Genetic World

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This debut outing by French techno craftsmen Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier is a lounge lizard's idea of heaven. Among the many intriguing elements stitched between the subtle dance beats are sultry female spoken-word snippets and seductive melodies provided by Peaches and Chilly Gonzales and gravel-voiced Scottish chanteuse Angela McCluskey of Wild Colonials. The overall vibe is predominantly mellow and the arrangements ooze sophistication via jazz chord voicings, an occasional upright bass sample, and odd time signatures. Cuts such as "Dance Me" will please the hardcore disco set and "Da Hoopla," featuring guest vocalist Soda Pop of Dirty Beatniks, emerges an obvious nod to the hip-hop nation. "Let's Go Again" melds acid jazz and acid rock with a repetitive bass motif, distorted guitar riffing, and groovy sound blasts, culminating with muted trumpet licks (is that you, Miles Davis?) on the coda. Genetic World contains a little something for every music fan, which, in this case, is a good thing.

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