Various Artists

Nu de Lune, Vol. 2: The Affair

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The second in Bar De Lune's Nu albums offers something more risqué than their previous compilations, replete with an out-of-marriage hotel-room photographic collection booklet within the lush box set. This effort demonstrates more the art director's own peccadilloes than the relatively vice-free contents of the album, with the relative seductiveness of the running order -- a selection which rips on the broken beats of the smoother side of eased house -- something of a subjective call. Those tuning in rather than making out will discover a digitally mixed selection which smooches from the delayed keys of the opening "Destination" through muted moans and inoffensive Soulstice songstress Gina Rene through the comparatively sweaty bump and grind of Testament's "We Need Love" before the soulful fade to the Black Beatnik's "I Feel You." It is the strung-out orchestral arrangements which have defined Matt Winn's work as D*Note since he made his debut with Dorado in the mid-'90s, a highlight of this body of material.

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