Various Artists

Future Discothèque

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Who could have predicted that a 2003 compilation called Future Discothèque would include house tracks featuring the voices of disco stars like Teddy Pendergrass, Ike & Tina Turner, Bob Marley, and the poised-for-international-fame Billie Holiday? Better yet, who could've predicted that these tracks would be mixed together with the likes of Dead or Alive? This is a two-disc set mixed by DJ Skooby, whose house-dominated play list consists of the bizarre remixes mentioned above and other deep house curiosities, most of which have a distinct lack of character. They have the prime components of house music, but there is little about the selection that makes it any different than any other random set -- unless you consider the out of place vocal turns that turn the whole thing into a cruel joke. It can be knocked down another grade for nicking Mastercuts' Bar Social graphic design scheme; they could've at least had the sense to steal from a good source.

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