Various Artists

Meteosound

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The origins of this compilation are rooted in the Meteosound nights at the Maria am Ostbahnhof club in Berlin, where D Meteo brings together examples of experimental reggae, dubwise computer beats, dub-inflected mixes of local artists' work, and cutting-edge examples of the best in British neo-dub. The result must sound a lot like this album: mysterious, glitchy, at times slightly creepy, alternately as warm as ganja smoke and as chilly as a silicon chip. Those with more traditional leanings will feel most comfortable with Manasseh and the Equalizer's very low-down "King of the Land," which combines a Casiotone beat with swooping, ethereal dubwise guitars, and with the summit meeting between Jah Meek and the Rootsman, whose "Beautiful World" could almost have come straight from the On-U Sound catalog. Those with a more experimental bent will surely love Dntel's more abstract "Fear of Corners (L.A. Bus Mix)" and Tikiman's funky "The Sound." But everything here is worth hearing, and most of it is worth hearing more than once.