Mr. Gone

Trumethod Collectiv: Collection A

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This mix CD emerged at a time when distinctions between dance music subgenres were not only dissolving in practice, but also in terminology -- the differences between nu jazz and acid jazz and deep house had become, by this point, completely baffling to the average listener (though they remained clear to the club-rat cognoscenti). Trumethod Collectiv: Collection A reflects that breakdown in distinctions and celebrates it, mixing gently propulsive mid-tempo funk into jazzy house, and dub-inflected Brazilian grooves into more smooth, jazzy funk. Throughout the long and varied program, jazz and funk remain the operative terms, as Stratospheric's Brazilian booty-bumper "5501 Desoto Heights" dissolves into the soulful and horn-heavy strut of the New Jazz Hustler's "Wanna Take You for a Ride," and the electric piano-fueled house of BMF's "Deepest Soul" segues into the trippy down-tempo hip hop of Down to the Bone's "Right On Baby, Yeah!." Very nice.

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