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Bertallosophie is collection of stellar laid-back tracks assembled by Italian deejay and radio personality Alessio Bertallot, segued together to form a continuous mix. Bertallot pulls together all kinds of tracks from the languid electro-soul of Zero 7 on "Distractions," to shimmering modern nu-soul with Erykah Badu's "Bag Lady," and Ursula Rucker with "Seven" with rapper Mad. The political edge continues to lean to the left as the groove gains tempo and texture with Michael Franti and Spearhead on "Oh My God," and then shifts over the top with the funk off Keziah Jones. On 28 cuts, split over two CDs, without sonic embellishments, this is a compilation, not a mix. It would work well at a party -- especially earlier in the evening. Most of what's here is restrained but liquid, free and easy, with cuts by Llorca, Faithless, Squarepusher, Gotan Project, Hefner, Photek, and Nitin Sawhney with Shuggie Otis' "Island Letter" closing it out. Drum and bass, funk, soul, reggae, electro, house, world musics; blend and coagulate rather than clash, in a warm, shimmering pool of sensual grooves.

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