SONG: Hiding All The Stars.
CHICANE exudes in being the best 'Ibiza' style musician and it is not hard to understand why when listening to Hiding All The Stars.
Albeit most pop tunes today encompass a retro late 1970s/'80s style - Calvin Harris, La Roux, Lady Gaga, Little Boots etc - with sampling classic hits from yesteryear a penchant for musicians, but only some work to perfection.
Like Armand Van Helden's Koochy in 2000, which reached #4 in the UK charts, Chicane - real name Nick Bracegirdle - has gone all Sinclair C5, shoulder pads and Speak & Spell machine and sampled Gary Numan's Cars in a danceable re-working of a 1979 UK #1 classic.
Maintaining the spooky alien-like roaring synth melody and adding punchy bouncing bass and heavy electronic drum and clap with a filtered airy female vocal carrying the song to greater Ibiza highs, Hiding All The Stars is a pleasant dance-cum-chillout offering which Chicane is renowned for.
But Chicane's genius is to host a pop ideal with minimal lyrical imagery evoking a wonderous, dreamy appeal which is only seen in the odd sublime trance type record; for instance Robert Miles' One & One or Paul Van Dyk's Tell Me Why (The Riddle) featuring Saint Etienne.
Hiding All The Stars then is a short-but-sweet example of Chicane's catalogue of hits and like recent #7 charting UK single, Poppiholla, is melodious, resonant, repetitive and hosts a simplistic chord structure similar to previous staple tracks Offshore and Saltwater - with the latter maintaining Chicane's sampling attitude by containing vocals from Clannad.
The single's criticisms though are it sounding too near to the dance music Basshunter and Deadmau5 et al - pronounced dead mouse - are currently releasing as mainstream and include the fuzzy basslines and blaring bleeps which have become an average, nothing special norm seemingly churned out for commerce.
Meanwhile, Chicane's use of '80s sampling stylings is repeating a recent retro pattern becoming commonplace in the pop market at the moment with synthetic tinklings and pitch bends of Casio and Fairlight-style keyboards all too familiar and worn-out.
However, Chicane records beautiful music and you only have to listen to The Best of Chicane - released this year - to conclude that with his ambient synth and guitar pads adding to Bracegirdle's classically trained mindset and his ode to Erasure's Vince Clarke and the "Synthpop" golden-age of the 1980s, Chicane is the best at producing the thought-provokingly delicate yet hedonistic dance music which is seen in Hiding All The Stars.