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Natural Born Chillers, Vol. 2

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The second chapter of the Natural Born Chillers series comes out five years after the first marvelous volume, and DJ Shahar and Yaniv Shulman again carefully bundle a selection of well-known and lesser-known artists in psybient, downtempo styles. Over the years, Aleph Zero has created a reputation as the leading label in the genre of chillout lounge music, with an impressive track record of psybient/chill releases. The album touches upon everything that the contemporary downbeat music scene has to offer. Just like the first volume in the series, Natural Born Chillers, Vol. 2 offers hypnotic rhythms, dubby moves, psychedelic adventures, and refreshing sounds with ventures into Asian and Middle Eastern overtones flowing throughout its rich sonic landscape. But, unlike the first volume, this compilation fails to impress aficionados of psychedelic ambient with the same impact that the first volume had. The tracks on this compilation do not appear to have a singular vision that allows for the album to be seamlessly integrated into a single flowing experience. While each track has its own indelible personality and influences, the overall focus as a chillout masterpiece -- and indeed the first volume was one -- is not clearly visible. Having said that, though the compilation might not have a big impact on the scene, the album still a silver lining to showcase and can influence newbies in the genre.

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