Tuesday, 9 June 2009


The latest Ministry of Sound chillout album came out last year - I don't know how it slipped by me but I've gotten a hold of it now and it's full of flowing, weaving melodies and pretty little voices. Also, there's a healthy slice of french electro. It seems as Ministry of Sound clocked on to the fact that France is putting out some of the best electro out there right now as they've included songs by Sebastien Tellier, Fred Falke and other artists producing that retro, disco sound. Of course, if you don't like this kind of stuff (shame on you), there's tracks by Amy Winehouse, Feist and many more.

Anyway, below are some of the highlights of the album. Unfortunately, using the word 'highlights' makes it seem as if the compilation also comes with lowlights. This is not true. If someone gave me a metaphorical highlighter I would probably metaphorically highlight every track on it... ...

Back to the music:

Fred Falke - 9:09 PM At the Beach
The french house producer's become notorious for putting out some hot remixes recently. Here's one of his original tracks. There must be a song similar to this in Napolean Dynamite because every time this kicks in I picture him dancing with that girl in the disco.

Bag Raiders - Shooting stars
That tightly-wound retro synth riff may annoy you at first but it's infectuous and it'll stick in your head. Complete with looser, airy synths and cheesy vocals making it sound like a euphoric beat straight out of the '70s.

Lisa Mitchell - Neopolitan Dreams
Dreamy french disco aside, Lisa Mitchell is one of those mega-innocent, mega-cute sounding girls who should definetely feature on one of those trendy mobile phone adverts. You'll know exactly what I mean when you listen to this. It's unbelievably twee and I'm reluctant to call it a guilty pleasure because it's just a really lovely song.

The album is all mixed so apologies for other songs popping in at the beginning/end of the above. I hope you'll appreciate these tunes nevertheless.

This song is not on the chillout mix but both artists feature on it and I feel that's a good enough reason to unleash this super cool track upon you. Listen to it - you'll be flying down sunset boulevard in a a retro pink convertible with your aviators in no time:

Sebastien Tellier - Kilometer (Aeroplane Italo '84 Remix)

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