I've a great deal of respect for Alex Patterson and his pioneering work on the ambient scene as both a DJ and mainman of The Orb, but this CD seems a bit of a lacklustre offering and very much reflects how Alex Patterson doesn't have his finger on the ambient pulse any more. It doesn't really flow, seeming more of a stop/start affair with a wide variety of music that's OK but nothing special. There are several standout tracks by Aphex Twin, The Orb, FFWD, and Joachim Spieth but a lot of the rest just seems like filler. Yes, it's chilled, but it's aimed more at a mainstream audience that knows nothing about ambient music than longtime fans of the genre that could find a better selection of tracks from their own collection. This stuff all seems so dated now, it isn't necessarily a bad thing that it's got a lot of oldschool ambient tracks here, and they obviously resonate with meaning for the good Dr Patterson.... but it seems very old hat.
It works well enough as background music at low volume, but the track selection isn't really strong enough for actually listening to it. I've a feeling better track selection would have leant itself to a better mixed album, no tracks really sound right next to the ones they follows - whoever mixed the album doesn't display a great deal of skill.
All in all, it's OK but more of a missed opportunity than a triumph.