This is the first duo of CDM releases, first available in 1993 and 1994 respectively. This twin-CD pack is excellent value, and features the two finest CDs in the entire CDM discography. The first disc (vol. 1) is simply sublime; starting with lazy, sunset beats before progressing towards more sinister, after-dark vibes, and finally concluding with the very appropriate 'Sunset At The Cafe Del Mar'.
The second disc (vol. 2) I find has a happier, more sunny tone, but there are still a few moody tunes to keep the balance right. Both discs for me really capture the whole atmosphere of a warm sunset - from the hazy, late-afternoon sunshine poolside, through the sunset itself and finally setting the mood during twilight for the night ahead. Both discs blend a fine selection of world influences with dreamy electronic beats, with native American and Spanish sounds featuring quite prominently.
This is the collection that defines Balearic chill, and even now - nearly 20 years later - it's still very hard to beat!