Deep Forest

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Mike Sanchez and Eric Mouquet of Deep Forest have always been musical anthropologists, sampling the sounds of other cultures (Pygmy tribes of Cameroon, Gypsies of Eastern Europe, Cuban street musicians, to name just a few) and swirling them into their own ambient dance pop. On this 2002 release the French duo revisits some old samples and also brings in Turkish chant, Japanese pop, and Indian vocals. They introduce startling new elements as well: heavy electric guitars, many lyrics written in English, and a live drummer replacing the programmed rhythm tracks of their previous recordings.

Many of the lyrics here concern environmental issues and warn of the impending dangers of soullessness. Definitely not soulless are "Yuki Song," an old-fashioned love song with stirring vocals by Beverly Jo Scott, and the heart-rending "Will You Be Ready" featuring Japanese pop singer Chitose Hajime and the plaintive strains of shakuhachi flute. While not a typical Deep Forest album, MUSIC DETECTED is a weighty, personal work that reveals more and more on each listen.

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