Audio CD (September 21, 2004)
Original Release Date: September 21, 2004
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Intent City
Title: Reality Check
Format: Unmixed Audio CD
Label: IntentCity Record
Genre: Downtempo | Dub | New Age
Size: 120.00 Mb
Time: 52' 46" min
Bitrate: Lame 3.9.7 CBR 320 kb/sec Full Stereo
In Govinda's [Shane O'Madden] latest release on Intentcity Records, Shane OMadden continues to explore sensual textures inspired by the world. Chilled out beats accompany longing violin and dubbed out vocalists from around the earth. Appearances by Juliana Sheffield, Kayt Jourdanson, Chrysta Bell, Naga Valli Medicharla and Sandrine Lingabue complete this new exploration in sound.
01. Charming the Serpent
02. City of Peace
03. Electric Gypsy
04. Feel You
05. Love Glitch
07. Los Golondrinas
08. 10,000 Years
09. Inner Membrane
10. Hypnotic (Redubbed)
12. Do I Dream
In Govinda's latest release on Intentcity Records, Shane OMadden continues to explore sensual textures inspired by the world. Chilled out beats accompany longing violin and dubbed out vocalists from around the earth. Appearances by Juliana Sheffield, Kayt Jourdanson, Chrysta Bell, Naga Valli Medicharla and Sandrine Lingabue complete this new exploration in sound.
Worlds Within is a deep dub groove based transglobal journey into the mysterious downtempo moods of Govinda. This exotic exploration weaves in and out of pure blissful electronica alongside worldbeat trip hop arrangements as sexy chilled beats create a backdrop for the inner musings of a true musical pioneer. Always pushing the envelope with his unique sound, Govinda shares his creative talents as violinist, poet and groove gypsy on this sound sculpted erotic caravan.
Infused with elements of the gypsy violin and sounds of far eastern passions this stylish foray into western modern music invites us into the worlds within of Govinda.
Wow....I don't think an album has entranced me this much since the first Enigma album from 1990....no, change that: since 1994's "Pure" by The Golden Palominos....Anyway, I'm a total newbie to the music of Govinda (real name Shane O'Madden). I came across "Worlds Within" while it was playing in a music store recently, and I was instantly hooked on it. This is a *fantastic* album: hypnotic, seductive, sensual, hypnotising, atmospheric....in other words, the kind of music I absolutely go for. The way Govinda weaves dub, electronica, world, pop, and new age into one glorious tapestry of music is just breathtaking. I can't even spotlight a single track for you: "Worlds Within" comes across to me like a single, 53-minute musical opus divided into twelve parts. All I can tell you is that this is magnificently sensual music. Govinda is a brilliantly talented musician, composer & producer, and I definitely plan to check out some more of his work. In the meantime, buy "Worlds Within." Turn out the lights, and enjoy.
Although the most recent offering from Govinda can barely hold a flame and keep it lit next to such masterpieces as 'Oh Earthly Gods', 'Entwined & Entranced', and maybe even 'Erotic Rhythms From Earth', I am happy to report that 'Worlds Within' is a step above Shane O'Madden's last studio recording, 'Echoes of Eden', which to me sounded rushed, uninspired, and rather disappointing to my biased ears. Coming from some other artist I probably would have enjoyed what I heard a lot more but in his case I have come to expect a certain standard of excellence and knew that he was capable of doing much better.
It was with the release of 'Erotic Rhythms From Earth' that I started detecting a slight shift in sound. However, after a brief hiatus, he emerged like a butterfly with a complete musical transformation (not to mention a new label), only he hasn't fully spread his wings yet. Now, I don't know whether that has anything to do with the change in style or not but if you were to listen to one of his earlier albums along with one of his newer ones back to back, you'd swear they were completely different groups (and please be aware that there are in fact two Govinda's here on Amazon). The only recognizable feature is his trademark violin playing. With 'Worlds Within' he seems to have put more effort into his work, though, as it sounds more thought-provoking and evocative. The chilled electronic beats are served fresh with some exotic gypsy/western (mostly Indian) influences, as well as the occasional female cooing that sound less like a watered down version of Karsh Kale and more like an evolution into something grand, and I am more than ready to embark on this journey.
The genious within multi-faceted Shane O'Madden has thus returned and is prayerfully here to awe us with further musings of enticing beauty and hypnotic world grooves.
Ok..case point Govinda...the master of sensual groove poetry. For those of you who have not seen his live show or heard of him, this musician is truly gifted. Worlds Within is a perfect Govinda sound for those who want to hear what the hype is all about. The blend of electronica, worldbeat and mood make this artists music hip and stylish. I wish more people understood what Govinda was about. Listen, Hear, Tune In and you will know what i am talking about.