British composer, writer, and multi instrumentalist Paul Hardcastle is smoother than ever after four decades with his tenth studio album Hardcastle X (The Eclipse). Known for his successes with the 1984 instrumental dance track "Rainforest" and his work with the "Jazzmasters" series. Hardcastle X features collaborations with both his daughter, international DJ/singer/producer Maxine Hardcastle, and son Paul Hardcastle Jr., who has built a reputation as a world class and much sought after saxophonist, percussionist and DJ.
"Wavelength" is a beautifully- crafted track with Hardcastle's signature cosmic sounds and trumpet samples. It sets the pace for a quiet oasis reminiscent of peaceful moments at sea, on a beach or sitting alone. "Coastline Crusader" is a fast pace groove featuring long time collaborator Rock Hendricks blowing with smooth saxophone riffs and improvisations leading Hardcastle's light touches of keyboard sounds. "Smile" is an undeniably classic melody originally composed by Charlie Chaplin and recorded by Nat King Cole. Paul Hardcastle, Jr. plays a smooth rendition. On "Why Do We Dream" Hardcastle delivers with his moody synthesized sounds while soft, dreamy, chanted voices ring out asking the questions "why do we dream" and "am I really dreaming?" "Flight of the Phoenix" is sexy and smooth. Hardcastle creates magic instrumentally with saxophone melodies and samples with a soft touch of piano riffs. "Soaring Like an Eagle" is beautifully uplifting, with a soft saxophone swaying back and forth on a groove that fades out quietly. "The Eclipse" features the sound of a smooth saxophone, angelic keyboards aligned with amazing energy.
Wavelength; Come to Me; Coastline Crusader; Why Do We Dream; Skylight; Flight of the
Phoenix; Angelic Chimes; Smile; The Slow Jam; Eyes Closed; Soaring Like an Eagle; The Eclipse.
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