Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

I-Stical
3 Stan
Istical Music
CD
July 12 - 2003

Track list
  1. Stepin Out
  2. Hiya
  3. East Meets West
  4. Creve La Faim United
  5. Fly Away
  6. Dubhead
  7. Above The Clouds
  8. Kali Riddim
  9. Les Voyages De L'Ame feat Boeuf
  10. A Journey
  11. Sarth's Cry
  12. Hiya Loop Remix
  13. Forward !
  14. I-Stical
  15. Religions
  16. Un Temps Pour Tout
  17. Wind Of Change
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 2
From the lovely France comes this interesting cd, containing some 17 tracks from a guy called Ainsco Tristan, artist name 3Stan. He is a 26 year old bredren from France. He plays all the instruments here himself : guitar, keyboard, melodica and percussion. He also uses electronic equipment such as drum machine & sampler. Furthermore he's responsable for the vocals as well as the production.
It's not easy to catagorise the kind of music he delivers on this album. The artist describes it as "My sound is original. Overall my music is mellow, chill, deep, melancolic and has a 'far east' feel to it. The lyrics are conscious, the vibe mystical. I heavily rely on vibes (the instrument) and melodica for gripping melodies, and on a phat bass for solid foundation."
He is definitely influenced by all styles of reggae music, but he tries to take the music, one, or even more steps further, adding newer electronic sounds to it as well as a touch of classic French folk songs vibe. The most songs are mid tempo tunes. Some of the up tempo tunes are standout tracks. Check out Above The Clouds and Fly Away two of our favorite tracks here.
The album is divided into two distinct parts and it explores many different genres, the dominant one being dub (newer UK style), but also dancehall, roots , drum and bass, ambient and more... The first part are his current tunes (tracks 1-12). These are more electronical songs, while the second part (tracks 13-17) is more rootical, using 'real' instruments for his songs. We give preference to these tracks, but for those who prefer a subtle mix of steppers dub and ambient we can recommend the first twelve tracks.
It's a good thing the artist has used only self penned material. Listening to this album we must say he must have a creative mind. It's not main stream reggae music, but music closely related to the works of Augustus Pablo, Bill Laswell and Dub Funk Association, to name but a few !