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The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist (2000)

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I’ve featured some turntablist art this week, but ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ is the cherry on top. The track’s sampled sounds are from the most unusual and diverse set of easy listening artists and others, including Enoch Light, George Barnes, Harvey Mandel, Flip Wilson, Maurice Jarre, Dexter Wansel and Sesame Street’s Count von Count. One just wonders how Darren Seltmann, Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi found the time and inspiration. This hugely entertaining mastermix featured on the classic Since I Left You, the debut studio album by The Avalanches. Have a great weekend.

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Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird Of Prey) (2000)

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In the late 1990s, Norman Cook had a purple patch of nailing memorable samples. None better than his use of Jim Morrison’s spoken-word poetry from the The Doors’s posthumously released ‘Bird Of Prey’. Fatboy Slim’s big beat classic ‘Sunset (Bird of Prey)’ originally surfaced on his 2000 album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. It stands the test of time.

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Laurent Garnier ‎- The Man With The Red Face (2000)

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I end the week with a seminal slice of progressive house music. French DJ and producer, Laurent Garnier released ‘The Man With The Red Face’ on the Parisian label F Communications. It was techno, but a very busy crossover version, full of blissful horns and jazzy hooks. This was the sound of hedonism in 2000. Have a great weekend.

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Starlight Mints – Submarine #3 (2000)

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This morning’s a double-header, making up for yesterday. Starlight Mints were an indie pop band from Norman, Oklahoma. In August 2000, the band released the album The Dream that Stuff was Made Of. It was a hit in college circles, much like Pavement had been several years earlier. The echoes were appreciated.

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Oversoul feat. Gram’ma Funk – Universal Unfolding (2000)

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I’m making mellow this week. In 2000, Toi Sojer-Sacchi (aka Gram’ma Funk) pledged her allegience to the funk a year after making a name for herself as the vocalist on Groove Armada’s ‘I See You Baby’. This time, she was collaborating with Lennart Krarup and Italian DJs Arian Beheshti and Giuseppe Nuzzo. Together they were Oversoul and their track ‘Universal Unfolding’ made it waves on the Ibiza beaches. Have a great week.

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St Germain – Rose Rouge (2000)

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St Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, one of the leading purveyors of the “French Touch”, the wave of French filter house of the late 1990s. His style has a mixed up deep house, jazz and lounge. With its understated Marlena Shaw sample, ‘Rose Rouge’ is the opening track off his 2000 album Tourist. “I want you to get together/put your hands together one time.” Have a great weekend.

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Common feat. Bilal – The 6th Sense (2000)

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Released in February 2000, the ‘The 6th Sense’ was the lead single off Like Water for Chocolate, Common’s hugely successful, fourth studio album.  It was produced by DJ Premier and laden with his trademark scratched samples. In this case, it’s ‘Memories Are Here to Stay’ by The Intruders, ‘Allustrious’ by Mobb Deep and ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’  by Gil-Scott Heron.

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Air – Playground Love (2000)

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A year or so after their hugely successful album Moon Safari, Air wrote the score for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. The opening track ‘Playground Love’ is the only one with vocals, which emanate from neither Jean-Benoît Dunckel nor Nicolas Godin (nor Beth Hirsch). They bring in Phoenix’s singer Thomas Mars to deliver the low key “I’m a highschool lover/And you’re my favorite flavour”.

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Ryan Adams – AMY (2000)

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Inspired by Ryan Adams’ break-up with industry publicist Amy Lombardi, ‘AMY’ is the self-evidently one of the emotional outpourings that underpin his debut solo album ‘Heartbreaker. Released in September 5, the entire album was was told over fourteen days in a studio in Nashville. Pitchfork have called it “a drinker’s album” and “an ode to sadness”. No regrets Ryan, no regrets.

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People Under The Stairs feat. Murs – Pulp Fiction (2000)

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Here’s an oddball finish to the week. People Under The Stairs’ ‘Pulp Fiction’ is a hip hop adventure into the surreal. MURS, Double K, and Thes One find themselves stranded on a desert island where a pink gorilla steals their cigarettes. They come up with a plan to ambush it, but then find their friend and a boat which takes them to Boston Market. Yes, have a great weekend.

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Marah – Round Eye Blues (2000)

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For a while there in the late 1990s, Marah were the heirs apparent to Bruce Springsteen. Formed by singer-guitarist brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the band developed a reputation for their Boss-like live shows. The release of their second album, Kids in Philly, cemented this reputation, and no more so than in their delivery of ‘Round Eye Blues’.

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Radiohead – Idioteque (2000)

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And then on 2 October 2000, wiping more than their own slate clean, Radiohead released Kid A. Seven tracks in, there’s a break in the mysterious ‘In Limbo’ with all seemingly lost at sea, and out of the mist blasts ‘Idioteque’. Its sound is a wave of intelligent electronica pulsing against the rocks, while Thom Yorke delivers a haunting siren to suit. “Women and children first, And children first, And children.” This song mattered.

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Missy Elliott – Get Ur Freak On (2000)

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What happened at the turn of the millennium that sucked the creativity out of the pop musicologists? I have a theory that it was too much Britney Spears that did it. I have to admit there were some bangers in 2000, but you can near enough count them on the fingers of one hand. The Avalanches, Outkast and Daft Punk have already featured here, so that leaves Missy Elliot and the irrepressible ‘Get Ur Freak On’. The song featured on Miss E…So Addictive, an album full of confidence and Timbaland’s production wizardry. Have a great week.

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Richard Ashcroft – A Song For The Lovers (2000)

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Also in 2000, Richard Ashcroft wrote one of those love songs that doesn’t make my toes curl. ‘A Song For The Lovers’ was the opening track off his first solo album Alone With Everybody.

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