Various Artists

Nova Classics, Vol. 4

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Like the Nova Tunes and Test compilations, the Nova Classics discs demonstrate the breadth and open-mindedness of France's Radio Nova, but as you can tell from the title, the focus here is more rooted in the distant past -- especially where soul, funk, and reggae are considered -- with a smattering of relatively recent inclusions that should appeal to fans of old sounds. The fourth volume of Nova Classics features Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle," Isaac Hayes' "Use Me," Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body," Adonis' "No Way Back," Sly & the Family Stone's "Just Like a Baby," and Mr. Scruff's "Spandex Man." The cross-section between funky soul and mechanic house is a little bizarre, but again, the wealth of great picks is too substantial to disregard.

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