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Hed Kandi: Back to Love, Vol. 03.02

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Hed Kandi's fourth Back to Love installment continues the series' gradual transformation from a well-packaged revaluation of early-'90s British rave standards to a summery, acid disco wash of soulful house music and stateside garage. While tracks like House of Virginism's "I'll Be There for You (Doya Dododo Doya)" and Soul II Soul's "Keep on Movin'" show little of the Hacienda influence apart from the ubiquitous piano loop, they're not without their charms. Todd Terry, Victor Romeo, Night Crawlers, and Stetsasonic's nearly uncriticizable standards appear; De La Soul's remixed "Eye Know" steals the show; and some straight-out-of-theme hip-hop cuts are thrown in as well, including Eric B. & Rakim's beloved "I Know You Got Soul" and Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock's triumphal "It Takes Two." Not bad, but hardly in step with Back to Love's original intentions anymore.