Various Artists

Dirty Martini: A Sultry Blend Of Lounge And Chill

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The number of electronica-spawned compilations that are designed for swank chilling must be in the thousands by now, but Water Music's Dirty Martini is an inspired collection despite its groan-worthy title and predictable packaging (martini glass on the front, half-naked urbanite vixen on the back). Nostalgic, cool, and campy numbers from Ursula 1000 and the Frank Popp Ensemble warrant the connection to the cocktail culture while dreamier, more subdued tracks from the Dining Rooms and Grand Pianoramax -- with the ever tasteful and tasty Nuspirit Helsinki on remix duties -- give the collection some depth. It's a well-chosen and sequenced offering from the label and delivers on the cover's promise of "sultry."

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