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Blank & Jones' deliberately simple dance music dominated the top of Germany's dance charts during the country's late-'90s trance explosion. After a chance meeting at the PopKomm music conference, onetime record clerk Piet Blank and Ratinger Hof's resident DJ Jaspa Jones formed the Blank & Jones production team to make broad trance records of the Aeon, Kai Tracid, DJ Manta, Darude, and Angelic variety. Met with consistent financial success as they laid the groundwork for their full-lengths, Blank & Jones also won the respect of their peers, finding remix work for Fragma, Mauro Picotto, and Moby, as well as getting the chance to use Yello's Dieter Meier on their second album, 2001's Nightclubbing. Substance followed in 2002, while 2003 saw them release Relax: Edition One, the first in a series of downtempo chillout albums. Their 2008 effort, The Logic of Pleasure, featured vocals from Vanessa Daou, Claudia Brücken, and New Order's Bernard Sumner, and was followed in 2009 by Blank & Jones Presents So 80's, a mix of the duo's favorite '80s tracks. A seventh edition in the Relax series landed in 2012. ~ Dean Carlson