Various Artists


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While there's certainly nothing wrong with another batch of James Brown-infused funk from the Dark Continent, one has to wonder if maybe this music is suffering from Pebbles disease. Simply put, the groove is getting repetitive, so much so that the tracks are starting to blur together. This is understandable, as all the bands here and on most comps like this shared two main influences: the Godfather himself and Nigeria's own Fela Kuti. That being said, aficionados are sure to dig this, just as it's hard to convince those into '60s garage music that they've probably heard enough. There are enough Latin burps and odd tricks to keep things mildly interesting. Those in search of a new experience, though, might look elsewhere.