Beginner’s guide to Deep Forest

There’s a good chance you won’t have come across Deep Forest before, and even if you have, you’ll very probably have forgotten them. That’s no reason not to check them out and see what they have to offer, because there’s plenty of good material hiding in their back catalogue.

Key moments

The eponymous single Deep Forest and its follow-up Sweet Lullaby were enormous hits in the early 1990s, and the globe-trotting career which followed included plenty of strong moments. Sadly they split in 2004 and have done relatively little of worth since.

Where to start

The 2004 compilation Essence of the Forest is brilliant, and a worthy introduction to the group. You’ll get highlights from the first decade of their career with some excellent new versions too.

What to buy

Start with Deep Forest (1992) – get the 1994 World Mix version, and you’ll find it to be largely flawless. Bohème (1995) is a good next step, and then jump forward to 2002’s more experimental Music Detected.

Don’t bother with

Any of their solo material – including the Deep BrasilDeep IndiaDeep Africa series.

Hidden treasure

The Pacifique film soundtrack is surprisingly good, if not especially well known, and many of the singles are worth tracking down for the interesting remixes.

For stowaways

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