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Smokers Delight

Nightmares On Wax

1995

Smokers Delight

Album Summary

Smokers Delight is the second studio album by Nightmares on Wax. It was released in 1995 on Warp in the United Kingdom, and on Wax Trax in the United States. It peaked at number 84 on the UK Albums Chart.

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Rating

2.96

Votes

3644

Genres

  • Electronica
  • Hip Hop
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Première très bonne surprise au lancement de cet album : il ne s'agit pas de musique reggae. On enchaîne les premières pistes avec enthousiasme, tout se passe à merveille, jusqu'au moment où l'on se rend compte environ une heure après avoir lancé l'écoute que la troisième piste vient à peine de commencer. Rapidement, on en a marre. On a envie que ça s'arrête. On tombe alors sur le morceau Cruise (Don't stop) qui nous explique au sein de ses parenthèses que l'on y est encore pour quelques heures. Le DJ responsable de cette mascarade est un certain Nightmares On Wax. Son style de musique chill-out aurait merité d'être appelé repetitive-out, ou même not-interesting-out, ou carrément tchoupits-out. On emmerde l'artiste ainsi que ses proches même s'ils n'ont rien demandé.

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This is really nice chill out or background music… something you would expect to hear in a trendy bar or hotel. Very nice to hang out with - I found it quite pleasant for background music while I worked. I can think of many occasions where this is the sort of music I would really want to play. This isn't the kind of album that will reach out and grab you, but instead the music sidles up and puts its arm around you. I didn't spend a lot of time distinguishing between the songs. Instead I just grooved along and let it flow around me. The album coheres very well while still having some clear individuality between the songs. The (Digital Deluxe) edition I listened to adds 4 extra tracks at the end. All four were worth hearing and didn’t detract from the flow of the original in any way I noticed. Good stuff!

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I dig the mood that this album evokes, but it not likely to be one that I would pick out on the regular. It is good background music for work or a hip cocktail party (at least I imagine it might be, as I don’t frequent hip cocktail parties). I will add this to my library in the hopes that someday I am hip enough to cocktail to these beats.

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Smokers Delight is an inoffensive blend of reggae, hip hop, Latin, soul, and downtempo that glides through the neural pathways unimpeded by any novel or challenging sonic concepts. It's mellow restaurant or club music. That said, it's all very skillfully done. Every sample, the way it's mixed, the sequencing, etc, is all calculated to make you relax and just groove with the music in the background. I find it depressing though that this album is on the 1001 list. I have no reason to doubt that Smoker's Delight is influential...on other artists who make inconsequential aural wallpaper. It would seem more appropriate to review an album like this in an industry magazine, like Restaurants Today. How to rate? I'll give it three stars for the obvious skill with which was made, but to me this falls in the same basic category as nu-jazz. It's music for people who don't really like music, who just want something in the background while they study or vacuum or take a dump.

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This is music your Nintendo Wii plays while it's loading the Weather Channel.

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5

Perfect chilled beats

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7/2 Holy fire. Standout Tracks: Pipes Honour, Groove St., Bless My Soul, Rise, Gambia via Vagator Beach

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Quintessential trip hop

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5

Yo, so this isn't NEARLY as Carboot Soul, but it's a great album. I am very mad it took so long for me to find Nightmares on Wax.

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Nicole likes this one too...

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Wow, I didn't know that I needed this, but now it's a keeper.

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Grooving grooves.

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So smooth.

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Carboot Soul was the first NoW album I listened to, so it will always hold a special place, but this one is fantastic top to bottom. I was so glad to be reminded of it and it fit perfectly with the heads down work I needed to do that day.

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Loved it, very relaxed

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Home office sound track

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"Nights Introlude", the first song on this album, is one of the greatest trip hop master pieces of all time. Overall, Nightmares on Wax's beats are very smooth, but not in a smooth jazz way, and more on the smoothness feel on the layers of his production. The early hip hop references are very well put in songs like "Dreddoverboard", just like the spy movie soundtrack vibes of "Mission Venice" are perfectly fit. "Stars", for instance, is almost a early chillwave track. It's a very creative album from start to finish.

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5

Man oh man what an album. This takes me right back. The pure laid back sounds and grooves. I've smoked a lot to this album over the years. But 20 years late and sober as a judge still sounds awesome. You do need the bass up mind.

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Очень хорошая фоновая музыка

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Such a chilled album, I love it. This is now one of my go to albums for those time when I want to unwind

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really nice album hard to think of any complaints other than it being a bit simplistic and repetitive at times still, I really enjoyed it - 9/10

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Hooked me from that sample that Passin Me By uses. Chill beats to zone in with

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Sweet chill vibes

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I was very pleasantly surlrised by this album. Looking at the cover and the name I was absolutely expecting reggae which was not the case. Instead I got cool trip hop I could chill to.

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Study music

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Super long but ultimately pretty good background music. 7

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7. Good for what it was, didn't excite me

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Groovy beats, though a few songs were weaker than the rest. Solid 8

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I don’t really like this style of music for a whole album, but it’s good for what it was. 8

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Loved this and rabbit hole stuff for other things like it.

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I find this album really enjoyable and relaxing all the way through. No bad songs. I give it a 4/5, though my parents loved this album when I was growing up so some of the good review may be nostalgia for me.

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Early dub and reggae instrumental that paved the way for a ton of future stoner groups.

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Groovy but calm, good background music for working.

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Reminds me of theivery corporation, though I'm not sure which came first.

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This genre is quite relaxing. May listen again when feeling super stressed out.

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Really chill instrumental. Enjoyed very much

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oh boy. Lovin the triangle on this first track. Great background music and enjoy the range of it

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needed a spliff to listen to it, good sound tho

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Clima muito bom com instrumental trip hop.

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Gotta love some trip-hop. The beats and sounds on this thing are hazy and wacky, lots of cool noises that sound kind of underwater and industrial. Really creative, really interesting and really catchy

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The first song is great, jazzy, sophisticated sounding. Great first impression; expecting good things. Nest song a little funkier, more soulful...very nice. A couple more songs inn super smooth, organic...Trip Hop the way Trip Hop should be. Me likey. It does get a little long...a little samey for active listening , becomes more of a background listening experience but a really really good background listening experience. Put this on at a dinner party and I think you have the perfect backdrop. 4 stars

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So glad this wasn't a reggae album as I expected. Perfect example of airport music.

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Great for listening to on a holiday balcony. Probably wouldn’t have scored it so high otherwise.

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Kind a a theoretical 4. This is exactly the kind of stuff I was into 20 years ago, I bores me a little now and I’ve not got time for the full 70mins, but still a place in my heart for triphop.

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Pretty interesting jam album. Some songs drag on a bit. But mostly nice melodies. Some people might get bored but I can get into it.

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I can dig it

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I got heavily into trip hop around the time this album came out. Problem is that I never heard this album until about a decade later so it is never going to be my go to of this genre. I do like the how its sounds are missing link between Acid Jazz and Trip Hop and beyond. This is a great album if nothing but for its legacy

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8/10

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Didn't have the luxury of a nice, long focused listen today but this provided a groovy ambience to my dinner-making. Nothing was particularly standing out until Bless My Soul and its delightful boings. I loved that track and the next, Cruise (Don't Stop), and Rise and its repRise. It's nice. I'll keep it.

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Chill lounge music

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Rätt episkt. Måste lyssna igen!

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Fuz

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Not what I was expecting.

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Quite the song writer. I'm impressed. I really expected them to be a one hit wonder where everything else sucked. But these guys are good.

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Punk AF, fun AF as well. Love it.

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lie this a lot and will certainly revisit

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I bet this album is incredible when you're high.

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Brilliant album. One of the best ambient, trip hop sounds

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Absolutely lovely. I wish this were as good an album as carboot soul, but it still takes me back to the drowsy days of chillout rooms and basement flats with tea in chipped mugs and the smell of weed, tobacco and damp.

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Really nice soothing sound. Great background music. Thoroughly enjoyed. B

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If it’s good enough for the pharcyde it’s good enough for me.

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This is as good as it gets for music to listen to while working or studying or otherwise mentally occupied.

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Verrassend! Afgaand op de albumhoes en titel had ik iets ergs verwacht, maar dit vond ik verrassend prettig. En tijdloos voor een plaat uit ‘95.

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Pretty cool -- like little beats and tunes with no lyrics. Pretty solid work music and I liked it

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Surprisingly delightful. Very nice jazz progressive feel

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Great 'relaxing' music.

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Chill

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Best Trip-Hop album ever? Ok, I've only heard a few but this is tops for me. Absolutely loved the vibe and sounds of this album. This is why I love the 1001 albums list - because of gems like this that I would have never heard otherwise. The album cover really threw me off... So, I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't a cheesy Rap album. I don't think there are any songs that stand out as exceptional, the entire album seems like one seamless work of art best-enjoyed start to finish. 4/5

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Great chill out music

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Trippy funky ambient chill out. I might revisit this.

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This is a laid back, slow burn of an album. This is actually great for getting work done to.

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I like this one. It's very laid back and dreamy. It is a little long in my opinion (I get fatigued at around the 45-minute mark) but a worthy listen. There are some bassy grooves on here that remind me of dub music, and other tracks are more jazz-inspired. 3.5/5, rounded up Fave tracks: Nights Introlude, Pipes Honour, Cruise (Don't Stop)

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Love me some trip hop lo Fi whatever the fuck 4 long ass album though

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Lofi beats to study and relax too mixed with a bit of reage, sounds wonderful. I dig it

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I think this is the first album in the electronic genre apart from Kraftwerk that the list has generated so far that I actually liked. No surprise that it’s a Warp release. The tracks on this album sounded composed and organic which is rare for an album in this genre. I didn’t feel like the songwriter was just looping shit repeatedly and adjusting levels to create the track. Looking forward to checking out more of their / his stuff.

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Decent chill music

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Got this on 4/20 so the name was appropriate

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Not bad, not sure why it is on the list.

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6

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Nice trippy album.

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Listened to a few tracks, sounds like the instrumental interludes from early massive attack but a whole album of it

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Laid-back Summer-time trip-hop style instrumentals.

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I have no idea how to critically assess this album.

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Nice background music.

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Decent chill background music. Probably won't listen again though.

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Solidly chill album. I like that it embraces who would listen to it and for what reason.

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Long songs, sort of unique 3/5

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perfect achtergrond album

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3.1 Goede achtergrond muziek wel, meer kan ik er niet echt over zeggen. Wel nog is spelen voor op kantoor denk ik! goede office vibes!

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Definitely not my cup o' tea but for what it was I didn't hate it.

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Plenty of worthwhile stuff but like most DJ output just found a lot of it monotonous. I don’t know how into this music you can get if you’re not part of its Scene, though I’m sure many unaffiliated aficionados would show up to prove me wrong

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At this up like a stoner with munchies in the early 00s... sounds a bit like empty calories now

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Not a big trip-hop guy. Maybe when I was younger and stoned out of my skull 90% of the time this would have hit differently. But I don't even really know how analyze this one lol. I didn't hate it, it feels too long, and drags at points.

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3

Not a bad album but nothing to get excited over. Mostly instrumental.

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I worry I’ve lost my way since I last played it. After the joy of seeing this album again after so many years had subsided I immediately started wondering where there’s apostrophe missing in the album title.

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It is a long trek to the end, though the music is an interesting assembling of electronic, hip-hop and creating crafting. Nothing that left a permanent mark, but it was an enjoyable journey.

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Nice old school lo fi. Good for chill background but nothing too unique.

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So this is trip-hop, huh? Pretty cool, but it all kinda blurs together into a smooth operator soundtrack.

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I can't believe that it's taken me 72 albums to have the thought, "Hmm, this album doesn't sound like I thought it would from the cover," and, duh, oh yeah, there's a saying about that. I guess this was the first time I misjudged, and so I figure, just maybe, since about 1955, you CAN usually judge an album by its cover. When I read that it was in a list of the top 50 trip-hop albums of all time, my thought was, "There's 49 more of these?" I think we've already gone through a bunch of that list. Not that I don't like it fine enough. It's not designed to be catchy or anything. Re-listening to snippets, I enjoy them more than the 6–7 minute song experience. The one time it really caught my attention on first listening was the phrasing of "and me... you... and me... you" which I thought was kind of cooly jarring.

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Chill beats

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Chilled out background noise

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Good background music, ideal to fall asleep with.

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Pleasant, non offensive but not terribly groundbreaking in any way. I did enjoy it though

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Late-night chill out background music, enjoyed the grooves.

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Hit and miss

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góð playa i like it

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Nice trip hop album

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Liked some songs, but nothing really stood out to me.

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Best relaxt.

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Pretty awesome background music but that’s all this is.

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Nice music for walking around Placencia Belize

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I liked the ambience and cruisiness of this one.

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I found this all a bit same samey.

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good enough

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ambience but little more funky

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Vibey

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Some decent drum or bongo beats - including an African-style sound on Stars and Gambia via Vagator Beach. A couple other songs had some interesting musical blends that I think were synth but created a jangly guitar/piano feel (Pipes Honour), or a bass-heavy melody (Groove Street), or just something different (Mission Venice). So definitely some variety but I still felt uninspired.

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Not really my thing, but not terrible if you like it

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OK background music, but despite its length it fails to rise beyond that.

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Fine, very long and samey. I can see how it would be an influential album for its genre, but if you are not interested in that it’s not very attractive

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It was good for what it was: chill trip hop/acid jazz beats. I just don’t listen to this type of music, so I wasn’t a huge fan.

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Cool sound, but no...

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hmm första 2 låtarna var goa, sen blev det cancer i huvudet

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Lo Fi chill for stoners

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chill vibes, feels like a thievery corporation or like a less-dark massive attack. pretty long though, felt done with it about 6 tracks from the end

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A very dreamy instrumental album, where based on the title could easily see people listening to this on a lazy arvo smoking up a storm. Not really a fan of the album, but it makes ok background music for studying/working Best: Stars Worst: Groove St

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Un poco gafapasta colgado

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Am meisten wundert mich gerade, dass Smoker’s Delight auf Warp erschienen ist - könnte aber zum Teil erklären, warum es auf dieser Liste ist. Jedenfalls so ziemlich das Gegenteil von aufregender Musik; Tapetensound passend zum Tapetencover. Ganz nett arrangiert alles, wurde in den 90ern auch viel gekifft zu. Aber hat es was gebracht? Ich weiß ja nicht.

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It was background noise, very enjoyable background noise, but that’s all it was

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Not my brand off electronic music

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It is alright but not really memorable. I probably won't listen to this again.

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Its perfectly fine to put this on in the background because of the decent grooves and an okay vibe, but it's a little too mellow and boring for me. 2/5.

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2/5. Background music only

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Boring

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Some of it was cool but a lot of it was grocery store music

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I like this album just fine as a background album, one I can put on while working, or reading. I don't quite understand why it's included in this list.

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It became too repetitive at times

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Background music, to be expected in a cocktail bar or an up-market hotel lobby.

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Didn't make a great impression but wasn't bad by any means, again stuck with a deluxe album so I stopped playing after a bit

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Nice instrumental background music for working. I can't give it a high rating since I'm not sure why it's on this list.

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Not for me. Not a big fan of heavily sampled music, this lacks personality. A bit like listening to a soundtrack for a movie you don't know.

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Not my favorite but heard the Pharcyde sample in the first song (or whatever song pharcyde sampled) so it gets a point there.

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Did I get stuck in the dental office waiting room? Maybe the first three songs, and then it got slightly funkier. But not much. Nice music to snooze to. Again, why is this on the list?

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On the plus side, Smokers Delight does have a nice chilled vibe that serves well as background music. But as an album to listen to attentively it is a bit boring and repetitive. Don't get me wrong, repetition can be used to good effect. Problem is there is no organic sounds; there is no real emotion. Like a lot of modern music it's loop based, sequenced, time stretched, processed etc (even the "solos"). There's no art to it - a computer could have been programmed to make it.

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Falls flat at times. Not expecting every second to be captivating, but some of the grooves leave something to be desired.

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Tja, niet vervelend, maar meer iets voor de toilet van een sterren restaurant.

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Just a bunch of weird noises on loop.

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This is okay. 'In A Space Outta Sound' should be on this list instead.

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well, Nightmares on Wax don't like to be tarred with the "trip hop" brush. And I agree with them. This is chilled instrumental hip hop, which si all well and good, but does tend a little towards wallpaper. I am also surprised that this is not nearly as crunchy and lofi as the leading luminaries of trip hop preferred in their sound design (qv. Massive Attach, Tricky, Portishead). I can also hear the seismic influences of DJ Shadow and especially J.Dilla on the world of instrumental hip hop. it's hard to believe that instrumental hip was ever this clean and almost to the grid. The whole sense of sound and timing has changed so much since the late 90s, that this sounds almost quaint. Influential in its time, but not really relevant anymore. It's just kind of easy listening jazz-lite with hip hop-ish beats. Cursed by its own ubiquity.

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Erik Satie meets trip hop music. I missed this Leeds based producer who creates a mellow combination of mesmerizing bass and luminal keyboards. Not at all like pointless new age music, great mindscapes.

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Good sounding music but waaaay to repetitive. Every song was too long for it’s own good and while the music itself sounded fine the album was not very useful

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boring

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If this lead to untrue in any way then it was worth it Weak 2

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Dated, Ibiza chill out style, elevator music. A 'no' from me.

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So this is the type of music trip hop youtubers ripped their samples off, makes sense for them to steal the work of an already talented musician. It's really diverse, taking samples from funk, reggae, techno, latino, and jazz. I get a lot of nostalgic vibes. It's an inoffensive album, nothing stuck out as awful, but I can't say I enjoyed much of the album. It's a coherent record to relax or study to. Too long, and the songs are also too long, especially so reliant on repetition. Favorites: Night Interlude, Wait a Minute, Bless My Soul, Mission Venice

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But how much one has to smoke to be delighted?

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elevator music

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Unforgivably dull.

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Delightfully smokey.

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not for me

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What a generic heap of crap. Uninspired from start to finish, and so repetitive. Maybe I'm just hungry, but I did not enjoy this...

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These instrumentals are just not for me.

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Otro disco insustancial

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Not good

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Shit and boring; at one point my phone alarm went off and I didn't even realize the music had changed. 5.7/10

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Bias: nog niet begonnen en ik zie 74 minuten --> slecht gaan Ik voel hem niet, achtergrond album maar.. nop. geen must listen IMO

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Bunch of casual beats which is great if you’re in a video game or high given the albums name. Not my type of music. 2/10

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Crap

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Faaaaaaaahrstuuuuuuuhl… Tut nicht weh, hat hier aber nicht viel verloren, da nix zu melden Slow music to buy fast Fashion 1.2

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Very boring. I couldn’t even make it half way through.

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Faut pas se foutre de ma gueule non plus

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Ridiculous. Why is this on the list? It's just muzak.

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Dogshit.

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I'd like to say that I enjoyed this because I was stoned... but sadly, I was not.

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Wtf is this?

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Some of these loops… fuck, by about minute 4 I’ve had enough and I’m just angry.

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Background music

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The best song was Pipes Honour, because it was a good groove. But even than felt like background music that deserved to be sampled or built upon. The whole album feels like something you should take as a base and create on top of. A 1 star in my eyes not for being bad, but for not being what it could be.

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I want my time back

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This sounds like the menu screen music on a video game. This is a nope from me.

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Ok, dat was saai. Maria vroeg na 2 nummers al "hoe lang duurt dit nog?"

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Just a load of noise.

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