Daily Dose: ‘Cold Water Music’ by AIM

Aim (real name Andy Turner) is in the hip hop/electronica market, and has been for some time, although this song skirts pretty close to trip hop as well. This is from his debut album of the same name, released all the way back in 1999, and you can pretty quickly place the the gorgeous electronic sounds of that era; this is the same period as Moby’s Play, Air’s Moon Safari and the release of Boards of Canada’s early stuff, and you can pick bits of all of them out of the turntables here, and vice versa, making them good reference points for this song and album. This sound is a great one for me, as it makes me nostalgic for that era (at least musically) without bringing to mind any of the bad stuff. I find it hard to imagine anyone being able to get mad to this music, it’s just designed, first and foremost, to be as chill as possible. It didn’t get as much recognition as the aforementioned bands, and that’s a shame, because as an album it’s just as smooth and varied. That lazy beat is just good for the soul, on a day when you don’t want to have to think too much about the realities of life. If stripped down electronica ain’t your thing then this probably won’t change your mind, but if like me you hearken back to those glory days then this (and the album) will be a little treat for you.

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