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By DAVID DAY  |  March 23, 2006

Hot Chip, "Over and Over" (Windows Media Player)

1 | “Little Fluffy Clouds” | Big Life, 1990 | This all-time classic, best heard on this 12-inch vinyl mix, turned a Rickie Lee Jones reading into one of the most recognizable samples in history.

2 | U.F.Orb | Island, 1992 | The catchiest ambient tracks of all time. Paterson and KLF’s Alex Faulty combine free jazz, Jamaican dub, and Eno ambiance, with contributions from Jah Wobble and Steve Hillage. The 40-minute edit of “Blue Room” remains the longest single in UK history.

3 | U.F.Off: The Best of the Orb | Island, 1998 | A goodbye to Island, this two-CD set is a landmark remix album, with 24 mixes, edits, and live cuts including “Pomme Fritz,” “Perpetual Dawn,” “Toxygene,” and the dance mix of “A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Universe.”

4 | Okie Okie It’s the Orb | Kompakt, 2005 | A return to form for Paterson’s innovations — with touring partner Thomas Fehlmann he lays down 14 delicate tracks of plonging beats, ambient pop, and schaffelhaus riddims.
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