If the second volume in the 2000 Black label's The Good Good series seems lacking in comparison to its predecessor, it's not because the broken beat scene is already on the wane; it's simply because these tracks aren't as solid overall. Even so, another survey of Dego McFarlane's label provides some crucial moments. The Seiji remix of Micatone's "Run" begins with a series of tranquil keyboard tones that almost mirror the ones that open Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness," but the track winds up moving into a lovely hybrid of '70s jazz-funk and modern R&B production. Volcov and Paradox's nearly tribal "Soulbreeze" doesn't quit fit its title, with busy, nervous percussion and fluttery keyboard wriggles atop an up-tempo house rhythm. A good portion of the remaining tracks provide ammo for those who disregard the broken beat/nu-jazz scene as a playpen for turtlenecked acid jazz refugees, as they're better-suited for after-the-office-job bistros than sweaty clubs. For every hot track with imaginative drum programming and bold ARP and Rhodes work that picks up where Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and James Mason left off in the '70s, there's another that's just as immaculately produced and just plain...nice (read: dull). Bonus points for the inner sleeve, which positions each jersey-clad member of the 2000 Black "football club" on a field diagram in their designated roles -- surely substitute Assassinho Daninha would make a better goalkeeper than Phil Asher?
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman
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