue (4:54)
  10. 10 Belize Azure (5:22)
  11. 11 Beautiful Mind (5:09)
  12. 12 Dance at the Sunset Fire (3:51)
  13. 13 Prelude to a Groove (5:01)
  14. 14 Midnight Flame (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Afton Primary Artist, Keyboards
Paul Barrientos Jr. Guitar
Technical Credits
Charles Afton Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
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