M.O.C. Paoli

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M.O.C. Paoli is one of the pioneering figures of the Goa trance scene, a longtime resident of Goa, India, and co-founder of the Cosmic Tramp & Plasma Pleasure project as well as a resident DJ at Ibiza's Bambuddha Grove. So his bona fides as a compiler of Afro-Oriental groove music are well established, which means that you can relax and trust him to select the best -- even if you're unfamiliar with names like Red Buddha, Herman Tladl, and the Hu. Nor does he disappoint when coming up with bracingly minimal techno from Dissidenten (as remixed by the great jungle DJ Badmarsh), complex Afro-electro swing from General Maans ("Jogulen"), bubbling and horn-heavy ethnomusicology from Bob Holroyd ("Drumming Up a Storm"), or eerie exoticism from Bahramji and Maneesh de Moor (the dark, beautiful, and very very long "Watch the Cat"). This is the type of project that could easily have descended into mere multi-culti mushiness, but M.O.C. Paoli never makes the mistake of sacrificing musical substance for feel-good bathos -- everything on this collection rewards close listening. Strongly recommended.

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