The C.O.M.A. Imprint, Disc 2

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The second disc of Candiria's two-disc set may surprise many, as it actually contains zero Candiria songs on it. Instead, it is a sampling of the artists Candiria have signed to their new imprint label that bears the same name as the album's title. Ranging from lounge jazz to street-smart hip-hop and toned-down electronica, Candiria as producers and A&R representatives prove that they are as eclectic with their tastes in music as they are with their own offerings. Chief invites the listener into a world of street rap that isn't refreshingly new, but is solid and comes off well. Spylacopa's electronic ambience is relaxing and gentle on the ears, slowly building with scattered piano dalliances and an erratic techno beat. Ghosts of the Canal merit two tracks on the six-song EP, whisking the listener away to a dreamscape of laid-back lounge jazz and earthy tones, allowing their haunting delivery to impact the listener with much more force than one would think the band could muster. Kid Gambino's fluid rhymes are a much more impressive offering than Chief's track, and there is serious potential in this young rapper. D.J. Laptop's electronica is promising, and sheds light on one of the newest faces in the techno world. On the whole, this second disc is thoroughly satisfying for any open-minded fan, and may even encourage listeners to experience other musical styles without fear or bias.

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