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.
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 Brasil / Deep India / Deep Africa series.
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.
- Playlist for stowaways – Pilot, including Yuki Song (March 2013)