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Bedroom Communities, Vol. 1: Pillow Talk

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Bedroom Communities, Vol. 1: Pillow Talk is a 14-track collection of downtempo, jazzy electronica that the producers bill as "between the sheets" grooves. Unlike many collections that are aimed for setting the romantic mood on simmer, a couple of the tracks here are actually musically interesting. Dynamo Productions' "Three Dimensional" throws in groovy hip-hop samples and soulful vocal samples and lashes them to a genuinely funky backbeat, while Fort Knox Five's darn-sexy "Blowin' Up the Spot" combines funky hip-hop samples with blaxploitation-styled horn samples and Smooth's "Walking on Space" has fairly standard trip-hop grooves and some wanky blues guitar, but the strangely distorted and cut-up vocals make up for it. Unfortunately, the majority of the tracks don't live up to this level of interest and many, like Zend Avesta's "One of These Days" and Paloma's "Funky Bones," are sunk by below-par vocal contributions. What that leaves the listener with is a couple of decent songs and a whole lot of boring, uninspired electronica sure to stifle any stirrings of romance with a blanket of yawns.

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