Various Artists

Future Groove: Compilation Mixed by Desert

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As the house sub-label of independent legend Mute Records, Future Groove is out there and in the crates of all the important international spinners, from house masters Roger Sanchez and Danny Tenaglia to progressive deities Sasha and Deep Dish. As this disc proves, the Future Groove sound is the thread that has tied the two genres together. Heavy, chuggy, tribal drums with more than enough groove for house-heads meet with an abundance of cutting synthetic effects for the progressive fans. Mixed by the U.K. duo Desert, Future Groove's first CD compilation is a muscular dancefloor session from beginning to end. The dub echoing of DJ Vibe's remix of "The Light" gives way to the ghostly tones of Inertia's "Vellum." Pressure builds to the analog swarm of "Powerbeats" and peaks with the juggernaut bassline on Desert's own "I See the Light," which began sneaking into the mix as much as three tracks earlier. This is full-tilt party music, led by a procession of robotic percussionists that give their ancient drums a new digital sheen. Yet, despite the consistency of sound throughout, Future Groove Compilation manages to sound as fresh and exciting on track one as it does on track 14, a sizable feat in itself.

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