OMT (One More Tune) Records has released a massive, three disc chillout set called “Cream Chilled Electronic.” Thanks to Kate at UK music PR firm, Kish Communications, I was able to get a preview of the new compilation.
The compilation features not only almost four hours of chilled out tracks, but also some of the top names in the genre such as Air, Dido, Groove Armada, Moby, Royksopp, and Zero 7. It was a bit heavily laced with the usual tracks by those artists which are normally featured on many chillout compilations, but I think overall it has a good balance of some well-known artists but yet has some that haven’t made it big yet as well.
One of the things I first noticed on this collection of songs was the number of artists that were popular in the 80’s. There are songs by New Order, Simply Red, and Tears for Fears here. Even Chaka Khan makes an appearance! Definitely seems fitting since everyone is producing the 80’s synth pop sound these days, so why not include a few of the original artists?
My favorite track by one of the more well known artists was “Silver Cruiser” by Royksopp off of their recent release “Junior”, which has a bunch of off beat drum hits and wall of sound synth moments that took my breath away. Fortunately I was able to gain it back with the minimalistic ending. I hadn’t listened to all of “Junior” back when it came out and totally overlooked this track. Will definitely give this one more spins now!
For the newcomers (at least for me) on this album, I really enjoyed the soulful, bluesy Misti Blu by Nottingham, UK trio Amillionsons. Evening Star (Pink Frost Remix) by Todd Sparrow was a trance-like track with a great groove. It seemed like a combination of Daft Punk’s sound with Neil Tennant’s (Pet Shop Boys) vocal style. I also enjoyed another trance-y number called “November” by Norwegian Danny Andersen’s “Blackbelt Andersen” project.
There is also a bit of classical music influence on this compilation with a very well done synth version of Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” by William Orbit. “Angelica” by Lamb also has an electronic take on one of my favorite classical pieces, Debussy’s “Claire du Lune.” The main melody of the piece is there along with some synth runs and other samples that brings a new twist to an old favorite, but still maintains the delicate nature of the original.
As I wrote earlier, there are a lot of tracks on “Cream Chilled Electronic” that appear on many other chillout compilations, however that is overcome with the quality of new tracks as well as the quantity (sitxy tracks!) and the diverse nature of chillin’ music you get with this set. I’d recommend picking it up as soon as possible!