With Summer approaching, and sunnier weather on the horizon (he hopes), I thought for our first Throw Back Thursday we would revisit the year 2000, and this feel good summer gem.
“Since I Left You” from Australia Electronic group The Avalanches, is a track that once was held A list status on the fabled BBC Radio 1 playlists, and was a regular on MTV Dance, but these days seems to have all but vanished, till today.
Released in the U.K on XL Recordings in 2000, “Since I Left You” is the title track from an 18 track début album of the same name.
Remaining in the U.K charts for 9 weeks, peaking at 16th in April 2001, the track itself is a beautiful combination of samples and loops, carefully crafted together in such a way that it stands out, almost as an original piece of work.
Borrowing the Soul Funk drum licks from Lamont Dozier’s “Take Off Your Make Up”, infuses this gem with a laid back Trip-Hop like vibe. Whilst pitched up vocals from The Main Attraction’s “Everyday”, and The Duprees “The Sky’s The Limit”, make up the vocal hooks.
With so many samples building the core of the track, it is a wonder that “Since I Left You” ever saw the light of day, let alone the UK Top 40. But putting all that to one side, and getting back to what really matters, this track is nothing short of a slice of summer.
Essential summer chill out, or relaxed electronic driving music, you can’t go wrong adding this to your playlist.
Check out The Avalanches "Since I Left You" on iTunes now.