We take a look at the artists here to help us chill..
Røyksopp The Norwegian word Røyksopp literally means smoke mushroom, fitting for the electronic music duo that bears the name. Since their critically acclaimed debut album Melody AM was released in 2001, the pair’s following has grown and spread across Europe. Famed for their original music videos - the infographic-styled video for the track "Remind Me", by French company H5, won the 2002 MTV Europe Music Award for best music video - the band post exclusive songs available to download for free from their official website Röyksopp.com at a rate of a song a month. For more, visit www.facebook.com/Royksopp
Erykah Badu Grammy-award winning American soul singer Erykah Badu is as well-known for her eccentric style as her cerebral music. The Queen of Neo Soul has straddled the boundaries of soul, hip-hop and jazz since her debut album Baduizm went triple platinum in 1997. This spring, Badu released her fifth studio album, and second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series. New Amerykah, Part 1: Fourth World War, a concept album that was digitally produced and political in tone, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Rolling Stone named it one of the year's best albums. For more, visit www.facebook.com/erykahbadu
The Cinematic Orchestra UK jazz and electronic outfit The Cinematic Orchestra consists of a live band, turntablist and electronic samples. Their sound sees the role of traditional solo instruments, such as piano or wind instruments, take on differing roles than that within traditional jazz. In studio releases, the group will often remix live source material to produce a finished product that is seamless combination of live jazz improvisation with electronics, such that it is difficult to tell where the improvisation ends and the production begins. For more, visit www.facebook.com/cinematicorchestra
The Midival Punditz The Midival Punditz are easily India's biggest and most prolific electronica act. No band have had a bigger influence on the huge rise of the electronica scene within India in the past decade. The trailblazing outfit have styled a unique and revolutionary live act that has room for jamming, remixing and innovating on stage, thus making no two live shows the same. The Punditz are renowned for these exceptional live sets, blending electronica with live percussion, vocals and Indian elements such as the flute and tabla. For more, visit www.facebook.com/punditz
Felix Martin of Hot Chip Equally at home live on stage or behind the decks, Felix Martin of Hot Chip will bring to the table an array of electronic, floor-shaking grooves that will have crowds hanging on every beat that vibrates through the clubs brilliant sound system.
Martin is one of the driving forces behind London outfit Hot Chip, a hypnotic wash of subtle pulse-like techno beats, acoustic guitars and plinky pianos. For more, visit www.facebook.com/hotchip
Matthew Herbert Restless innovator Matthew Herbert is one of electronic music's most versatile and prolific figureheads. A sampling wizard, classically trained pianist and superstar collaborator. Recording under his own name as well as Doctor Rockit, Wishmountain, Radio Boy and others, Herbert has also produced and remixed artists as diverse as Björk, REM, John Cale, Roisin Murphy, Yoko Ono and Serge Gainsbourg. For more, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Matthew-Herbert/42327637537
Liminal Roots Ever since his debut as a resident at PLASTIK Beach Club, Dubai, Liminal Roots has gone on to play marathon sets at various events in and around the Middle East and India. He was the Chillout/Ambient resident for Fraktal Fridays@ Chill Rooftop Lounge.
Gathering some good old radiating vibes by playing with the sun and the stars, chill-out sets at outdoor parties is what does it for him.
Matthew Hawtin In the early nineties, the brothers Hawtin began making regular excursions from their home town of Windsor into the Detroit underground, experiencing the noisy birth of techno in it's purest form. One brother's subsequent journey has been well documented; the other's remains slightly more obscure.
Fast forward almost two decades to 2010 and the time is right to hear Matthew Hawtin's story as it comes full circle with the release of his Once Again, Again mix CD. A lovingly constructed compilation that works on many levels, it not only spotlights his involvement in the nineties ambient scene but offers additional insight into the series of exhibitions and art projects that have occupied much of his time since then. For more, visit www.myspace.com/matthhewhawtin
Kaleidoscope Dubai jazz-fusion group Kaleidoscope play the music of the modern masters - Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock and others - in their own way, with funk, groove and soulfulness in equal measure. The band debuted to an audience of around 1,000 at the Jazz World event at the Dubai International Jazz Festival earlier this year. Get ready for an hour of chilled, funky and soulful jazz-fusion.
David Craig Nasimi BeachAtlantis resident David Craig has performed all over Europe, Africa and the US. Since his appearance in the UAE two years ago, he played regularly in the region’s biggest clubs before settling down as resident in Nasimi Beach.
He has DJed for Pacha, Hed Kandi and Fullmoon, hosted Ed Hardy's only Scottish party date and featured at official after parties for Usher, Estelle, SugarHill Gang, G-unit, P Diddy, D12, 50 Cent and Jay-Z. For more, visit www.facebook.com/djdavidcrai
The Chill Out Festival is on April 8 at Nasimi. Tickets are Dhs150; Dhs80 for under 21s. www.timeouttickets.com