Taken from the album “Simple Things” released in 2001 and generally regarded as “trip-hop” this track turned me on to the album as a whiole, and really was part of a UK explosion of trip-hop, chill-out bands at the turn of the millennium. Think Lemon Jelly, Bonobo and Bent as counterparts to Zero 7. Of course, Fragile State, already featured, came as an offshoot.
Zero 7 were the brainchild of a duo of sound engineers, Harry Binns and Sam Hardaker who incorporated guest singers and musicians to add depth and volume to their mixes. There’s not a dud track on “Simple Things’ – really, it’s a great chill; seminal smoke ring stuff. Their follow-up albums are definitely worth a listen too.
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”