This is a continuous in-the-mix CD compiled and mixed by Faithless.
Producers include: Rollo, Dido, M. Bates, Matty Benbrook, Pauline Taylor.
Personnel: Paul Herman (guitar); Mark, Mark Bates, Sister Bliss (keyboards); Mal Hyde Smith (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Craig Chettle; Tindersticks.
Recording information: Angel Eastcote.
Photographer: Brock Elbank.
Dido's "My Life," the opening cut on Faithless' installation in the BACK TO MINE after-hours mix series, establishes the tone for this down-tempo set. As a late-night mix should, the music here induces drowsy, indolent reverie, allowing the listener to float off on pulsing beats, soaring melodies, and ambient effects.
Dusted's "Childhood" and Sub Sub's "Past" perfectly articulate the mode, and the grooves get a bit heavier along the way with Adamski's "Never Goin' Down," and Alex Gopher's "The Child" (featuring vocal samples from Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child"). The disc closes out with the triple-header of Aaron Neville's "Hercules," Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," and Shinehead's cover of "Billie Jean" (in deep roots reggae/dub mode). It's an interesting mix, and one that will make that cozy, late-night comedown all the more enjoyable.
CMJ (3/5/01, p.25) - "...Eclectic and charismatic....drawing ingenious parallels between trip-hop, house, soul, acoustic pop and subdues techno without breaking a sweat. This is a blissful, brazen and impeccably arranged collection of timeless tunes."
My Life - (with Dido)
Childhood - (with Dusted)
Past - (with Sub Sub)
Mushrooms - (Salt City Orchestra Out There mix, with Marshall Jefferson/Noosa Heads)
Never Goin' Down - (Ben Chapman remix, with Adamski)