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Winter Chill 3: 30 True Chill Out Tracks

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hed Kandi
  • ASIN: B00005OR4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Evergreen - Faithless (Dusted remix)
2. Lovely Head - Goldfrapp
3. Sparks - Royskopp
4. Come a day - Beth Hirsch
5. Letter to a sister friend - Ursula Rucker feat. Vicki Miles
6. Sneakin - Jaffa (Vocal)
7. Awakening - Airlock
8. Out of control - Fenomenon
9. The Rain (Where do I begin?) - Si*Se
10. Online - De Phazz
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Disc: 2
1. When the body speaks - Depeche Mode
2. Gabriel - Lamb
3. Only Love - Chris Coco
4. Rainy days and mondays - Fac 15 feat. Cathi Ogden
5. Sometimes it snows in April - Amar
6. M. Dupont - The Dining Rooms
7. Twisted - Fused
8. Empty beaches - Night traffic
9. Deeper - into places - Afterlife
10. Blow it all away - Sia
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Hed Kandi have been intensely prolific since their inception a couple of years ago. As a consequence, some of their attractively packaged compilations have frankly failed to hit the spot. Their Winter Chill series though has progressed at a slightly slower pace and has subsequently managed to keep up a respectable standard. The musical criteria for these collections, as stated on the sleeve notes inside, is "heavy beats, soaring strings and an aching female vocal". The listener is thus presented with a range of song-based tracks that come with a down-tempo/trip-hop and an often dark or glacial feel; a refreshing contrast to other "feel-good" Ibiza-style chill-out compilations that can often feel cloying and sickly. The choice of tunes here is on point. The first CD is the lightest, and begins with the Dusted remix of Faithless's "Evergreen" and moves horizontally through relaxed grooves courtesy of acts such as the ever-charming Goldfrapp, Norwegian mood alchemists Royksopp, US poet Ursula Rucker, European kitsch merchants De Phazz and London live-electronic outfit Mescalito. CD 2 gets a little bit darker, starting out with tracks by Depeche Mode and Lamb and ending with some well-chosen oddities from Mr Hermano and Emiliana Tortini. It's ultimately a mixed bag, but maintains a neat balance of musical coolness and emotional warmth. If you want an album that'll put a warm glow in your icy living room this winter, look no further. --Paul Sullivan

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Well here we go again. They say third time lucky, but to be honest the 2 previous Winter Chill albums were rather good as well.
This, like all the Hed-Kandi albums, is a superb collection of new relevent music. It doesn't seem that long ago that the original 'Chill Out Album' hit our shelves and everyone bought a copy. Since then there have been new series of chill out albums left right and centre, not forgetting of course their sequels. I actually bought 1 album, liked it, and then bought the sequel to it and found 3 tracks to be identical. This is why I like Hed Kandi and the Winter Chill series.
On every Winter Chill album is there completely new material. By that I don't mean that Enigma classic that wasn't on the first compilation of the 50 most recycled chill out tunes.
"Why are you giving me Enigma? I have the album, and yes it's great."
When I say new I mean music that is within it's first year of release, and in many cases hasn't been released yet. This album is no exception. On the whole album there are only 3 songs that I have heard before, however if you asked me to put a name to them I would have been lost;
"Oh it's that one from the One 2 One advert."
A lot of the time I feel condescended by compilation albums, but with the Hed Kandi albums I feel challenged; this is brand new, un-tested music, and it is a real treat that it is available in one album.
As fo what to expect from Winter Chill 3. Well you'll get a lot of long, melodic, non-obtrusive basslines, clear and souring vocals backed up an orchestra of strings, guitars, bongos, piano, flute, the list goes on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Winter-frost,snow,icey winds,such words come to mind when thinking about Winter.BUT Winter Chill 3...ahh,that's a different matter.Only one word is needed to describe this new Hed Kandi compilation...SHIVERS.No not the cold,frosty shivers,but those which attack you spine and the hairs on the back of your neck ,that's what these glorious tracks induce.
There are a few commerically recognised artists on this compilation,..mind you that's not to say that Faithless,Depeche Mode,Goldfrapp and Lamb,.don't produce the goods...but it's the "unknown" gems that really get the "Thrill Juices" going!
From the strains of The Dining Rooms' "M. Dupont",through to Beth Hirsch's "Come a Day" and Sia's "Blow it all away"...you just know that you're experiencing something Special...or rather VERY SPECIAL.A heady ,smooth mix of Jazz,Blues,Funk,and Latin -laced rythyms,blended into a delicious musical cocktail,all lovingly served up as Hed Kandi only knows how.
I know it's wrong to pick out a personal favourites (but what the hell,this could well be my first,last,and only review)..so just listen to the "house band"-Fac 15-featuring Cathi Ogden,incredible redition of the Carpenter's classic "Rainy days and Mondays".Listening to this creates shivers so strong that I can hardly keep my fingers on the keyboard!
Hed Kandi are slowly, but surely,building up quite a name for themselves.Listen to this album and you'll see why!Winter Chill 3 is a priceless five star gem of an album,and I'm already eager for next winter to arrive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one word - Fantastic. 11 Feb 2002
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okay so i wouldn't normally write a review but in this case i have to say i just had to. this is probably one of the best albums i have ever bought, considering i had never even heard of it before it was a bit of an impulse buy but one i am glad i did. its perfect for just chillin out and even better for working to, have to say an all round fantastic album, dont think there is one song that i dont like which is very rare on a compliaion album, i think i will buying future releases. best song on the album is most definatley rainy days and mondays, brings a smile to your face and shivers down your spime could listen over and over again. My advise buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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What an absolutely essential purchase, not just for the Hed Kandi devotees like myself but for anyone who is looking for quality chilled out grooves. There are some amazing female vocal tracks and other tracks you'll instantly recognise due to the high exposure they have had providing a musical backdrop to those huge budget TV Commercials made by people who recognise quality music. These two discs enjoyed end to end can't but help chill you out - something that all the Winter Chill predecessors have done, however this is the crowning glory so far. Enjoy..... Hugely Recommended!!
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