James Doolin - The Flow (2002)
Starting with a gem from my youth that I only recently remembered, you won't find anymore Scrapyard Mongrel productions out there because it was a one off for Rockstar Games back in 1999. The track itself is lovely, it really captures the vibe set out by the title and would fit snugly into a trip hop compilation. I love the samples in this one, distant sirens, faint voices, laughter and answering machines are all scattered throughout, ready to put the nerves up any unsuspecting listeners, under substances or otherwise.
Scrapyard Mongrels - I Love This Feeling (Stoned Again) [click to download] |HTML5|
Opening bit from Blu Mar Ten's debut will always have a place in my heart, picked it up a long time back looking for more stuff like Röyksopp's Melody A.M and has seen me through a lot since. Home Videos is quite a bit different from their usual Drum & Bass output, but I absolutey love it, everything from the title down to the hypnotic guitar work is excellently done.
Blu Mar Ten - Home Videos (The Map Of Love) [click to download] |HTML5|
Playing us out is a highlight from the KLF's landmark post-rave soundtrack aptly called Chill Out. Released in 1990, it's a concept album revolving around a road trip by night from Texas up to Louisiana, made up from bits and pieces of ambient DJ sets they'd done. The album is steeped in interesting history and backstory, to quote Bill Drummond on the LP: "I don't know what those places are like, but in my head, I can imagine those sounds coming from those places, just looking at the map."
The KLF - Madrugada Eterna [click to download] |HTML5|
-Claude Van Foxbat