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Since I Left You

The Avalanches

2000

Since I Left You

Album Summary

Since I Left You is the debut studio album by Australian electronic music group the Avalanches, released on 27 November 2000 by Modular Recordings. It was produced by group members Robbie Chater and Darren Seltmann (under the pseudonym Bobbydazzler), and samples extensively from various genres. The album was recorded and produced at two separate, near-identical studios by Chater and Seltmann, exchanging audio mixes of records they sampled. After the album's positive reception in Australia, the duo considered an international release – its date was held back until 2001 in the United Kingdom and North America and appeared in slightly altered forms. The delay and changes occurred so that the group could obtain permission to use the samples or use replacements. Four singles were released from the album: "Electricity", "Frontier Psychiatrist", "Since I Left You", and "Radio". The group promoted the album by organising headlining tours in Australia, Europe and the United States. Since I Left You was acclaimed by critics. It peaked in the top 30 on the ARIA Albums Chart, number 12 in Norway, number eight on the UK Albums Chart and, in the United States, at number ten on the Top Electronic Albums chart and in the top 40 on the Top Heatseekers chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2001, it won in four categories: Breakthrough Artist – Album, Best Dance Release, Producer of the Year for Bobbydazzler, and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Frontier Psychiatrist". Since I Left You became one of the best-reviewed albums of the 2000s, and was listed at number ten in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.

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Rating

3.36

Votes

4876

Genres

  • Rock
  • Electronica
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5

A big bright spring time party where all my mates are having a beautiful time. Complex and intricately layered without being hard to listen to. They somehow manage to capture a thousand textures and feelings in every song (eg Etoh). Love the foreshadowing of the horse neigh early on before it comes back on Frontier Psychiatrist (and all the reoccuring samples for that matter). Also love the vinyl crackle that permeates through the whole thing. And the intros and outros all seem to be incredibly well thought out and compliment the incoming tracks so well. They're all 5/5 songs but highlights have to be Radio, Two Hearts in 3/4 Time and Electricity (huge tune). Pablo's Cruise gets an honourable mention too, what a freaky track. Also.. 𝖆𝖚𝖘𝖘𝖎𝖊 𝖕𝖗𝖎𝖉𝖊 𝖇𝖗𝖆

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5

"Since I left you" is a staple and it paved the way for sample based instrumentals that ooze familiarity. This style of songwriting totally opened the door for this genre. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out the artist "Dirty Art Club".

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I feel like one would need a belly full of E to really jam to this album. It's poppy without being catchy, edgy without being cool, eclectic without being interesting. It feels like some kids who were big fans of The Crystal Method tried their hands at something similar but missed the mark. It listens like a "nailed it" meme. The only thing saving this from a one-star review is the production being top-notch and because the track "Frontier Psychiatrist" is actually a really fun track for being a giant, jumbled sample-salad. It's about a minute too long but it's fun nonetheless.

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5

Since I Left You makes up for its lack of obvious stand out tracks with impeccably perfect song transitions, catchy rhythms that are equally great for daydreaming as they are partying, and eclectic sample choices which give it that weird mysterious edge. Within these songs is a creative world, barely out of reach, with life and texture. It's like musical cinema or a gripping book. It's not perfect but it's worth getting lost in its suspense, romance, and overall joie de vivre. A worthy classic imo. Probably most appealing to EDM fans or very nerdy hip-hop fans as it has that DJ Shadow feeling.

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Oh dear. I hate repeated vocal samples. Frontier Psychiatrist used to make me want to break my radio. This might hurt... First album I can't actually listen to. So annoying. Good loops, but that horse sample and the same word 1,000 times just sounds moronic.

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5

I have a lot of pre-existing fondness for this album - takes me back to end of uni / just graduated times. The title track was definitely the soundtrack of a summer around then. It's just a fantastic melange of samples whirled together to produce some wonderful pop. I still really dig it! Fave track - this is one of those albums where picking fave tracks makes less sense, as the way everything segues together is part of the magic. "Frontier Psychiatrist" should get a mention for the fantastic music video. "Radio" is a highlight, as is "Two Hearts in 3/4 Time" as is "Tonight May Have to Last Me All My Life" Awesome stuff.

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Plunderphonics is a unique genre for it's methodologies. By strictly using pre-existing music, artists will mix, match, and employ unconventional methods to create a whole new piece of art. Songs will be sliced and looped beyond recognition. It's an undertaking that requires insane production skills, as production becomes the songwriting in a way. If any album has mastered this art, it's Since I Left You. There are around 900 samples in this album. It is a feat. The Avalanches themselves said that they were crazy, and they wouldn't ever get that ambitious on future releases. That ambition is what makes Since I Left You so incredible though, as the samples envelop and keep you on a constant adventure of The Avalanche's perfectly-crafted sonic landscape. Loops ground each song and get built upon with more and more samples. They come from every which way, there's no use in following each thread as it's best to just ride the wave. The album art is a perfect representation of this feeling, I think. Thematically, The Avalanches leans into adventure through use of varying songs. As they all seamlessly transition from one to another, it's like crossing borders or biomes on your adventure. Track titles are indicative of this, with "Flight Tonight", "Pablo's Cruise", and "Little Journey". Worth nothing they had to re-record their big hit "Frontier Psychiatrist" because of samples not clearing (I'd imagine other songs got the same treatment). I encourage you to seek out the song on YouTube because it's a classic. Anyway. This is an amazing album. I can't stress enough how much I adore the thing. Just so consistently well-made throughout the runtime and brimming with good times.

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5

This was the album that singlehandedly changed my mind on the ethics and artistic merit of sampling, and one of the 5 albums I credit with breaking me out of my "Rock is the ONLY real music!" phase (alongside Gorillaz' Demon Days, Madvillain's Madvillainy, Aesop Rock's None Shall Pass, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories). Also, it's damn good.

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Looped rhythms provide the soundtrack to a meditative disco in your mind, bleeps and blops poke the hard ridge at the back of your head, and maybe-familiar samples keep you guessing. In other words, it's a balancing act got right most of the time, the latter two elements keeping the tyranny of easy listening at bay. This also gave me pause to reflect that I was able to get a bead on this album because the 1001 listening exercise has exposed me to more albums of this type than I'd normally listen to, i.e. Chemical Brothers, Air and Daft. Praise be.

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60mins of tedious samples and scratching. It’s exhausting

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10 Albums You Actually Need To Hear Before You Die Chapter 1: The Avalanches - Since I Left You I’ve always thought the term “plunderphonics” was a poor descriptor for The Avalanches’ music. It’s reductive and undermines the skill required to craft an album as captivating, detailed and unique as Since I Left You. Plundering implies recklessness and a disregard for history; something done with a lack of grace. Since I Left You is none of those things. It is a meticulously crafted record that, through sampling, nods to the past, while carving out a new way forward. Comprised of thousands of samples (the band has estimated anywhere from 900 to 3000 over the years), Since I Left You is a veritable encyclopedia of modern recorded music and sound: disassembled, then reconfigured to create something new and beautiful out of the already known. I first heard Since I Left You in the summer of 2002, stricken with mononucleosis. Tired of laying around at home, I went to Borders Books and Music to pick up the new Flaming Lips record “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” and see what other new albums had come in. I was familiar with Since I Left You, having read a review in Mojo Magazine a few months earlier. Their review, I believe, compared it to Paul’s Boutique, which I was a fan of, so it was a no-brainer when I saw it on the shelf that day. While the Paul’s Boutique comparison was apt, it didn’t prepare me for Since I Left You. If you could cram Paul’s Boutique inside of a kaleidoscope and spend a summer afternoon staring through it…that’s Since I Left You. Even though “Yoshimi” would end up getting more play on my stereo at the time, Since I Left You left an impression that continued to grow with each listen. Even now, some 20 years and countless listens later, I am in awe of it and find new details to appreciate. It is, in my opinion, one of the most important records of the 21st century, unrivaled in its creativity. Since I Left You is truly a masterpiece.

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Never heard of this Aussie electronic crew until now. Pretty fun stuff with a hip hop flav!! Not doing a full review since I'm a couple of days behind on my listening due to our 2020 countdown weekend, but glad to know who The Avalanches are!

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4

The sound of this album was both familiar and different at the same time. Every song is comprised mainly of samples which gives the album a unique (unique for the 2000's at least) "time-traveler" feeling to it, of which I vibe with. Favorite track: Summer Crane

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** Controversial **- Not my ususal genre pick to be fair, but I think it's pretty boring. I get that they are master samplers or some such, and sure, it's quite a feat to mash together 3,500 samples of other people's musical genius to bring this album together, but I just don't think it sounds that great. So. Repetitive.

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3

cool sampled electronic album. flows well so it has to be listened to in full. good for walking and working.

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5

love this album - need to listen to whole thing again

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5

Love this. So happy all the way through, puts a big smile on my face

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5

Good!

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5

love this album. The samples and electronics work on every track. My favourite is frontier psychiatrist, banger

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5

I ruddy love this album. It's such a banger.

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5

elettrofigata, influenze

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5

I enjoyed this album a lot. Good mixes and upbeat songs.

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5

This album is an hour long song basically. It weaves through a ton of samples to make glistening and sparkly beats with that old time flavor. A lot of the samples still have the record popping sounds on them which I appreciate (either artificial or otherwise). I do think there is a couple filler tracks that didn’t really stand out as much to me and this could’ve probably been a 50 minute record. That being said, this is probably in the top 5 quintessential plunderphonics records and if you are into electronic music and sampling, you need to hear this record at least once. Favorite song: Frontier Psychiatrist Least favorite song: A Different Feeling

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5

Where has this album been my whole life

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5

Incredible.

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5

LOVE

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5

This reminds me strongly of my time in Australia, when I discovered The Avalanches. Incidentally also an Australian band (not the reason though). Absolute banger 5 stars EASY. Fun, alternative and love the use of layered sampling

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5

An absolute masterpiece and one of the best sample-based albums ever made, if not the best. This is a fantastic album technically and musically, and I cannot come up with any serious criticisms of it. It is truly a wonderful album and always a pleasure to listen to no matter how many times I've heard it already.

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5

A marvelously put together concept that flows together so well. One of the most creative albums I've heard

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5

Great groove

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5

A FAT FIVE FROM THE MOMENT IT HIT MY EARS. LIQUID GOLD RUNNING DOWN YOUR EAR HOLES, THEN INTO YOUR VEINS.

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5

Nice n flowy

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5

Such a great album. So many sonic textures.

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5

The best yet

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5

10/10 todo conecta re melo

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5

without a doubt a seminal album in the world of electronic music. doesn't get much better than this as far as experimental/glitchy electronic goes

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5

Not usually my style, but really good listen. Added to favourites

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5

Very solid and enjoyable

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5

Truely an interesting album I’ve never experienced before

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5

omg gorgeous

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5

One of my all time favourite albums. Simply flawless.

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5

250921 11:17 4.5

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5

Such a fun and joyous cacophony of found sounds. 9/10

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5

Might have one of the best track flows there is, each song goes right into the next seamlessly. Love this album, so groovy.

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5

ну классный альбом чо, все на семплах как в первом альбоме дж шедова, тока тут фанкидиско ивот это вот все

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5

Realised I'd never listened to this all the way through. Really enjoyed it, a pleasant surprise. Top notch cut and paste sampling

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5

One of the great mixtapes of all time and the soundtrack to the type of millennial house party I always dreamt of going to but was never cool enough to be invited to. For inventiveness, the sheer amount and variety of samples used (which shimmer and melt into, then emerge out of each other seamlessly), the nostalgia factor, the tinges of longing mixed with sadness, and for just the sheer fun factor you can't beat this. It’s lightning in a bottle.

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5

Incredible timing. I was listening to this one on my own two days before this popped up here. I hadn’t listened to it in years prior. If you like heavily sample driven music that’s very cycling and self referential, then I think this is going to work. So many things to notice on replays. I really dig this music.

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5

An Absolute Jam. All of tracks on here are linked perfectly well to create a fantastic experience front to back. Perfect record, nuff said. Favorites: Since I Left You, Radio, Electricity, Frontier Psychiatrist

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5

Have listened before - fantastic album that opened many musical doors

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5

DISCO lives forever! Fantastic album. Kept finding myself dancing for pretty much for the full hour. The cats thought I had lost it. The sampling on this album is wonderful. These songs are complex and cohesive sample assemblies that had me constantly lit up with moments of recognition. “Is that The Hustle?” “Fleetwood Mac!” “It’s Debbie Reynolds!” “There’s Holiday!” “The NBC Mystery Movie Theme?!” “You’re crazier than a coconut!” “Isn’t that a Disney short?” I’m not singling out any songs. This album is too fun as a whole journey. Fun fun fun yes indeed!

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5

This was a great dance party. Tempos and styles changed but we kept grooving from start to finish. Loved it.

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5

I am not at all familiar with The Avalanches. So, this was a new listening adventure, and I sid enjoy it very much! There were moments where I felt like I was in a club and moments where I was kicking back to chill…and there were also a couple of moments where I was thinking “What…is…happening, and how can we make it stop?!?” But those moments were not disruptive enough to lessen my ‘love’ rating. Also, Frontier Psychiatrist is an absolute masterpiece!!

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5

Probably the best album so far! I loved it !

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5

I recall driving to JB-Hifi in Woden to pick this up on release weekend and listening to it in the car on the way home. When 'Stay Another Season' hit I couldn't believe my ears... did Madonna okay that sample? Apparently she did. Wow!

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5

So well crafted. They throw everything at this and it sticks. A perfect album.

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5

I felt the world something new

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5

A suite of nicely mashed together samples and beats. Frontier Psychiatrist probably my favourite

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5

אלבום מעולה, מוזיקה מיוחדת ואלטרנטיבית, אהבתי מאוד מאוד

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5

One of the most beautiful and powerful listening experiences from start to finish, an hour of sheer bliss and brilliance. If you want to hear the album as it was intended to be heard, listen to the Zomba promo version. It has one more song (With My Baby) and Extra Kings is fully realized as the streaming version is sorely lacking. Regardless, amazing album all the way.

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5

I nearly didn't listen tot this because I was doing sound yesterday for work. I'm very glad I didn't as I've never heard anything like this, it manages to be catchy without feeling tiresome and experimental without feeling convoluted.

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5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Since I left you, Radio, Diners only, Electricity, Etoh, Extra kings

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5

Goddamn this was magnificent. There are so many different genres coming together on this thing, and even on individual songs. The samples are really fun and can be super random to add some spice, too. Jammy. 10/10

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5

Really cleverly made with all those samples. Poppy and easy to listen to but the tracks have a lot of layers on re-listens. The album is sort of a complete experience, very well crafted. Been one of my favorites for a while!

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5

This album is so bouncy and fun, constantly weaving these grooves from all over. Radio is a jam. A Different Feeling reminds me of old Daft Punk. Frontier Psychologist is a favorite. Etoh into Summer Crane is smooth like butter.

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5

Muito boooom. Ótimos clipes também.

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5

It's just brilliant. Plunderphonics is an underrated artform, and Avalanches are masters of this. The way the album flows through a strange neverending wistful holiday (which I always thought might be the afterlife, and I also believe one of the 800 or so samples is of Holiday by Madonna) is genius.

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5

Fucking amazing

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5

Incredible. The Avalanches are masters of the mashup.

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5

So damn great.

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5

5. Fucking. Stars. I found this album on Limewire back in the day when I was a poor kid just out of college and I have no idea why I was looking for it. I downloaded it all and had no idea what order the songs went in. But one listen to 'Frontier Psychiatrist' and I fell in love. As usual, I love the kitchen sink production. Aside - why, on Wikipedia, do they have a thumbnail of the cover art and when you click on it, it takes you to a page where you get the exact same art at the exact same size? Like... why even link it, Wikipedia?

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5

The sampling on this album continues to be divine.

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5

I went into this album not knowing anything about it, and I'm glad I did. This album's concept is something I've been needing to hear for ages. Everything about it is amazing, I love the catchy beats, the samples, radio static, etc. I've already relistened multiple times and I'm 100% checking out their other work. Favorite Songs: Frontier Psychiatrist and Live at Dominos

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5

Since I Left You and Frontier Pyschaitrist are brilliant tracks, the rest of the album pretty damn good

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5

Very fun electronica. Lots of cool samples and fun vibes.

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5

A Magnus opus of the sampling genre. This album screams warm summer evenings. Intricate and intelligent and yet contains all the necessary elements of a feel good pop album! How can you not love this?

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5

classic

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5

New generation Beastie Boys, great album!

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5

I love this album, it was my first introduction to plunderphonics, and it remains one of the only albums of that genre I can stand really. I really enjoy how it flows from one song to the next without feeling whiplashed or bored. There is a part towards the end that gets a bit slow, but I don't really mind. All-around a beautiful and magical album.

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5

A symphony of samples, and an absolute delightful sort of background music that can creep to the foreground seamlessly.

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5

Love this album. Such a classic that was steeped in so much mystery for the longest time as well. Would love to see a comprehensive list of all the samples they used. 5/5

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5

Aaaaah that sample that Mac Miller also used! I didn’t realise their other songs (apart from Frontier Psychiatrist) were also good!

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5

bro stop using my account pls oh fuck

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5

Love this album. Been listening to this since college and I come to appreciate it more over the years. It follows in the steps of producers like DJ Shadow and finds a way to make energetic, catchy, and melodic songs almost entirely through samples. This album is over 20 years old but still feels cool and exciting and layered to me. I would name some standout tracks but I love this thing from top to bottom. That boy needs therapy.

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5

Have had this album on repeat for a bit Cool concept; they nail the mood through the whole album Since I Left You is just a great song Never knew when one song ended and another began Feels like a complete work

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5

One of these electronic albums that works on many different levels. Should definitely be on the list.

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Классная электронная музыка. Проект необычный. Напомнил Messer fur Frau Muller и другие проекты Олегов.

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5

Boy do I love this album

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5

Favorite tracks: since I left you, stay another season, frontier psychiatrist

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5

An album so good they didn’t dare release another for almost 20 years

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5

Some albums are greater than the sum of their parts, but what happens when all of the parts individually are masterpieces? This album was one of the first albums that I had hoped to be on this list. It is righteous and joyous and emotionally deep. I cannot help but to dance when I hear it. Do I like it? Nope. I adore it.

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5

unexpected journey

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5

Groundbreaking classic. In my top ten albums of all time easily.

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5

i was on wikipedia for this and learned the word sampledelia and its the perfect word for this. kinda feels like you're just flipping through a radio that gets broadcasts from the last hundred years, sometimes overlayed into a dope beat.

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5

Uhh fine, this is a 5. But I give it under protest to Sean’s election tampering. Even now I can’t be sure if my 5 is somehow influenced by his interference.

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Masterpiece. An hour-long journey constructed from small snippets of a few thousand dollar bin records, but crucially, it's a mesmerizing piece of music beyond just the process. Lots of good memories jamming out to this Watch the "Frontier Psychiatrist" music video if you haven't seen it Only topped (arguably) by their subsequent two albums

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5

First album here that's going in my regular rotation

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5

Stone cold classic, one of the perfect summer albums.

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Stone cold classic.

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5

Frontier Psychiatrist was in my heavy rotation when this came out.

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Another great display of sampledelica after listening to 'Fear of a Black Planet'. Feels like you're in a movie based in the ocean, and the never-ending range of sounds and samples are the waves. Favourite Tracks: - Frontier Psychiatrist - Tonight - Since I Left You - Live at Dominoes - Two Hearts in 3/4 Time - Electricity - A Different Feeling - Close to You - Etoh - Flight Tonight - Radio - Extra Kings Overall Grade: 5/5 (A / A-)

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5

a new morsel with every listen

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Banger

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Amazing sample usage, reminds me of Endtroducing... Standout Tracks: Since I Left You, Two Hearts In 3/4 Time, Close To You, A Different Feeling, Electricity, Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life, Frontier Psychiatrist, Live At Dominoes

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4

Very interesting album, with a beautiful design, but I just don't care for the music

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4

A lot of feel good tracks. Would listen again.

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Vibe

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Nice transitions

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I can dig this. Makes me want to drink weird cocktails- for some reason they're all the color of campari. This album transcends the genre of electronic music as I have consumed it during my life, ranging from piano laden jazzy lofi, to trance-ish tunes by the end of the record. The constant sampling is reminiscent of Bonobo and Nightmares on Wax.

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4

Good melodic background music. Didn't really tune into it fully but enjoyed it - A good listen whilst working

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4

Very vibey. Sounds like stoned on the couch music

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Très riche musicalement Homogène malgré la présence de différents styles Trés bon jeu de samples Excellentes transitions Une ambiance générale se dégage de l'album Seul bémol : aucun titre ne ressort l'album est un tout qui s'écoute d'une traite

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4

A classic and very great electronic jam, worth listening to again!

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4

I have listened to this classic before. Standouts are the title track and frontier psychiatrist for me but it is an easy listen the entire way through.

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4

Pretty cool use of samples and very sample heavy, multiple in most songs it seems.

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4

Didn’t get all the way through but i liked it

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Me gustó mucho el disco. Me hubiera encantado poderlo escuchar todo de corrido pero por mi vida que todas las ve es que lo intenté algo interrumpía. Lo intentaré después. Me agrada que todo el disco es como un “dj set” y utilizan sampleos muy interesantes. Claro que tiene canciones raras, pero a pesar de su naturaleza experimental, tiene una vibra buenaondita y relajada.

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4

Nice, kind of psychadelic.

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Electricity was slow to start, but cool with harmonized vocals, and pumped up with phat bass line. This is an interesting album - I've never heard something so completely derived from sampling. I think I prefer the dance/club songs more than the singles. Favorite songs, Electricity and Live at Dominoes. Least favorite, 3/4 Time. Also if I were to listen to the album again I might skip over Frontier Psychiatrist.

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4

Great beats and hooks, sounded a lot like a mashup of original music. I had heard Frontier Psychiatrist before, so glad to be exposed to the rest of Avalanches songs on this album. Highlights: Since I Left You Two Hearts in 3/4 Time Frontier Psychiatrist Live at Dominoes

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4

Much better background music!

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4

I like a lot, though I think Endtroducing and Donuts are both better.

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4

Great hardrock-metal album. Fun to blast

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4

Songs blend together, but accordingly don't stand out - nevertheless very catchy

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De los pocos discos de electrónica y de los menos que he escuchado completos, me parece que este disco es excelente. El uso de samples de otros audios de diferentes naturalezas (música, películas, dialogos, etc) no sé si es revolucionario en la música pero creo que está manejado perfectamente. Conocía Since I left you y 'la de that boy needs therapy' y fue una agradable sorpresa encontrarlas aquí. Definitiva adición a mi librería. Songs: Since I Left You, Frontier Psychiatrist, Live at Dominoes

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4

Unique, fun.

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4

Tres bien pour ecouter en fond

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4

That boy needs therapy!

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4

Great album, felt like I was having a party.

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Interesante propuesta a base de samples!

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4

Listened to this album to death when I was younger. It's exactly what I want out of an electronic/dance album. Saw them live once and they actually play with a full band live which is pretty cool.

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4

You're crazy as a coconut

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4

Nice instrumentals. Blockhead style

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4

4.5 - very enjoyable

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4

Breezy, fun and quite innovative. What's not to like?!

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4

Fantástico! Uma grata surpresa a colagem de sonoridades e o arranjo do disco como um contínuo. Lembra a experiência de ouvir rádio

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4

This was a party!!

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4

enjoyed that - perfect cooking music i think. 4

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4

This album was wack. Not really my style, but I do appreciate it for what it is, and that is art

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4

Mielenkiintoinen uusi tuttavuus. Levy oli aika erikoinen pläjäys. En oikein osaa sanoa, että mitä genreä tämä olisi. Aavistuksen poukkoilevaa ja sekavaa menoa, mutta ei kuitenkaan ihan läskiksi lyötyä, ei tullut fiilistä, että levylle olisi tungettu kaikki puolivalmis mitä nyt vaan tuli mieleen. Tykkäsin kyllä tästä, piti otteessaan ja kuulosti taiden tehdyltä työltä.

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4

Not very much substance for a dedicated listening but 100% a top-tier BGM listening experience. Flows beautifully as a whole piece as well as individual songs.

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4

Hyvin harvoin tulee electroa kuunneltua, mutta ehkä tämä aussiduon levy osui juuri sopivaan saumaan gängstäräpin ja folkin keskelle. Erityisesti levyn alkupuoleen sytyin ja hulluttelin ajatusta jopa vitosesta. Sitten levy ehkä vähän menetti otettaan (minusta) ja kokonaisuus ei ole kuitenkaan mikään huippu. Hyvä levy kuitenkin - 3,5 --> 4.

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4

Mellow

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4

Already listened

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4

Only track I recognised was the title track Since I left you. But rest are intreging and full of random sounds combled together which some how work for me.

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4

Still brilliant over twenty years later - perfect use of samples to create their own unique sound

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4

En av 00 talets bästa skivor.

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4

Upbeat, creative, fun

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4

A pretty strange album, not sure if I've listened to something like this before. But it was nice, I enjoyed it. A standout song for me was Frontier Psychiatrist.

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4

mó daora velho, uma musica gigante de uma hora com vários samples muito crazy.

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4

Amazing flow as an album, feels like a great DJ set.

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4

Really cool how each song transitions into the next

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4

It was pretty good. I loved the coherency of the album and how tracks lead in together. I can definitely see how it shaped the next twenty years of sampling in music. Highlights: 1, 3, 10, 13, and 17.

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4

Ahhh muy bueno, varios tonos pero está muy guapo

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4

Really good album. Highly original but familiar sounding 4 🌟

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4

Great, super-funky and groovy.

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4

I had never listened to this album or any of the songs having never heard of the band. Generally, I don't listen to electronic music. It was an interesting mix of genres with an electronic background making it all flow together. Some of the ones with a more Motown sound were soothing to listen to in traffic, and I was genuinely surprised that I liked it.

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4

Cool vibes. Good background music. Pretty chill but not too much. Unique. I like it!

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4

You're a nut, you're crazy in the coconut. Exactly.

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4

Good. If this was a natural disaster, it'd be an avalanche.

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4

Oh go fuck a goat in the ear. I've just about torn my cock off on this one. I was the first trans character on Sesame Street. The Avalanches said I couldn't do it, but guess what? I did it. I did it.

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4

Still brilliant over twenty years later - perfect use of samples to create their own unique sound. Has moments throughout where it doesn’t quite work but doesn’t overshadow the skill involved

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4

I had a great time listening to this whilst cooking on Friday night, so I'll use cooking as an organising metaphor for this. The Avalanches take the raw ingredients of beats and samples, and boil, mascerate, broil, steam and fry them up into an intoxicating culinary ride. Flavours bloom and burst from song to song; as with that other Michelin-starred sampler, DJ Shadow, these tracks feel human and organic in a way a lot of electronic music fails to muster. Perhaps because so much attention is paid to the musical palette, the mis-en-place and the order of cooking the ingredients to achieve maximum depth of flavour.

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4

This album rocked

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4

Finísimo.

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4

This sounds like a mix of disco and hip hop/electronic fusion. I really like it though. Never heard of this band before listening to the album. "Flight tonight" sounds like something Neo would listen to while hacking. 😂

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4

Kellemes munka melletti zene, mintha egy jól kurált spotify listát hallgatnék. Sampleök, bevágott szövegek faszán illenek a zenébe. MF DOOM instrumental vibes, elbólogat rá az ember, néhol meg fasza house set vibes.

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4

Didn’t know them. Pretty nice.

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4

Would it be fair to call this a musical quilt? Lots of little fabrics stitched together to make its own thing? Sometimes it seems really chaotic and crazy, but it also is delightful sometimes. I love it when you get just a moment of something recognizable that sits in an unfamiliar setting, like Debbie Reynolds singing "Tammy" over a 70s funk beat. It doesn't always work perfectly, but it's fun to see what happens.

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4

Brings back memories of shared houses, Sydney Olympics and Rage on the TV.

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4

This album takes me back to a happy time. Youth is a beautiful thing

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4

Very interesting but quite long and only a few songs that I really enjoyed. 7/10

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4

8/10 really cool and unique

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4

Pretty dope sample album. Really enjoyed hearts in 3/4 time. Great transitions. Can't give it a 5 because some of the tracks ended up being too repetitive and sampled, like Frontier Psychiatrist. But overall definitely enjoyed it and would listen to it again.

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4

Fun album, mostly instrumental samples, summery, some hip hop influence. Would listen to again.

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4

Uplifting, great morning music, or low key party playlist

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4

Super beat! Tolle Wechsel, auch von der Stimmung her. Wie viel ich dann doch von Ihnen kenn, bin ganz erstaunt. Das hör ich mir bestimmt wieder an! Frontier Psychiatrist!!! Yeahhh! That boy needs therapy! Da möcht ich gleich das Video sehen!

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4

Kannte die Band nicht bewusst, aber einige lieder schon, die sind ziemlich cool! klasses album, nicht fad

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4

“Get a drink! Have good time now! Welcome to paradise!” Since I left you is one of my favorite songs of all time, but I don’t think I listened to this in full until like 2010 or something and to my surprise, I had hear many of those tunes in clubs and parties. It’s quite a trip, the kind of sounds you would expect to hear at a rave a the time, not as cheerful as the title track but a great collection nevertheless. A bit tiresome nowadays but it was banging back in the day

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4

Super enjoyable instrumentals. Reminds me of Daft Punk and Donuts a bit; perfect for a long drive or study sesh. 8/10.

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4

Danstónlist mér að skapi. Mjög skemmtilegt.

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4

Love the flow and how the tracks seamlessly goes into each other. Etoh was a highlight.

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4

brilliant plunderphonics

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4

really enjoyed this, especially the titular track and of course Frontier Psychiatrist

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4

Very cool album. I enjoy the Avalanches, they've got a really neat sample-based style. I know I've heard this before, along with another album or two from them. Not all that many standout tracks, but as a whole this is a fun one to return to. Varied in a good way. Favorite tracks: Since I Left You, Stay Another Season, Electricity, Live at Dominoes. Album art: Kind of inscrutable. I always knew it was water and waves, but I forget there's a couple boats of people in this picture too. Regardless, a painting as cover art is always welcome. 4/5

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4

00’er elektronisk, samplebaseret, soulet

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4

Funky, jazzy, disco, pop, trance, EDM all rolled into one.

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4

thumbs up

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4

Good

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4

Another genius takes the genre to its pinnacle. Creative use of obscure genres in a consistent manner. Tracks flow seamlessly from one to the next, matching the reoccurring samples and motifs that glue the whole album together. Many songs feel like extensions of the previous. But unlike other sampledelic artists like DJ Shadow, these tracks shift the focus from building an atmosphere in long sequences to short strings of ever-evolving club hits. There's much to digest in this hour-long program, but all of it worthwhile. You can really appreciate all the tracks. First several tracks have a bright summery feel to them (reminiscent of Saint Etienne) before shifting to a harder, funkier groove with "Flight Tonight." "A Different Feeling" is a deep cut that struck out to me, for constantly shifting its tempo and mood. This track really calms down the pacing building up to the Daft Punk-esque "Electricity." The calm "Tonight May Have..." gives off Charlie Brown vibes and reminds me of 2010s Youtube lofi with all the static and chill mood. And then suddenly "Pablo's Cruise" shifts to psychedelic weirdness, leading into the operatic vocal sample-heavy "Frontier Psychiatrist." Next 3 tracks lead us full circle on the bright summery theme, only this time more of the atmospheric low key feel of DJ Shadow. "Live At Dominoes" gives us one final hurrah in another Daft Punk-esque dance mix, which is kinda placed in a weird spot since the psychedelic "Extra Kings" immediately goes back to a mellow but dramatic finish.

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4

Oh the early 00s. Smorgasbord of samples, and jumping all over the shop

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4

Great usage of sampling. So pretty.

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4

This was fun! A little repetitive at times, but that's inherent to the form, I guess. A huge undertaking to make a catchy, danceable album using sound collages. Very cool, very impressive.

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4

Mmmmm. Maybe not as good as I remembered it, though there are some standout tracks.

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4

It was fine. It didn't do anything for me though.

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4

Mi ricordano un po' i daft punk e i portishead.

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4

I read a bit about this album before listening to it and wasn't to impressed. However after listening to it, it just resonated with me a lot. I can't quite put my finger on it since I'm not a huge fan of this type of super sampled music (I got Endtroducing..... a while back and didn't like it) but this album seemed to avoid what I hate about the genre.

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Une aventure trippante Prefs: Since I Left You, Flight Tonight, Close To You, A Different Feeling, Electricity, Frontier Psychiatrist, Etoh, Summer Crane, Live At Dominoes Moins pref: Extra Kings

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4

Man that snuck up on me. Was expecting something completely different (Fleet Foxes) so had it on in the background just so that I could say I'd listened to it. It caught my ear and so switched to headphones. Fantastic stuff, not quite a 5 yet but over time could become one for me.

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I had never heard of this band before, it was quite pleasant, might put in on at some later date when I want something chill

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