Various Artists

For Successful Living: Mixed by Justin Deighton

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Justin Deighton's Product Deluxe label releases the best sort of tracks, those nebulous hybrids between house and techno that artists like Laurent Garnier and Derrick Carter make their specialty. Genres don't matter as long as the funk is present. And without doing anything special, Product Deluxe tracks have the funk in spades. Deighton himself can clearly take some of the credit for this indefinable groove. He is not only the ears of the label, but the co-producer on five of this compilation's 11 tracks. He also did a superb job of mixing the tracks, often gliding through mixes over the course of minutes rather then seconds. Beginning with a house-y break on Soul Patrol's "Flex" and some deep funk guitar on Eastside Movement's "Mainline Soul," it is the introduction of the funky bassline on Soul Patrol's "Keep It Country" that really starts to kick things into gear. Carter himself gives the "boompity-boomp" treatment to Hot Lizard as things start to get sleeker and techier throughout the rest of the mix. For Successful Living suffers none of the usual setbacks of most same-same label compilations. Stretching from groovy house to groovier techno might not be much of a stretch, but it is more than enough to make for an enjoyable hour.

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