Various Artists

Cinemaphonic, Vol. 2

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Evoking the same curiosity as a stack of musty Playboy and Penthouse magazines, Cinemaphonic Soul Punch is an exotic collection of mood-setting British instrumentals exhumed from outdated library storage rooms and in some cases, even Dumpsters. Not originally intended for commercial release, these strangely soothing soul-jazz fusions were specifically constructed as budget background music for film, radio, and television productions from 1970-1976. Compositions like "Mile High Swinger" are the epitome of the mid-'70s wide-lapel leisure sound, featuring a whistling echo theme that breezes over a pert and bouncy electro-bassline. Soul Punch is easily digested as a whole, but other highlights include the hippie flirt of "Flute Loop," the car chase suspense of "Base Line," and the streetwalking funk of "Oddball." Perfect for chill-out cocktail parties or DJs looking for rare samples, these mod tidbits of pop culture lore are harder to get out of your head than leftover seeds embedded in shag carpeting.

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