In a world of opaque genre names, the origin of chillout couldn’t be much more obvious. The chillout rooms which began to appear in clubs and raves were just that: places to chill out, relax for a while, drink some water, get your head together and revive yourself. The first of its kind may have been The White Room at London’s Heaven club, where Paul Oakenfold booked DJs to play the second room of his Land of Oz nights, including the KLF’s Jimmy Cauty, The Orb’s Alex Paterson and Killing Joke bassist Youth spinning a mix of laidback and relaxing tracks.
Regular readers of this column will have spotted by this point that there’s a clear overlap with ambient house, the easygoing but still club-focused offshoot of experimental ambient music. The link was made even more concrete by the record which really defined the style: The KLF’s 1990 album Chill Out was a groundbreaking piece of work, stitching samples and snippets from an eclectic range of sources to create a 45-minute continuous piece. An audio collage of everything from Elvis to the Tuvan throat singing of Siberia, the album tells the story of an imaginary night-time journey from Texas to Louisiana.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
Black Lion Audio Revolution 2x2 £399
Quality audio is at the heart of this firm’s ethos. Jon Musgrave tests their first fully fledged audio interface
The Beacon Knee Deep In Sound, 2021
Peel’s new album, Fir Wave, sees her resampling, re-imagining and re-dreaming the music of celebrated electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire and the Radiophonic Workshop. Hamish Mackintosh found out more
Left dissatisfied by his debut solo debut album Realisationship, Andrew Hung felt the need to brush up on his craft and break through some mental barriers. Danny Turner discusses the follow-up, Devastations
40 YEARS OF TECHNO PRODUCTION
Since its birth in the early 1980s, techno has taken over the world and remains one of dance music’s most enduring genres. This issue, we delve back through nearly 30 years’ worth of interviews to discover how the changing face of technology has shaped the sound of techno
Modal Electronics say the Skulpt SE is the most affordable MPE hardware synth out there
Modal Electronics have taken their original Skulpt portable synth back to the drawing board and returned with the new Skulpt SE.
From founding the Radiophonic Workshop at the BBC to her unique Oramics machine, Daphne Oram was a pioneer
Strymon NightSky £439
Bruce Aisher explores the infinite world of modulated reverb with Strymon’s new time-warped reverberator
Feed Me Weird Things Rephlex, 1996
Belgian trio Telex was one of the first to bring electronic pop to the European hit parade. Danny Turner chats to Dan Lacksman and Michel Moers about the band’s past and present