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Earth N Bass, Vol. 1

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Earth N Bass is a compilation of world music-gone-techno from Sultan32, a New York-based DJ/producer with a penchant for the variety of music in the worldbeat spectrum. The globe is spanned in his material, with a total of 12 songs from musicians ranging from Morocco to Brazil to India and all points between, all remixed by Sultan32. It makes for an intensely interesting affair, as the secular, the ritual, and the soundbytes are all manipulated into dance tracks, with a heavy bass 'n' drum loops everywhere. The most interesting highlights are potentially Sultan32's remix of his own Latin groove in "Dias Futuros," and the remix of Moroccan religious music in "Dourbiha." When it comes down to it, there are essentially two formats that the songs here take on. The first is a straightforward piece of house/techno with ethnic sound samples tossed in here and there, and the second is a more authentic ethnic song with the addition of drum tracks, bass, and sound effects over the top. When he's in the first form, Sultan32 isn't bad, but when in the second form, the result can be exceptional. Pick it up for a look at one of the new fronts worldbeat is taking.

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