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Platipus' Fine Art Of Pretentiousness

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Sunday, August 24, 2003
UK trance label Platipus Records have hired Brit writer/ journalist Will Self to write the sleeve notes for their upcoming mix CD The Art of Chill, providing a bizarre new twist on the art of packaging.

"Can we speak meaningfully of chilling out as art or is it an art only in the sense that love and war can also be viewed as arts-" Self asks.

"Are the sleeve notes for this compilation of the finest contemporary chill out going to consist entirely of questions-"

Best known for taking heroin on British Prime Minister John Major's plane in 1997, Self continues in a typically obtuse vein, lines including 'inconsequential thoughts like priasmatic beads, oscillate on a feedback loop of idiotic drool' and 'soon it will be time to fry bacon and eggs, to make toast and coffee."

But not yet, not yet. Not. Yet," he concludes.

"Sunday stretches out ahead, a whole sleepy day of nothing much to do."

Musically the CD contains downtempo offcuts from the likes of Timo Maas, Jurgen Vries (includes Charlotte Church), Sinead O Connor and Paul Oakenfold and is actually pretty god.