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Chillout 06: The Ultimate Chillout

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Flexing their strong licensing muscle once again, Nettwerk presents the well-chosen Chillout 06: The Ultimate Chillout. Their licensing power nabs big names like Sarah McLachlan, the Postal Service, Talk Talk, and Delerium, but where Nettwerk always succeeds and surprises with their Chillout series is with the lesser knowns. The collection would be less desirable without the lazy indie rock of the Perishers, the trippy sexiness of Holden & Thompson, and the otherworldly experimentalism of Ulrich Schnauss. The label once again pushes the definition of "chillout" to include much more upbeat numbers than most lounge DJs would spin, but nothing here will wake the neighbors, let alone the family cat. Of course, most DJs don't think out of the box as much as this collection does, and with Chillout 06 being able to juggle such diverse styles while remaining smooth and hip, it's easy to recommend.

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