Kiwi Ahmen Mahal, MC for the more well known band Rhombus, brings us his debut solo single in 2002, with Let’n Off Shots. Son of a blues musician, he is a true all-rounder, playing bass, keys, guitar and drums in addition to his vocals. He describes his philosophy: “It is like a one man band times infinity – you are only limited by your own ideas.” There was not much from him as a solo artist, his band Rhombus continues through to more modern times.
This track starts us off with some quirky vocals, leaving the listener unsure if it’s some form of hip-hop track, before launching into a bass line at 30 seconds in a more familiar lounge music vein. With vocal effects over top throughout, it merges with some rewarding music. A jaunty number to make a light break from heavier tracks.
British electronic duo I Monster created this version, based on the 1969 hit Daydream, by Wallace Collection. They actually created two very different versions, one in 1998 and this one, first appearing in 2001, with an accompanying music video featuring puppets behaving badly.
The male vocals take us in, following a great melody until we get to a surprise at 45 seconds, where a “vocoder” voice effect kicks in, and reappears later in the track. A great pace and a familiar, classic anthem.
Chicane is a British composer, who began his main musical career with the 1997 release of “Far from the Maddening Crowds”, an album considered a significant milestone in the history of Trance music. This track, “No Ordinary Morning“, came from the 2000 gold album, “Behind the Sun”, reaching 28 on the UK singles chart. It’s not the last time we will hear from Chicane on this site.
The track does not get far beyond 30 seconds before the female vocals come in, and being such an anthem, it’s instantly recognisable to almost anyone who’s ever been near a radio. The soothing and assertive vocals by Tracy Ackerman carry us consistently right through the track, with the desired image conjured up of beaches and long summer days. An absolute classic that just never gets old.
Leftfield are a firmly established part of lounge music legacy.
The song “Fanfare of life” traces its roots back nearly a quarter of a century. It began life in 1992 as companion track to “Song of life”, which in the early days, reached a mere 59th place in the UK charts.
Having taken over the world in 1995 with the ultimate classic album Leftism, the track “Song of life” was credited as one of two that rewrote the British house music scene. Fanfare also enjoyed continuing fame as a similar yet distinct mix, appealing to lounge listeners everywhere.
This version treats us to six minutes of classic chillout beats, emphasised by classic “fanfare” sounds throughout. It starts with classic female backing sounds and instrumentals, soothing us into the mood until a relaxing rolling meet comes in around 1 and a half minutes. The beat carries us along on clouds sound taking it’s time to deliver us a resounding classic.