The impossibly cool (and improbably high-selling — more than five million copies at last count) Hotel Costes collection returns for a 15th instalment, and its another easy-listening hour of smooth down-tempo sounds. Thankfully, though, there’s an edge to much of the music here that means you’ll want to listen beyond hearing it in the background of a luxury hotel lobby. Opener Slackwax’s woozy torch song Close To My Fire is a gorgeous mix of Portishead and Shirley Bassey, while elsewhere, a number of tracks exclusive to the CD mean you won’t be hearing the same old suspects from a thousand other chill-out compilations. And local wonder Washington even shows up, singing on Lanu’s infectious soul-pop song Beautiful Trash.

© Star Observer 2019 | For the latest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) news in Australia, be sure to visit daily. You can also read our latest magazines or Join us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.