Playlist: Chillout Part 2 – General Chill


Brace yourselves, because there could be a few more “playlist”-themed posts coming up.  Or there might not.  Depends on which way the wind blows.  Or whether or not people express a strong opinion or another in the comments.

In the last Playlist post, I rapid-fired off a list of excellent chillout tunes that were tinged with ethnic accents, for those who were new to the genre and, lost in paralysis by analysis, needed a couple of personal recommendations with which to get started.

This list serves a nearly-identical function, sans the tabla and chanting (OK, there might still be some chanting).  Not that this generalized, secular chillout is watered-down or bleached-out in any way – it’s not.  It’s every bit as mesmerizing and captivating as its ethnic-based sibling, but might be a bit more palatable among a wider variety of age groups or philosophical leanings.

So, here goes, in no particular order…

  • William Orbit – you can’t go wrong with this guy, even if you tried, but some of his best songs include: “In the Name of the Wave”, “Transmogrified”, “Fragamosia”, and basically anything off the “Hello Waveforms” release (2006).
  • Abakus – another group in which it’s hard to take a wrong turn; some of my favorites from these folks include “A Whole New Way of Looking At the Day”, “California Sunshine”, and “Igamatik”.
  • Groove Armada – “Chicago” (among the first chillout tunes I ever heard and latched onto, circa 2003)
  • 1 Giant Leap – “Passion”
  • Nightmares on Wax – “Les Nuits”
  • Enigma – “Principles of Lust”, and “Mea Culpa”, among others (comprised, along with Banco De Gaia, some of the very earliest chillout I was ever exposed to, circa 1994)
  • Jens Buchert – another artist that simply won’t do you wrong no matter which track or release you randomly dial up, but the song “Spirit of a Dream” has a special place in my heart
  • Boozoo Bajou – “Under My Sensitivity” (the version from Ambient Lounge Volume 1, a various artists compilation – it’s important to get this version, because if memory serves, it’s totally different than that of the LP release)
  • Tripswitch – “Roll Your Own” – kind of like a 21-century Wild West meets a strolling beat
  • Kettel – “Stevie Bam (Jackson Remix)”
  • Dousk – “Sidewalk Lovin'” and “Anagram”
  • Lemongrass – “Je Sais” and “Sunrise on Fujiyawa” (OK, the latter might be a little ethnic for this list, but not overly so).
  • Tosca – “Suzuki”
  • Kruder & Dorfmeister – “Original Bedroom Rockers” (among some of my earlier chillout faves, from about 1996)
  • Lemongrass – “Elle Et Moi”
  • Ulrich Schnauss – “Wherever You Are”
  • Faze Action – “Goodbye Remedy”

Seeing the discrepancy between the brevity of this list and the vastness of my collection, I’m sure there’ll be a Part 2B to this post 🙂

Enjoy 🙂


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