Sorry to take so long to follow up on this but I just had ear surgery and had not been feeling very motivated to finish blogging, much less listen to a lot of music. Anyway, this is a quick review of Disc 2 of Ultra Chilled 01, one of my favorite chillout compilations.
Another Chance (Afterlife Mix) – Roger Sanchez
This is a great airy track to start of disc two. It has a nice light bass beat with repetitive lyrics, making it quite hypnotic.
American Dream (Afterlife Mix) – Jakatta
The hypnotic message of Another Chance leads perfectly into this next dream-like track which includes a bit of the main theme from American Beauty. This one has great off beats of drums, but the mix stays pretty simple and doesn’t get too complex. The light piano which starts plays the movie’s theme at the beginning is a nice accompaniment to the light, seemingly angelic vocals.
One Too Many Mornings- The Chemical Brothers
I love this track. Very grand in scale, a lot like the Massive Attack track on the previous track. Great female vocals here (if someone could tell me who did them on this track, I’d much appreciate it). Great driving bass beat with accompanying off beats. Just feels like it should be at the end of an epic motion picture when the credits roll.
Childhood – Dusted
Great electronic track here. A lot like a Moby mix would be with great keyboards adding to the scale of the song. Very good, deep bass mixed in with those keyboards, mixed in with some funky eclectic dripping water-type sounds.
My Only Sin – Deep Dish/ Richard Morel
This is a great track that seemingly tells a story of love lost. The repeated lyrics “Loved you but I had to go away” haunt the writer and the listener, drawing a picture of a conflict of some sort. Also grand in scale, this is another hypnotic track that accomplishes the chillout feel quite nicely.
The Child – Alex Gopher
I love the Billie Holliday-type vocals on this one. The mix is pretty good too with some funk guitar mixed in with a lot of echo effects on the vox.
16 Again – Neon Heights
I think this one would be a great ending track on the compilation, but it is placed towards the end, so that’s close enough. I can hear a little Talking Heads in this mix and it works very well with a tight beat and sleepy vocals.
The remaining tracks are a little weak, but fit nicely in with the rest of the tracks on this great compilation. I maintain that the first disc is more interesting, but the second one holds its own with some solid tracks.