THE best chill-out album of all time imo. Music database All music gave the album five stars out of five, opining that “the impossibly deep beats on almost every track simply couldn’t have been recorded by any other act” and referred to the music as “the most blissfully blunted music the world has ever heard. 17 years after its release, I still listen to it every month or so, mesmerized by its dubby soundscapes and hypnotic landscapes. What makes this a masterpiece is the perfect mix between original samples and new arrangement, especially basses and delays. I started listening to this release a few years ago, and it STILL sounds fresh when I listen today – and this doesn’t happen with many of my albums. Could this be the quintessential intelligent downbeat chill-out album of all time? You came home from the club spangly eyed and twitchin and you put on the K&D Sessions, like a reflex action, it wasn’t concious thought that did it, it was what you did, it was almost an unwritten law. And through the buzz of the Heads coming down, the rustle of rizzlas, the soupy herbal haze drifted K&D’s sumptuous serving of chilled beats and baselines. It swoops and rolls, slides and shuffles, cossets and supports then messes you up with ghostly, icy fingers tickling your very soul. Heck one of their remixes was even used in a movie with Daniel Craig. K&D are that cool.
Here is the mix on Soundcloud :
Weird things happen…I was writting a blog post on my top 20 records of all time which includes Paul’s Boutique by Beastie boys and heard the tragic news that MCA lost his battle with cancer. Deciding to postponed the whole thing I instead bought a compilation of all Beastie boys’s samples entitled : The Beastie boys sample source collection. Needless to say it’s a MUST have for fans of Beastie boys, funky music, old school and rares grooves such as jazz as Jeremy Steig’s Howling for Judy serves as the backbone for Sure shot, and the infamous When the levee breaks obviously has been sampled by producer Rick Rubin on the Boy’s first album and opening track : Rhymin & Stealing from Ill communication (1986)…I have therefore put together a mix with some of my favorite funky tracks with Led Zeppelin, from rock to funk, soul, jazz, disco, hip-hop, downtempo and even bossa nova ! My top 20 will have to wait, MCA, RIP bro, you will be missed..But the legacy of sampling will remain forever! Tracklisting here.
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. is an American spy-fi TV series that aired on NBC for one season from September 16, 1966 to April 11, 1967. The series was a spin-off from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and used the same theme music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. For his album Sacrebleu the French musiciam Dimitri from Paris took samples of the theme music of the series and incorporated in the song A Very Stylish Girl. For those into downtempo or jazzy downbeat, Sacre bleu, released in 1996 is quite a milestone that even nowadays is still highly enjoyable. Recently I dug up the vinyl and was amazed how well that album had aged not to mention the outstanding feeling of being in Paris whilst not even being there. Très cool Dimitri !
Dimitri from Paris : A very stylish girl (1996 : :Yellow : Sacre bleu)
Teddy Randazzo : Girl from U.N.C.L.E. ( OST Soundtrack : 1966)