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Solid Sounds 2002, Vol. 2

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With over 20 installments, it must've been difficult to keep the Solid Sounds series interesting. In some respects, it shows. The first disc of 2002's second release wisely overplays a strict template of Eurocentric techno-house, but it's all rather tolerable, not terribly window-shattering stuff. Junior Jack's "Thrill Me," for example, is a likely unintentional mating of Stylus Trouble's appealing "Sputnik" and the deceptive horsepower of the Chemical Brothers' "Under the Influence," while John Creamer and Stephane K. switch Puretone's "Addicted to Bass" over to a light and impressionistic number. Sanproject, Frank Biazzi, Dave Swayze, Extramode, and Urban Voodoo are some of the more unfamiliar names on the second disc, but none of their slightly distracting, house-restricted mid-tempos suggest anything but compilation padding.