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Chilled Ibiza Vol.1

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Genre: Dance & Electronic - Ambient / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2000-08-28 at Esp

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      20.11.2002 20:59
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      I am serious need of some chilling out. My job is getting me down, the 2 women in my life are demanding more than I can offer. (The wife and daughter!) I was looking through some old CD's and came across this one, and thought it might just do the trick. Released in August 2000, this was one of the first of the new breed of chill out albums, which seemed to become so popular last year. Maybe it is a sign of how stressful our lives have become, or maybe that we are desperately looking for new mediums to relax us and act as antedotes to the high octane music which pound us day in day out, and until now I though it was a bit of bandwagon jumping in the main, and none of them had really attracted me, as I though they would be bland and boring. There are so many tracks on this double CD which are recognisable, but before now I would not have known anything else about them, and it is not a CD that I can give a track by track review on, as they tend to merge together, and it is hard to define the subtle differences in each track. That said though, I did have ome favourites. 'Slip Into Something More Comfortable' from Kinobe was one of the instantly recognisable songs with a carefully arranged string section, and certainly one that give out the correct messages. I am a fan of Groove Armada anyway, but it was a lovely surprise to hear the amazing track 'The River' on here. You know the one....'if you're fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there'. Brilliant stuff, but not the best!! For me the supreme track was 'Porcelain' from Moby. This is the one that you can heat played during the film 'The Beach', but it was pushed close by 'Teardrops' from Massive Attack which is magnificent and has such a distinctive vocal. I have to say that my pre judgement of this new genre has been way off the mark, and I will certainly be making this a more permanant and promin
      ent part of my CD collection, and the various styles will fit well no matter what mood I am in, and it was nice to hear so many talented vocalists, as I was dreading some instrumental album which would send me into a slumber. A thoroughly enjoyable album, but now I need to find somewhere to put my new hammock, so when I listen to it again with my chilled bottle of lager, I can capture the full ambience! What I would say though, is if youown one chillout album then save your money and don't buy anymore, and the majority of the tracks are the same on all of them.

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        31.08.2001 00:38
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        Seems to me everywhere I turn at the moment another chill-out album is being thrown at me; Chilled Breakdown On an Ibiza Beach Towel 2 featuring all the same chilled tracks by the same bloke or chilled mixes of hard trance tracks that no one ever listens to. From my opening line you may be able to tell that the onslaught of “laid back” vibes does not impress me. As you probably know there is nothing more irritating and condescending as someone telling you to “chill out”, as it implies that your not cool, not The Dude and probably in need of sedation. However the public and the record industry’s embrace of all things chill has happened for a couple of reasons. Firstly for the last decade we have been pummelled with some of the hardest, fastest and most relentless dance music the world has ever known, at the moment it seems as if the last of the lemon is being squeezed with a whole sack full of pointless derivative tracks, thus we of this music generation are both tired and in need of music that is more fulfilling without us having to put as much effort in. This leads me on to the point that a lot of this music is very well made, and encompasses a wide range of musical styles through, hip-hop, pop, jazz, soul, and electronica as well as covering a large space of time, old tunes sounding comfortable alongside new nuggets. So what of Chilled Ibiza, this simply titled, double CD from those wacky guys over at Warner Brothers? Well it blows every other chill-out album I’ve seen out of the water. The track selection of both CD’s is superb, blending together tracks by artists such as Zero 7, Kinobe and Aim with classics by Sabres of Paradise, Underworld, Vangelis, Bjork and Terry Callier. This subtle mix of quality pop and leftfield coffee shop soundscapes works well in that you sing and tap along to the really well know tunes while letting your mind drift along to the tracks which all s
        ound comfortingly familiar. This is exactly how good chill-out music should be. CD 1 begins with Kinobe’s Slip Into Something More Comfortable, which let’s you in slowly with it’s refined strings sample and ambles along from there. This is quickly followed by Groove Armada’s At the River, with the longing vocal sample of “if your fond of sand dunes and salty air…” These two tracks are probably on every chill out album around but familiarity quickly let’s you know where you are and suddenly your into the fantastic Zero 7 mix of Love Theme From Spartacus by Terry Callier. Zero 7 smoothly pops up again with This World and before you know it your drifting along in a world of calm with Massive Attack, Knightmares On Wax, Bent and Energy 52 all quietly popping in with gentle, laid back grooves. By the end of the CD you have no choice but to be totally chilled. Could the CD 2 improve on this? The start of CD 2 is a refreshing wake up call after CD 1 has bludgeoned you to the point of melting with its aural feather pillows. It starts with the upbeat but truly fantastic 3 kilos by the Prodigy, a clean, beaty track with a catchy flute hook. You get to nod away to Porcelain by Moby, the classic Play Dead by Bjork and David Arnold, the epic and beautiful Gorecki by Lamb. Then the overlooked but brilliant Cold Water Music by Aim, a haunting track with crisp beats that may just put a smile on your face. The relentless quality does by no means stop here; with Saint Etienne’s brilliant Only Love can Break Your Heart and Grid’s Flotation popping up. The only odd addition seems to be that of Underground by the Sneaker Pimps, while a good track it seems just a bit out of place here. However this minor point is quickly forgotten when you hear the opening “blinks” of Smokebeltch II by The Sabres of Paradise, a truly classic track and enough to lift any stressed heart. The wind do
        wn continues until we are left with the dreamy, sultry sounds of Love Theme from Bladerunner by Vangelis. By now any listener would be dreaming of a sun-drenched beach with only breaking wave to hustle the calm. Since this is a dream you and partner(s) of your choice are the only ones on this beach, there are no sweaty, dehydrated ravers, no posers rolling around in dainty thongs, and not a Man Utd shirt in site! I will not say that this album is the perfect chill-out album, I will not say it’s a substitute for winding away the hours on Las Salinas beach in Ibiza, I will say that it provide sweet and easily accessible sun-kissed grooves that will have you nodding your head, whistling or just laying back and reclining in blissful enjoyment. Check it out!

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Slip into something more comfortable - Kinobe
        2 The river - Groove Armada
        3 Love Theme from Spartacus - Terry Callier
        4 This world - Zero 7
        5 Universe unfolding - Oversoul Feat. Gram'ma Funk
        6 Teardrop - Massive Attack
        7 Finer - Nightmares On Wax
        8 Lebanese Blonde - Thievery Corporation
        9 Traveller - Talvin Singh
        10 Swollen - Bent
        11 Ibizarre - Lazy Living
        12 Terrapin - Bonobo
        13 Synaesthesia - The Thrillseekers
        14 Moments in love - Art of Noise
        15 Cafe Del mar - Energy 52
        16 Adagio for Strings - William Orbit

        Disc #2 Tracklisting
        1 Kilos - The Prodigy
        2 La Passionara - Blow Monkeys
        3 Porcelain - Moby
        4 Play Dead - Bjork & David Arnold
        5 Sofa Rockers - Sofa Surfers
        6 Gorecki - Lamb
        7 Past - Sub Sub
        8 Cold Water Mix - Aim
        9 Floatation - The Grid
        10 Only Love Can Break Your heart - Saint Etienne
        11 Underground - Sneaker Pimps
        12 Reach out - Midfiled General Feat. Linda Lewis
        13 Smokebelch II - The Sabres of Paradise
        14 Weather Storm - Craig Armstrong
        15 Second Hand - Underworld
        16 Immigrant - Natin Sawhney
        17 Release The pressure - Leftfield Feat. Earl Sexteen
        18 Love Theme from Bladerunner - Vangelis