Stereloab & Nurse With Wound - Simple Headphone Mind (1997)
An excellent collaboration between these two artists, a true experience. It's incredibly catchy and quite hypnotic in all its minimalism. Get your headphones out and listen to this excellent, if short, album as soon as you can.
GusGus - Polydistortion (1997)
Incredibly danceable trip-hop album from the Icelandic group GusGus with quite accurate artwork. The warm electronic beats cloud your senses and transport you elsewhere. Just like when you're underwater, it gives off feeling a of freedom, loss of control and inhibition. It's as soothing as trip-hop's supposed to be, whilst being quite fun.
So there you go, two gems from 1997.