His new outlook is evident from the get go. After the beatless harmonies of "Premiss," those familiar with his older work may be taken aback by the jaunty bounce of second track "Rue Brusherie," an organic composition that features plenty of (what sounds like) live instrumentation. Cymbals interact with drums and piano keys, while a double bass forms the foundation of the track. There's even an organ to complete Raymond's virtual jazz band.
The rest of the LP follows suit, with the French producer experimenting with a range of different styles. At one stage he tries his hand at slowed-down folk pop with the wistful "Traveling Fast" (featuring the sublime vocals of Mesparrow). While another collaboration, this time with a chorus courtesy of Miss Kittin, is a deep house anthem with an irresistible bassline. Elsewhere there are further classic house ventures with "Flying Over Time," "Latitude" and "Nightfall" that touch on the jazz and classical influences that Raymond has mentioned were particularly important to the album's mood.
Indeed, by the time you get to track nine, "The Phoney Lullaby," Oxia's new direction and musical sensibilities no longer seem surprising. Delving into a variety of styles, Oxia's Tides of Mind signals that—even after decades of work in electronic music—it's possible to reinvent yourself successfully.