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Chillout Sessions, Vol. 4

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How far can the term "chill-out" be stretched? Chillout Sessions, Vol. 4 starts out with a selection of the usual downtempo artists (Air, Massive Attack, Morcheeba), but then the stuttering beat and scratching turntables of Fatboy Slim kick in. So big beat is the new chill-out? To Ministry of Sound's defense, the cover does mention "soul" and "house," but most listeners won't be thinking chill-out for at least a quarter of the record. In spite of the misleading title, it is a good collection of club music outside of the usual pumping anthems, although David Bridie and Futureshock's contributions would sound at home on a David Gray album. Disc two gets further away from chill-out territory with the glittery filter-house of Room 5's "Make Luv" and Gabin's jittery "Doo Uap, Doo Uap, Doo Uap." As a selection of more tasteful and non-threatening dance music, it works. Can't wait to see Ministry of Sound's definition of "underground."

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