Gilles Peterson


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BBC Radio 1 presenter Gilles Peterson leads off his third Trust the DJ collection with the very unlikely choice of Tin Hat Trio's "Bill," an acoustic guitar and accordion piece that wouldn't easily slot into the soulful mold of his on-air program. But from there Peterson uses the brief cover of Stevie Wonder's classic "Too High" by Yesterday's New Quintet to segue into more familiar terrain. The problem, however, with many of Peterson's selections is that they focus more on sustaining the urban contemporary vibe than highlighting whatever gems that genre might have offered during the previous year. The opening moments to J-Live's "A Charmed Life" begin to gather some steam, but the rap isn't really sustained by the smooth jazz that serves as the tune's backdrop. Switzerland's Seelenluft contribution ("Manila") is significantly more musically engaging than most of the other pieces collected here. Peterson's ear for superb production quality is in evidence throughout all these tracks, but at their core most of the selections here are as bloodless as muzak.

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