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Chillout Renaissance, Vol. 1

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Chillout Renaissance, Vol. 1 Review

by Johnny Loftus

Chillout Renaissance offers a few nice alternatives to the average downtempo/electronica comp, including tracks from Wax Poetic ("Angels," with vocals from Norah Jones) and Lemongrass (the Latin-tronic "Beach Ball"). But it isn't willing to license a whole set of solid material, and falls back on filler like El.Geb's quavering, misguided cover of 10cc's "I'm Not in Love" or the formless "Relax 2 the Max" from Ohm-G. Nitin Sawhney does a decent Tricky impersonation on "Everything," but it's not enough to help Chillout Renaissance recover. A rethink of the genre this certainly isn't.

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