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 🙂