Ambient Dub Volume 1: The Big Chill cover

Ambient Dub Volume 1: The Big Chill


Beyond Records and its Ambient Dub compilation series were attached to the Oscillate club in Birmingham run by Bobby Bird of Higher Intelligence Agency which hosted many of the biggest names in the nascent UK ambient and electronica scene in the early 90s. The compilations, especially this first volume, are a perfect distillation of a moment where “chillout” wasn’t separate from the dancefloor, but a vivid part of the nighttime experience, another way to feel peak brainwarp feelings. Highlights here included the gliding digi-dub bass and ecstatic bubblebath feeling of “Sexy Selector” by Original Rockers (later rebranded as Rockers Hifi), the insinuating alien voice and juddering bassline of Higher Intelligence Agency’s own “Ketamine Entity” and the church bells and theatrical reading from the biblical Song of Solomon on GoL’s “Angelica in Delirium.” But really it’s best experienced as a whole to jump into a time machine to a world of fractal projections, wild-eyed conversations on beanbags and a general sense of possibility.

Joe Muggs

Secret Rhythms 5 cover

Secret Rhythms 5

Jaki Liebezeit, Burnt Friedman
The Revenant [Original Soundtrack] cover

The Revenant [Original Soundtrack]

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, Bryce Dessner
Bicycles & Tricycles cover

Bicycles & Tricycles

The Orb
Environmental Studies cover

Environmental Studies

African Head Charge
Cochin Moon cover

Cochin Moon

Haruomi Hosono
Music For Healing cover

Music For Healing

Richard Norris
The Mosaic of Transformation cover

The Mosaic of Transformation

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Computer Incarnations for World Peace cover

Computer Incarnations for World Peace

Various Artists, Jazzanova
Essential Mix [13th November 1993] cover

Essential Mix [13th November 1993]

Andrew Weatherall
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Nääksää Nää Mun Kyyneleet cover

Nääksää Nää Mun Kyyneleet

Navigating the Kali Yuga vol 1 cover

Navigating the Kali Yuga vol 1

George Issakidis