Various Artists

Sounds from the Electronic Lounge

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If you've been looking for a combination of lounge music's self-consciously blasé decadence and the chilly electronic atmospherics of the techno/rave scene, then you have no farther to look than this disc. Consisting of 21 tracks presented in an uninterrupted "DJ mix" format, Sounds from the Electronic Lounge floats gently from low-key club beats to equally gentle drum'n'bass tracks, never chilling out completely but also never rising above a gentle simmer of energy. The result is very pleasant dance music that fits just fine in the background but will also reward your attention, should you choose to turn it in the music's direction. Featured artists include Sonic Man (whose "Sonic Dub" is one of the album's highlights), DJ Supernova and Kirlian, who contributes an annoyingly minimalist (but nicely bass-heavy) house track. The project's masterminds are Scanner and Signs of Chaos; both are responsible for some of the more interesting music on this disc, as well as the overall production. This isn't a groundbreaking album, but it's one of the better things to come from the electronic scene.

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