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Audiomontage is one of U.K. producer Jamie Odell's alter egos, usually reserved for up-tempo deep house cuts. Snert is a departure for Audiomontage, featuring a fine collection of slinky and soulful tunes too mellow for an Ibiza dancefloor but too assertively beat-driven for the chillout room. Not quite languid enough to be classified as downtempo, Snert is more like mid-tempo: the sexy "Solaire" oozes with a '70s soul-jazz vibe (sleazy saxophone, thumb-slap bass, electric piano, and all), but it's laid on top of a big 4/4 beat that keeps the song rooted in the present. In lesser hands, the combination might sound like a producer who simply can't make up his mind, but Snert is a remarkably self-assured album filled with as much melodic invention as it is throbbing dancefloor utility, and it's as much fun to chill with as it is to dance to.

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