A relaxing 70-plus minute excursion into the world of blissful beats that is consistently soulful without laying on the new age vibe commonly associated with chillout music too thickly, Cafe du Monde showcases the diversity found within the downtempo/chillout market without the pretension. From the infectious hip-hop beats of DJ Spinna and DJ Food to the world elements found continuously throughout each track, Cafe du Monde isn't exactly an essential release. However, it does serve as a solid blueprint for casual listeners looking to get a good idea about downtempo music, or to simply have relaxing yet sophisticated music playing for atmosphere any time of day.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston