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Hed Kandi: Serve Chilled Electronic Summer

  • 4★★★★☆
  • Reviewed by John
  • Published on May 4th, 2011 at 11:30a.m.
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Here comes another one of the annual summer compilation albums to get you in the mood. Although in this case it's not an errant copy of Now 2314, rather an inspired mix of downtempo, relaxing, and yet very summery songs. Of course I'm biased, as I really love these types of albums and music (so take what I'm saying with a pinch of salt).

Serve Chilled Electronic Summer is one of the best albums of it's type that I've had the fortune of listening to. It's basically perfect as an accompaniment to a hot summer's day. No thinking required, just pure relaxation. The blend of songs on the album ranges from the slow, somewhat soulful, to trip-hop, mixing up with some light guitar and ska-like beats, then back to the soulful. Of course, it's not just a great accompaniment to a hot summers day. It's worth playing if you're just in the mood to vegetate in any form.

It all blends together so well. It's two and a half hours of pure chillout. It takes tracks and remixes from the likes of Aeroplane, Moguai, Tensnake and Chris B in it's stride.

Standout tracks for me personally include the trippy My Balance by Grimelock, the hip-hoppy Leatherette remix of Ilya Santana's Transborder and Round Table Night's All Night. I especially like the inclusion of last year's We Can't Fly by Aeroplane - it's just oozing summer.

Taken separately, you might not think of these songs as summery in any way. Some obviously are (like We Can't Fly, for example), but I'd be willing to wager that most aren't really thought of as summer songs at all. This album, however, blends this eclectic mix together so excellently and flawlessly, that the end product is a really great summer chillout album. Go and buy it immediately.

About Hed Kandi: Serve Chilled Electronic Summer

Released:

2011

Genre:

chilloutdowntempotriphop

Tracklist

  1. Nobody Else (Maya Jane Coles)

  2. My Balance (Grimelock)

  3. Japanese Electronics (Instra:Mental Moog Remix) (Commix)

  4. Open Arms (Synkro)

  5. Kiara (Bonobo)

  6. Transborder (Leatherette Remix) (Ilya Santana)

  7. Above Your Head (Anoraak)

  8. Don't Stop (Ashley Beedle's Mavis Re-Edit) (Dolpin Boy)

  9. Listen To My Mind (feat. Janine Small) (Chris B)

  10. Summer Sun (Chris Coco)

  11. For Her Smile (Epilogue) (Butch)

  12. Walk a Mile (Henrik Schwarz Remix) (Coldcut & Robert Owens)

  13. Distractions - Movement 4 (Andrew Bayer)

  14. Coastal Brake (Tycho)

  15. We Can't Fly (Aeroplane)

  16. High Wire (D-Pulse Remix) (The KDMS)

  17. Shine a Light (Flight Facilities Remix) (The C90s)

  18. Do You Remember (Arithmatix! Remix) (Mario Basanov)

  19. U Rocked My World (Lipelis Remix) (The Glimmers)

  20. We Got The Love (feat. Lo Galbo) (Douze)

  21. Zombie Tropicana (Hannulerauri)

  22. Love The Way (Crazy P Remix) (Danism)

  23. Treehouse (No Logo)

  24. In Your Eyes (Tensnake Remix) (Toby Tobias)

  25. You (Plej)

  26. Fireworks (feat. Hercules & Love Affair) (Johan Agebjörn Remix) (Wolfram)

  27. All Night (feat. Ghostape) (Round Table Nights)

  28. LSD (Moguai)

  29. Lizzie's Balloon (45 Dip)

  30. I'll Be Waiting (The Lux Sunset Remix) (Shena & Full Intention)

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