Various Artists

Frequent Flyer: Bombay

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The Kinkysweet label continued its output of thematic mix CDs with the Frequent Flyer series, which supplanted the long-running Bargrooves series. These two-disc mixes are thematic in the sense that they're assembled with a particular locale in mind, namely a fashionable far-flung metropolis with a particular style of music to its credit. Predictably, the Bombay volume is characterized by various aspects of Indian music, though at its core this mix is firmly within the house music camp. For instance, instrumentation generally associated with Indian music is all over this volume, and a number of selections are full-on fusions. While there are a number of standout tracks and some big-name talent showcased (Nicola Conte, Thievery Corporation, Fila Brazillia, Ravi Shankar, Tabla Beat Science), this isn't an all-around excellent disc. Then again, none of these Kinkysweet mixes are all-around excellent -- in general, the track selection is spotty, perhaps because of licensing costs, and the mixing is nothing special. What they are, however, is well-assembled, especially in terms of motif and packaging. So if you're more interested in the overall spirit of these mixes than the actual music itself, you'll find much to savor here. These Frequent Flyer mixes are great mood-setters, perfect for lazy afternoon daydreaming or late-night drink-sipping.

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