As you might expect of a producer whose CV takes in labels as diverse as Pampa, DFA and Ovum, there is a lot going on in this jolly sprawl. This is house music as Gilles Peterson might define its broad parameters, a global exchange of ideas where Afrobeat and jazz, Italo disco, library music and '80s soul are as important as 4/4 beats. Boman can play it straight when he wants to—"Hello," a deliciously drowsy deep house track, could almost be Nina Kraviz. But he is too excitable to stick in that groove for long. He soon veers off into the warm, dub-disco of "No Sweden," and later onto the reggae-tinged "Animal Lovers."
Intentionally or not, Family Vacation harks back to the freewheeling, late '90s eclectic scene, which saw house, disco and instrumental hip-hop coming together in a chilled-out blend. The album's amazing lead single, "Fantastic Piano," could almost be Lemon Jelly at their most wistful. Meanwhile, the playful "Son Of A Plumber" has something of early Groove Armada or Röyksopp about it. It doesn't sound particularly cool. In fact, that is a big part of Boman's charm. Family Vacation sounds in no way calculated. Instead, it's honest, heartfelt and utterly uninhibited.