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Saturday, December 31 1994

Various Artists: Breakdance! - Return of the B-Boy

It’s a sad night in Brooklyn when I go to a party and no one’s bustin’ a move on the dance floor. Blame

Various Artists: This Is Next Year: A Brooklyn-Based Compilation

Sometimes all it takes for a scene to gain the recognition it deserves is some sort of focal point—what Sub Pop 200 did for early ‘9

Various Artists: Radiant Decay: A Tribute to Nine Inch Nails

This is yet another CD of remixes, but this time everyone seemed to know what they were doing. This isn’t just some dude who

Various Artists: ¡Mo’ Vida!

This delightful collection of Latin-flavored music is a celebration of new days coming. “Movida” is Cuban street slang for a party. In that sense, this

    Various Artists: Deep Concentration 3

While the MC still gets the lion’s share of the attention in hip-hop, and, despite the presence of Fatboy Slim songs in nearly every

    Various Artists: Ambient Soho Volume II

While it remains true that atmospheric electronica is usually associated with the dilated pupils of youthful punters in search of a comforting conclusion to a

    Various Artists: Heart of Soul Classics 2

The Vaults, Universal Records. Two compilers fire torch beams up and down the darkened and dust-edged shelves. “Time to raid the archives,” says one. “Yes,

    Various Artists: Nuggets, Vol. 2: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire & Beyond

If there’s one type of music fan that never fails to get my goat it’s the Beatles fan who listens to no other ‘6

Various Artists, Wired: Music Futurists

In this era of so-called music futurism, it may be something of a revelation to discover that much of the touted “forward-thinking music” has really

Various Artists: Smooth Jazz Grooves: The Mellow Side of Acid Jazz

This Music Club collection of Acid Jazz records is equal parts the sort of instant-mash covers of popular songs one hears in supermarkets, vibe-heavy instrumentals, ‘7

Various Artists, Rare On The Air Volume 4

Since 1979, Los Angeles’ National Public Radio station has provided an on-air forum for diverse artists to try out new material and play old hits. The

    Various Artists: Pagan Dance Anthems

No, this is not a compilation of neo-tribal chants and percussion jams. Pagan Records is a British house music label, and Pagan Dance Anthems is

Various Artists: Heart of Metal

Even for a genre as dodgy as the power ballad (loosely defined: any love song by a metal band from the mid- to late eighties),

Various Artists, Goth: Music of the Shadows, Vol. 1

With the goth subculture drawing unprecedented media attention these days, the time is probably right for retrenchment. As with any interest group (sports fans, Trekkers,

    Various Artists: Trax Classics Presents Rewind

If you’re not a pretty hard-core fan of dance music, this will either bore the pants off you or drive you to distraction. But

    Various Artists: Sessions Vol. 3

It’s no small feat to be one of the leading house music labels in Chicago, the city that invented the sound and still cranks

    Various Artists: Heart of Metal 2

That heavy metal and its hair—in all seriousness—had such tremendous clout during the 1980s is one of the greatest, and most ironic, American

    Various Artists: David X. Young’s Jazz Loft

One of the very best moments on David X. Young’s Jazz Loft happens about two and a half minutes in to the opening track,

Various Artists: Nite Life 08 Mixed by Joey Negro

Dave Lee is a busy man. He also operates under more aliases than a master spy. However, it is as Joey Negro that most of

Various Artists: Klezmer Festival 1998: Live at the Knitting Factory

Broadly put, Klezmer, short for “kley-zemer” (musical instruments), refers to the conglomeration of German, Greek and Eastern European music traditionally played at Jewish celebrations. Klezmer

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