Various Artists

Spirit of India: A Pure Selection of Electronic Vibes

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Ethnic dance fusion compilations are about as rare as downbeat mix albums, which means that they're to be had nearly everywhere and are usually cash-in efforts of poor quality. One of the good ones is this expansive two-disc set from Wagram, for which the compilers grabbed 30 tracks from all sorts of sources (though most come from the British dance underground, which has close ties to the Indian diaspora). Listeners looking for traditional Indian music certainly won't find it here -- there's a reason for the title Spirit of India -- but they will find a great wrap-up of evocative electronica, ranging from West Coast hip-hop producer Dan the Automator to French trip-hop auteur Kid Loco.

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