Various Artists

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To introduce his new label, Cinq Etoiles, Dutch DJ and producer Monte la Rue assembled two discs of the finest downtempo and jazz-house tracks culled from his years of experience as one of Amsterdam's finest musical selectors. Disc one finds la Rue teasing his mellow side, with head nodders by Llorca and Big Muff making way for more intricate funk percussion from Max Berlin and Minus 8, whose samplefied "Elysian Fields" adds turntable scratches to coastal vibes and the ride cymbal-driven beat. Disc two increases the heat and the tempo with Herbert's always excellent remixing skills, this time on dZihan & Kamien's "Before." The '80s disco-wavesters Silicone Soul take it back to New York City where the mix essentially stays, pumping out the so-called weird disco cuts worshipped by Metro Area, although Washington, D.C.'s Deep Dish and Parisian St. Germain make this an international party. But the standout cut has got to be the Blaze reworking of acid jazz figureheads Incognito, who turn the groove-laden "Fearless," which could have easily fit onto disc one, into a storming dancefloor number with fiery drum attacks too hot for the sauciest lambada. Hot or cool, la Rue displays the musical sophistication of a man who never loses his perfectly coiffed do, regardless of how steamy the party gets.

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