Category Archives: Chill Out

LEFTFIELD-LEFTISM.

LEFTFIELD-LEFTISM. In previous articles, I have often written about artists who have been pioneers, who have either produced a groundbreaking album that has had huge affect on music, artists who are pioneers and innovators, leaders not followers. This article will feature another group who are pioneers, and have been credited with being one of the …

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FUG-READY FOR US.

FUG-READY FOR US. Recently I wrote an article on Block 16, who had recorded their Morning Sun album on Nuphonic, a sadly lamented label, that for an eight year period, released some wonderful music. After writing that article, I was looking through some of my old albums and chanced upon another album released on Nuphonic, …

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COCTEAU TWINS-MILK AND KISSES.

COCTEAU TWINS-MILK AND KISSES. The album that this article is about, is the final album by one of the best bands to come out of Scotland in the last thirty years. They were a hugely influential band, who were innovative and pioneering, and in turn, have influenced a new generation of musicians. During their career, …

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MASSIVE ATTACK-BLUE LINES.

MASSIVE ATTACK-BLUE LINES. Recently I wrote an article about Portishead, a group from Bristol, who were pioneers of the trip hop scene. In this article, I will write about another group who were at the forefront of the trip hop scene, and who did as much to popularize, and develop trip hop as a musical …

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DOWNTEMPO MUSIC-SOME OF ITS FINEST MOMENTS.

DOWNTEMPO MUSIC-SOME OF ITS FINEST MOMENTS. For some time, I have been planning a retrospective of downtempo music. Immediately, I hear you say downtempo music, what is that? Downtempo music is the way I describe what many people would call chill-out music. I have chosen to use the term downtempo music because for a while, …

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PORTISHEAD-DUMMY.

PORTISHEAD-DUMMY. In previous articles, I have written about groups who were innovators within their chosen genre. Previously, I have written articles about King Tubby, Kraftwerk, The Orb and Primal Scream. Each of theses groups have produced albums that have been influential in various ways. King Tubby pioneered dub reggae and is believed to have invented …

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THE ORB-THE ORB’S ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD.

THE ORB-THE ORB’S ADVENTURES BEYOND THE ULTRAWORLD. Recently, I wrote and article about one of electronic music’s most influential and pioneering groups Kraftwerk. In that article, I said that Kraftwerk had influenced future generations of musicians, including electronic and dance artists. One of the artists who they had a huge influence on was The Orb. …

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LABEL FOCUS-OM RECORDS.

LABEL FOCUS-OM RECORDS. Om Records is a San Francisco based record label, that was founded in 1995 by Chris Smith. Since then, Om Records have released a wide array of compilation and artist albums, ranging from house music to hip hop. Since then, Om Records have set up a number of other sub-labels and affiliated …

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COCTEAU TWINS-HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS.

COCTEAU TWINS-HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS. In a previous article about Annie Barker, and her album Mountains and Tumult, I mentioned that former Cocteau Twin, Robin Guthrie, produced the album, and that Annie Barker sounded like Liz Fraser, another former Cocteau Twin. This made me think that maybe the time was right for an article about …

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JERRY BURNS-JERRY BURNS.

JERRY BURNS-JERRY BURNS. The album that I am about review has a sumptuous, atmospheric and dreamlike sound. It is a laid back, musical soundscape that transports you on a journey that will soothe your weary soul. The album is by Jerry Burns and is called Jerry Burns. It was released back in 1992, and this …

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NIGHTMARES ON WAX-SMOKERS DELIGHT.

NIGHTMARES ON WAX-SMOKERS DELIGHT. Smoker’s Delight is the second album from Nightmares On Wax. It was released back in 1995 on Warp Records. Nightmares On Wax’s first album was A Word of Science The 1st and Final Chapter and was released on 1991.  On that album George Evelyn worked with Kevin Harper, who subsequently left …

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FRAGILE STATE-THE FACTS AND THE DREAMS.

FRAGILE STATE-THE FACTS AND THE DREAMS. Fragile State’s debut album The Facts and the Dreams was released in September 2003 on the Bar De Lune label. Fragile State are Ben Mynott and Neil Cowley. They wrote, arranged, mixed and produced all of the ten tracks on The Facts and the Dreams. Both of them have …

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TELEFUZZ-SLEEP.

TELEFUZZ-SLEEP. Telefuzz’s album Sleep was released in 2002. This, to me, is a glorious example of downtempo music. Others may refer to this as trip-hop, ambient or chill-out music. Regardless of  how one would categorise this album, The Telefuzz sound on Sleep is a complex, almost psychedelic soundscape. This album is multi-layered and multi-textured and …

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NITIN SAWHNEY-BEYOND SKIN.

NITIN SAWHNEY-BEYOND SKIN. When I first started writing about Nitin Sawhney’s album Beyond Skin, I had intended this review to be part of an article I am writing about downtempo albums. However, when doing the research for this article I realised that to do the album justice, it would be better if I wrote a …

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GREAT ALBUM COVERS VOLUME 1: 15 OF THE BEST

GREAT ALBUM COVERS VOLUME 1: 15 OF THE BEST. Recently, whilst looking through a large number of old albums, I was struck by how many great album covers I came across. Funnily enough, not every great album cover I came across was to be found on an album that one would call a classic album. …

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