Dusky’s Ambient Electronica Picks

Since they released their debut album on the Anjunadeep label in 2011, the UK duo Dusky have been associated with house music at its most moodily atmospheric. Even when they’re at their most energetic, their music swirls with watery chords, deep shadows, and a pervasive air of melancholy. So it’s no surprise to discover that the two producers are stalwart fans of ambient electronica, as they prove in an extensive collection of favorites on YouTube. Heavy on the sounds that were floating through the UK’s chillout rooms in the ’90s, their list contains plenty of stone classics that no ambient survey could be complete without. Canonical cuts from The Orb, Aphex Twin, and Future Sound of London are all represented, but it’s in some of their deeper, more obscure picks—the leftfield of the leftfield, if you will—that their playlist really serves as a stellar resource. Even serious heads are likely to discover something new here, or at least be reminded of an old favorite they’d forgotten. Bookmark this one for late nights and early mornings.