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Various Artists, Untouchable Outcaste Beats Vol.1

 Muslimgauze Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass(Soleilmoon) by Sarah ZupkoPopMatters Editor & Publisher Rolling Stone recently described Britain’s Outcaste as one of the “15

Various Artists: Abstraktions Volume 2

Not all downbeat compilations are created equal. Abstrakt Reality Records’ latest collection of eclectic tunes transcends the soporific dullness established by so many discs on

Various Artists: Paris Calling

This is the third in a series that explores the deeper house scenes of various cities around the world. The first two volumes took in

    Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Cuban Music Story

I wanted to hear this record because Kirsty MacColl, one of my favorite singers, spent a lot of time in Cuba in the last years

    Various Artists: TV Sucks: A Punk and Ska Look on Famous TV-Themes

How cool is this? Punk and ska covers of TV themes—in German! Actually, it’s not. Cool punks and small labels have a thing

Various Artists: Abstrakt Sampler

Here’s another great attempt from Abstrakt Reality Records to subvert the underground electronic music scene. There are lots of great artists on this label,

Various Artists: Organ-ized

The Hammond B3 organ has followed a strange path through musical history. A relative of the pipe organ, the electro-mechanical Hammond organ was invented in 1935

Various Artists: The NRG Files

I have to give this compilation some credit just for the sake of what it is. You might ask what exactly the NRG files are,

    Various Artists: Little Darla Has a Treat For You, v. 17

The San Francisco, California-based independent label Darla Records has released a series of albums and EPs called the Bliss Out Series. While those releases focus

Various Artists: Dr. Demento’s 30th Anniversary Collection:  Dementia 2000!

Novelty music is extremely polarizing-you either love it, or you hate it. Dr. Demento has been collecting and publishing various novelty ditties for 30 years now

    Various Artists: Inhale 420: The Stoner Rock Compilation

Here comes death. This is a real bumper crop of heavy doom metal. This compilation is some kind of bongazilla harvest of sludge heavy on

    Various Artists: Jazz on the Latin Side

Perhaps the most surprising musical trend of the past decade, signs of the growing influence of a thriving population finally gaining some semblance of mainstream

Various Artists: World Playground

Putumayo issues nice, safe World Music that you hear about first on National Public Radio, a neoconservative endorsement that doesn’t necessarily mean that you

Various Artists: Free the West Memphis Three

The power of music is amazing. Sometimes it can bring you to such a wonderful and beautiful place. It’s a time machine, for when

Various Artists, The Rolling Stone Women In Rock Collection

A three disc set that illustrates women’s contributions to rock, the Rolling Stone collection begins with the blues of Big Mama Thornton and ends

    Various Artists: Solesides’ Greatest Bumps

It has become annoyingly popular among critics to laud hip-hop albums because they are “old school” and don’t contain references to pimpin’ hos, killin’

Various Artists: Classic Ballads of Britain and Ireland

Most of us have never sat down and listened to storytelling ballads. They are not a popular style of music nowadays, to say the least.

Various Artists: Fox Sports Presents Game Time!

Based on how successfully this thump’n'lurch collection of jock-doofus standards (the CD is subtitled “19 of your favorite stadium pumping, crowd rocking hits” to which

    Various Artists: Not the Same Old Blues Crap II

With the death last June of John Lee Hooker, American blues lost one of its few remaining geniuses from the generation of World War II-era

Various Artists, The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection

You’ve heard dozens of Bacharach songs and may not even know it. From the 1950s to the present, Bacharach has written scores of standards

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