Various Artists

Es Vive Ibiza

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Not a full-blown Hed Kandi compilation -- one can tell since the artwork lacks a buxom cartoon supermodel -- Es Vive Ibiza (officially released on Base Ibiza) runs through two discs' worth of laid-back house grooves and, for the most part, avoids the trap that plagues most of the Hed Kandi compilations. Thanks to Abraham's "Magpie (Morgan Geist Remix)," Playgroup's "Pressure," Shakedown's "At Night," Black Science Orchestra's "Soul Weekender Mix," and Crazy Penis' "Mind Wide Open," this set doesn't turn into indistinguishable mush after 15 minutes. In relation to the Hed Kandi compilations, the selections here are rather adventurous -- and not just for the sake of it. Listeners are inspired to move without being bombarded with an endless stream of self-consciously tasteful and prissy productions.

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