[23 January 2007]
This compilation features “Ethno Dance/Lounge Culture music” from New York City nightclubs. Sensual electronic effects bathe the dozen recordings. These beats accent a multitude of international styles: Brazilian Samba, West African funk, East European Gypsy and others. The sonic global landscape becomes a dance floor where every place is home and reminds you of somewhere else at the same time. Featured artists and songs include the Indian pop diva Shakti with an a capella version of the sexy “Do the Thang Thang”, the Japanese Bliki Circus imitating a blowsy, two-bit carnival on “Himatsuri” and the elegant French chanteuse Elodie O on the fragile “L’Attente”. Although the songs are mixed by several different individuals, the mixers share a concern with keeping things smooth and the rhythms always bouncing. These selections are meant to be played for a live audience. Each one has the power to turn an East Village Apple bar into the happening place in the universe to be.