Dubbed “The Intimate Side of Buddha Lounge,” Sequoia Groove’s “Hotel Tara” series echoes the latter’s proclivity for high quality global grooves, only with the mellowness factor increased tenfold. David & Steve Gordon, resident mixmasters on this ambient excursion, cherry-picked a simply luscious collection of down-tempo gems for your lounging pleasure, chilled to the point of transcendent bliss. The opening track, “Navajo” from Jens Gad is a prime example of what you can expect across the board – sensual rhythms, a sea of fluid synthesizers and sublime melodies that bubble up here and there with the effervescence of club soda. Achillea’s “Shears from Scar” evokes a sunrise over the beaches of Ibiza and Win Meyerson’s “Samsara” finds a balance between corner jazz club chic and Asian mysticism. Great addition to the series!