- Fire @@Carlos "Soul" Slinger
- On a Journey
- Pure Funk @@18.7
- Clearly @@Carlos "Soul" Slinger
- Carbon Copy @@Odi
- Friday Nite Ride
- Jive Talk @@Wierd Play
- Bring It On @@Datcyde
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Last year's annual two-disc compilation from Jungle Sky (the jungle/drum'n'bass subsidiary of Liquid Sky, America's preeminent electronica label) was titled Rock, and the artists involved all demonstrated various ways that the guitars and straight-ahead drum sound of rock & roll could be incorporated into beat-based electronic dance music. This year, the genre being honored is more obviously compatible with the context in which it's presented. Funk has always been the basis of breakbeat culture, so this compilation feels more like an acknowledgment of the music's roots than an adventure in unlikely fusioneering. None of that is to say that the music is less adventurous, interesting or booty-shaking. On the contrary: I-Cue's "On a Journey" alternates nicely between ethereal ambience and a bracing jungle rattle; DJ Soul Slinger deconstructs "I Can See Clearly Now" with a dizzying array of raw materials from the funk, soul, and reggae traditions; Yellow Note's "Happily" is a long but consistently funky and fascinating journey from wispy chill-out synthesizer washes through midtempo drum'n'bass and back. There are also outstanding contributions from A Guy Called Gerald, DJ Olive, and the venerable Afrika Bambaataa, among others. Highly recommended.
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