Songlines, June 08
“Ad-hoc collection of great music”
There is a hugely disparate collection of styles across these three CDs: ‘Bar Grooves’, ‘Club Grooves’ and ‘After Hours Grooves’. However, on the first disc this disparateness is least apparent. It is almost entirely Latin-based, with 12 of the 16 tracks at least partially Latin in some way. That said, Latinos certainly know a bit about groove and there is some great stuff here, particularly the Brazilian sounds of favela activists AfroReggae and the remix of São Paulo singer Paula Lima’s sultry ‘É Isso Aí’ by Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. Standing out slightly incongruously from the crowd is Gil Scott-Heron’s ever-listenable ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’. There are some interesting African elements on the ‘Club Grooves’ disc, such as on Mysterious Traveller’s ‘It’s Not My Style’ and Awa-Klash’s ‘Akoba’, but overall the club beats tend to homogenise the sound too much. The standout ‘big name’ on this disc is Leftfield, closing proceedings with one of their finest tracks, ‘Afro-Left’. This brings you to the sedate and altogether different environs of the ‘After Hours Grooves’, full of tracks that would be at home almost anywhere. There is Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, easy blues from Taj Mahal, guitar twiddling from Tonino Baliardo and the epic cool of AR Rahman. There is even a wonderfully quirky reggae take on ‘Tainted Love’ by Grandmagneto. All human life is here. If you want a whole lot of music at a bargain price to help your house parties along, this will do the trick.