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Future Funk, Vol. 4: Future Funk 4 U

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The compilation series Future Funk has come a long way since its 1997 debut. At first, the discs were spread out in a timely manner, but then 2000 saw the release of volumes four, five, and six. With the quick release schedule, it could easily be assumed that the quality and artist roster could slip, but quite the contrary has taken place. The fourth edition of Future Funk features such house heavy-hitters as Kevin Yost, Felix da Housecat, and Cajmere. The CD gently slides from its house introduction into more of a techno and jungle feel with Nookie and Larry Heard's single "Mystical People." The diverse and often off-beat world of abstract techno vocal tracks are represented with tracks from acclaimed producer Jimi Tenor and Romanthony. The compilation also features a previously unreleased track by I:Cube, rounding out the soul, funk, and house focus of this volume. Future Funk picks up the pace with the Propellerhead's higher energy "Take California" but brings it back to its original funk state à la a speedier but still jazz-based Funki Porcini. The tracks on their own stand strong, as they are from some of the best producers that current dance music has to offer. More importantly with a compilation such as this, not only do they hold steady as individuals, but they work well together and compliment one another in a way that is rarely heard on similar compilations.

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