We breathe, we eat, we sleep. We seek connection. These are our basic human needs.
But there is one more need we all share, and it centres on stories. All across the world, stories are being recounted everywhere, in every imaginable way, at any given time. For telling stories is at the very essence of what it is to be human.
The universe of stories can be broken down into seven basic plots which underlie all stories ever told. Recognising these patterns is the gateway to unravelling the universal symbolic language from which all storytelling is spun.
With Voyage & Return, Chapter 24 returns with seven tracks collected from artists across the world to bring these themes to life.
This broad-ranging edition of the series spans storytelling electronica from Peruvian Luis Leon, while NO GRAVITY and Olivier Weiter offer two variations on the broken beat theme. Meanwhile, label newcomers Yacine Dessouki & Alani make their own contribution with the organic house of the powerful opening track.
Elsewhere big dancefloor cuts are offered by QUARTZ and Several Definitions, before deft emotional composition from Christopher Ivor brings the compilation to a clean and satisfying close.
They say that there are only seven basic plots but a thousand different stories.
And so, as the storyteller utters that age-old, magical phrase "Once upon a time...", let yourself be carried away.