VARIOUS ARTISTS – Fig & Olive: The Music Collection

Album: Fig & Olive: The Music Collection

Artist: Various Artists

Label: Sony

Release Date: December 03, 2013

Fig and Olive

www.sonymusic.com

 

BY JOSE MARTINEZ

 

We’re used to compilations accompanying movies as soundtracks or released as tributes, but records put out by a restaurant, that’s a first. But that’s exactly what chic restaurant Fig &Olive has done with its new Fig & Olive The Music Collection release.

 

With posh locations in New York’s Meatpacking District, trendy Melrose Place in Los Angeles, Fashion Island on Newport Beach, and Chicago’s posh Oak Street, Fig & Olive aims to create a laid back vibe at its restaurants and that’s exactly what Fig & Olive resident DJ and Music Director Julien Nolan managed to do when putting the compilation together. The 16-track release offers an eclectic, yet well-balanced, blend of tracks inspired by the elegant lifestyle of St. Tropez and Cannes. Filled with lush and loungey tracks that sooth, relax and set the soundtrack for a festive and elegant night out, the compilation is billed as a warm music selection of seductive grooves from the French, Spanish and Italian Riviera.

 

With artists such as Imogen Heap, Nouvelle Vague, Ivy, and Poolside, this is music to lounge to with a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine in hand.

“There’s a powerful factor that music plays at Fig & Olive,” Nolan explains, “and with this collection it is our desire to offer our take on a perfect soundtrack with a range of artists and styles we’ve come to love.”

 

Nolan, born in the South of France but now a resident of Los Angeles, brings an eclectic and sophisticated sound with a unique blend of Downtempo and Nu Disco. I was surprised I took to the collection so quickly. I’m more the rock guy but the vibe and mood is so constant and consistent that it really works, even though most of the artists, with the exception of a few, I haven’t heard of before. “Dedicado” by Don Gorda Project sounds like something Rodrigo y Gabriela would do. And Poolside’s cover of Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” is inspiring. This isn’t music I want to run a marathon to or listen to while I demolish a house (if I was so inclined to ever demolish a house) but it’s great to relax, host a dinner or cocktail party, or get seductive or funky.

 

Track listing:

 

1.      “The Fall” by Rhye

2.      “Lost and Found” by Moya

3.      “Dedicado” by Don Gorda Project

4.      “Towers” by Bonobo

5.      “First Train Home” by Imogen Heap

6.      “Early Morning” by Isaac Delusion

7.      “Voilǎ Les Anges” by Nouvelle Vague

8.      “I Still Want You” by Ivy

9.      “Take Me Away” by Indiekid

10.   “Harvest Moon” by Poolside

11.   “Hausch” by Andhim

12.   “Meant For You” by Kris Menace

13.   “You Make Me Feel Good” by Satin Jackets

14.   “Soleil” by Roosevelt

15.   “Wind Blows” by Chateau Marmont

16.   “Swept Away” by Parra for Cuva

 

DOWNLOAD: “I Still Want You” and “Take Me Away”

 

Jose Martinez is the founder of LAdineNclub.com.

 

 

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