Sounds Like Sander: “Vitamin S”
“Sure to win your heart with summer anthem ‘More’, certain not only to evoke memories but to create them”
“The only pill you need this summer’”
Sander Kalmeijer: Biography
Sander Kalmeijer is a man born with the summer in his heart. His travels have taken him to the furthest flung corners of the globe in search of perfect sounds - which he has collected, distilled, bottled and serves to you in a heady cocktail called Sounds Like Sander. The first fruits of the project are ripe and ready for your listening pleasure, in the form of the album “Vitamin S”.
A labour of love, and culmination of several years work, “Vitamin S” sees Sander collaborating with musicians from all over the world: Turkey, Mexico, Bulgaria, North America and Australia. With every collaboration, the album has grown - as a collection of subtle flavours and colourful personalities, giving “Vitamin S” a truly global perspective.
All the ingredients are there for the perfect summer record - a laid-back chill-out album, awash with mellow grooves and ambient lounge-jazz – it’s a formula that is as much at home at wild parties on the beach, or simply sitting quietly, meditating as the waves lap around you.
Vibes and grooves are front and centre – lush textures, layers of sounds reminiscent of some of the greats of the genre – from the gentle rhythms, insistent vibes and lounge-jazz of Sven Van Hees and from St Germain to Air, from Telepopmusik to Thievery Corporation, from Bebel Gilberto to Gare Du Nord.
“For me, this cd represents growth”, says Sander, his passion obvious in every word, “I have seen some amazing places and met some lifetime friends along the way. All of that made me a richer human being and I think I am more confident and just more relaxed than a few years ago”.
But why “Vitamin S”? Perhaps it stands for “Sander” or even “Sounds Like Sander”? Maybe it’s “sun”, “sea”, “sand”, “sex”, “sangria”? Maybe it’s “summer”. Maybe it’s all of those things and more. The truth is, it is whatever you want it to be. The S is in your mind. There’s one thing for sure though, “Everyone needs a good dose of Vitamin S...”.
Vitamin S is being released under a Creative Commons licence and will be available on all the major digital music platforms including eMusic and iTunes. The opening number of the album is available as a free download and it features a video clip recorded in Fiji and Vanuatu in the South Pacific.
But enough words. Sounds Like Sander is about the Sounds of Summer – so settle back in an easy chair, pour a mojito and let your mind drift to azure seas, golden beaches that never end, and give yourself a healthy shot of “Vitamin S”. It Sounds Like Sander. And Sander sounds like summer....
Chris Merriman – May 2009