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Departure Lounge: Grooves

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Each volume of the Departure Lounge series, put together by the Petrol subsidiary of EMI, compiles a mildly pleasant mixture of music geared toward the background, much of which is electronic-based, sample-heavy, and provided by a cast that is mostly unknown. Few of the selections are stimulating, but the series as a whole is at least effective in setting a relaxed mood. Notable tracks on Departure Lounge: Grooves include the Five Corners Quintet's ""Blue Cycles,"" Monsieur Blumenberg's ""Bossa con Alfanno,"" Alien Army's ""Scratchoetry,"" and Parov Stelar's ""Chambermaid Swing"" -- an odd fusion of buoyant swing, deep house, and dark synth pop.

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