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90's    Ambient / Chillout Albums

01   Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)
03   Global Communication
76:14 (1994)
04   KLF
Chill Out (1990)
05 SPACE
Space (1990)
06 The Orb
Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (1991)
07 The Future Sound Of London
Lifeforms (1994)
08 Biosphere
Microgravity (1991)
09 Irresistible Force
Flying High (1992)
10 System 7
777 (1992)
11 Spooky
Gargantuan (1993)
12   Sun Electric
30.7.94 Live (1995)
13   John Foxx
Cathedral Oceans (1995)
14   Deep Forest
Deep Forest (1992) 
15   Enigma
MCMXC a.D. (1990)
     

 

 

 

 

 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92

I think the main difference between the 'old school' Ambient and a lot of the 90's stuff was the fact that it wasn't always beatless anymore

Moving away from the 'treated piano' of Eno and the subtle washes of cosmic sounds served up by Steve Roach, the bands of the 90's turned to heavy use of 'sampler technology'

I'd say that 'Little Fluffy Clouds' by 'The Orb' pretty much summed up the vibe of the time; cool, subtle, even dub rhythms and beats fused with unusual vocal samples

Some of the albums listed may not fall into the 'traditional' idea of Ambient but I don't like over categorising so it's close enough!

My top 3 would have to be 'Lifeforms', 'Selected Ambient...' and 'Chill Out' but I wish I could put '76:14' in there too! They are all truly outstanding