In 1990, The KLF released their landmark album ‘Chill Out’. This album influenced many artists with its prominent use of field recordings in combination with electronic music. It consists of many samples and edited field recordings that are woven together like a collage.
The album documents a fictional night-time journey through the US, beginning in Texas and ending in Louisiana. It feels like a roadtrip across the US Gulf Coast states with field recordings of moving trains, sheep, radiostations and music from artists like Elvis and Fleetwood Mac.
The idea behind this, is best described by KLF member Bill Drummond. Talking about the rave scene in the UK, he stated: “When we’re having the big Orbital raves out in the country, and you’re dancing all night and then the sun would come up in the morning, and then you’d be surrounded by this English rural countryside … we wanted something that kind of reflected that, that feeling the day after the rave, that’s what we wanted the music for”.