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Chill Out With Definitive Down-Tempo Collection `Pure Chill Out,' Featuring Moby, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Bent, Julee Cruise and More.

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The time has come to take a deep breath and just chill out. The time has also come for Chill Out music. Put aside the New Age and get into the Next Age with "Pure Chill Out" (UTV Records/Water Music Records), released August 13, 2002. The definitive down-tempo collection of electronica's best, from classic tracks to the yet-to-be-released, from the movement's originators to its new breed, "Pure Chill Out" is the culmination of the genre -- the ultimate chill pill.

The 17 selections on "Pure Chill Out" represent a cross-section of the instrumental and vocal styles of Chill Out from a multitude of labels. The movement has its humble origins in Europe with artists such as Fila Brazillia recording down-tempo tracks using keyboards, drum loops and other electronic equipment, as on "A Zed & 2 L's" culled from 1995's "Maim That Tune," and has mushroomed since then. Two other absolutely seminal recordings heard on "Pure Chill Out" are "Original Bedroom Rockers" from chillmasters Kruder & Dorfmeister (taken from their 1993 "G-Stoned" album) and "Stars" from Nightmares On Wax (from the 1995 Wax Trax disc "Smokers Delight").

Moby, perhaps the biggest name in Chill Out and electronica, contributes "Rushing," from his monumental double platinum 1999 album "Play." Julee Cruise, one of electronica's first and most popular stars thanks to David Lynch and the ultra-hip '90s TV series "Twin Peaks," offers "The Orbiting Beatnik," from her first album in nearly a decade, 2002's "The Art Of Being A Girl." In turn, a vintage pop song reinterpreted is "Aquarius," from the musical "Hair," chilled out by Waldeck on his 1998 album "Balance Of The Force."

"Pure Chill Out" also features a slew of other electronica-renowned artists, including Delerium ("Enchanted," from 1997's "Karma"), Nitin Sawhney ("Breathing Light," from 2001's "Prophesy"), Baby Mammoth ("I'm Not Joking," from 1998's "Another Day At The Orifice"), Afterlife ("Makes Me Feel," from 2000's "Simplicity Two Thousand") and Moodswings ("Opium 45 Degrees," from 2002's "Horizontal"). Another 2002 recording is "Edge Of Forever," from the Phobos album "Purified." The acclaimed Heather Nova's 2001 U.K. chart-topping album "South," with "Gloomy Sunday," was released in the U.S. earlier this year.

New artists include Bent, heard with "Always," from the 1999 debut album "Programmed To Love," which earned the group a "Best Newcomer" nomination at the Muzik Awards. The tracks previously unreleased, as of this writing, hail from the fresh Julia Messenger ("I Miss You," from her forthcoming self-titled debut), T Spigot ("Squelch") and, from Norway, ORG Lounge ("Amon Dur").

The Next Age has arrived. Chill.
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