Canadian-born Chilly Gonzales made his name as a dj in Germany and
debuted with the progressive hip-hop album
Gonzales Uber Alles (2000) and
the more convetional The Entertainist (2000), in which he turned rapper
with uneven results. After Presidential Suite (2002), another mediocre
attempt at rapping, Gonzales moved to France and inaugurated the major
stage of his production career, notably for
Feist's jazzy Let It Die (2004).
His most ambitious project was Solo Piano (2006), a collection of
impressionistic ambient vignettes in the tradition of Erik Satie.
A close second (in terms of ambitions) was
Soft Power (2008) that harked back to the piano-based singer-songwriters
of the 1970s.
Ivory Tower (2010), de facto a collaboration with German producer Boys Noize (Alexander Ridha) was a (mostly instrumental) movie soundtrack that hinted
at old-fashioned house music.
His career was unpredictable, and his albums derailed by wildly different
styles, but Gonzales rarely delivered a memorable song.
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