- Audio CD (10 May 2005)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Import
- Label: Hooj Choons
- ASIN: B00008BX93
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,237,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Not only do you get quality, you get quantity. 3 CDs of it. The first CD concentrates on electro and breakbeat. The smooth almost Moby-esque dance-blues of Ils, Middleton's own bootleg/rehash of Sunglasses At Night & Blue Monday all the way to the almost 2 step but sublime Blue Effect and Swag. CD2 goes down the deep house route.Read more ›
The second disc focuses on deep house and showcases some fantastic tracks by artists such as Telepopmusik, Charles Webster, Yann Fontaine and Herbert. All of the tracks are very soulful ranging from vocals to instrumentals. The mixing is excellent and has introduced me to a number of artists that are not very well known as of yet. The duration time for disc two is 74 minutes and 50 seconds.
Disc three foucses on ambient and balearic grooves. Personally, i think that this is the best disc out of the three. It really is an awesome mix of laid back grooves showcasing some excellent tracks by FC Kahuna from their 'Machines Says Yes' album, Groove Armada, Jimpster and a whole host of other artists that will probably be unknown to most. The duration time for disc three is 77 minutes and 18 seconds.
I really cannot recommend 'The Sounds of the Cosmos' highly enough. It is unlikely that you will find a more diverse and eclectic compilation this year and it provides a refreshing change from the predictable anthems that usually appear on compilation discs.
If it is chart anthems that you want to hear, i would suggest that you purchase the latest Cream Anthems, Gatecrasher or Gods Kitchen discs. However, if you want to be exposed to quality melodic electronic music produced by up and coming artists, look no further than 'The Sounds of the Cosmos'.
CD1 - Perhaps the most unusual CD, it concentrates on a more 'weird' sound than CDs 2 or 3. Roots Manuva represents hip-hop, Jori Hulkonnen's 'Sunglasses At Night' the more electro sound of the year along with the more chilled beats of Modaji and Landslide. They combine well enough although it's perhaps what I would regard the weaker of the 3 CDs. Blue Monday does not quite match Sunglasses At Night while the concentration on unreleased tracks lets the quality drop slightly.
CD2 is certainly where it all kicks off. The mix between Telepopmusik's 'Breathe' (contender for track of the year) and Taxi's 'People Come Runnin' is certainly beautiful and would be very difficult to mix in a club and yet perfect for home listening. The middle of the CD again falls slightly below standard again with A Million Sons unreleased track. However, the presence of Charles Webster and his standout track from his debut album, 'Forget The Past' is a slice of the sexiest deep house.
CD3 could be regarded as the chill-out CD although this would tend to be underestimating the quality of tracks on here. Alucidnation's underrated 'Beautiful House' along with Blu Mar Ten's 'Home Movies'and big-hitters such as Rae & Christian and Groove Armada create what is the most accomplished of all three of the CDs.
The Sound of the Cosmos is, despite small flaws, by far the most carefully thought-out project for a long time and is the most brilliant 3 hours in musical paradise you could wish for. Priceless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite simply one of the finest collections of electronic music you will ever find. It hasn't aged one bit and I've been listening to this cd for ages now. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. J. D. Kilner
A bona fide classic. I purchased it a few months after it was released and it's one of the few house mix CDs I keep going back to. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2012 by N. D. Marshall
Tom Middleton took over 3 years to choose the tracks he wanted to include on his epic 'The Sound of the Cosmos' compilation and over 3 months to mix it. Read morePublished on 19 July 2006 by R. Mullaney
Quite simply, I've been looking for a replacement for this album as the best compilation ever, and 4 years later I am still waiting!! Read morePublished on 7 July 2006 by Andy C.
I can't beleive this is being thrown away at seven pounds. That's such an insult! This is a work of genius. I picked it up on a whim having enjoyed 76:14 & the jedi knights output. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2004 by Mr. Stewart Ayers
This is a superb album, the last on the downtempo tip inspiring me to track down all by London Elektricity etc. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2004 by A. BADDELEY
Awesome. 3 CDs of pure magic mixed to perfection. The first concentrates on breaks and offers not only a gentle introduction to the genre for the uneducated but a thoughtful mature... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2002 by Simon Boisseau