- The Back To Mine series has without a doubt been the shining light in the “Chill Out” genre for the last couple of years. Diverse mixes from DJ’s and Producers such as Nick Warren, Danny Tenaglia, Faithless and Everything But the Girl (just to name a few) have showcased what the influential dance artists of our time, like to listen to in their rare spare moments of their days. The latest installment comes courtesy of Matt Coleman, more commonly known as MJ Cole, who came to fame with his hit records, “Sincere” and “Crazy Love”. A perfectionist with everything he does, MJ Cole is a musician in every sense of the word. Classically influenced, Matt displays his broad and diverse range of musical influences in the following album.
As has been the case in past Back To Mine’s, diversity is definitely the theme in the current installment. Hip Hop, Reggae, Funk, Jazz, Drum & Bass. You name it; it’s all there. It’s definitely a positive thing too, as the album remains fresh through its duration. Highlights include Outkast’s jazzy and confusingly titled “Spottieottiedopalicious”. From Outkast’s hip hop influenced record follows “Civilised Reggae” by Burning Spear, which will have you reaching for that spliff in no time at all, also demonstrating the range of styles on display. The soothing vocal’s of “Destiny” by Zero 7 is refreshing while the genius of LTJ Bukem is on show with “Music”.
It definitely is a fresh and relaxing 70 minutes of Music. Maybe not as inspiring as efforts from Nick Warren and Faithless for instance, but a fine selection nevertheless. For those looking for that after night soundtrack, then MJ Cole’s installment in this very reputable series is definitely worth a listen.
1. For Louise - Lee Curtis
2. Diabolus' - Cinematic Orchestra
3. SpottieOttieDopalicious - OutKast
4. Civilised Reggae - Burning Spear
5. Sincere (Jazzanova remix) - MJ Cole
6. Ravel String Quartet in F Major - Borodin String Quartet
7. Tell me - Omar
8. Strategy - Archie Bell and the Drells
9. Zoom - Commodores
10. People That I Love - John Ellis
11. Love Lady: Groove Chronicles mix - Damage
12. Destiny - Zero 7
13. Sunshine (Groove Armada dub) - Handsome Boy Modelling School
14. Music - LTJ Bukem
15. I Believe (MJ Cole remix) - Goldie