Various Artists

The Future Sound of the London Underground

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Naming a compilation The Future Sound of the London Underground is almost as daring as starting a laundromat called $2.99 Cleaners. Why? Because the passage of time will inevitably wreak havoc on the relevance of the title. It's just as inevitable as inflation. Nonetheless, this double-disc set is a curiosity, since it simply pairs Layo & Bushwacka's 1999 Low Life album with Mr. C's 2000 Subterrain 100% Unreleased mix album. It's a good introduction to the world of nu breaks. Though not as impressive as 2002's Night Works, Low Life is full of successful genre-mashing within a nu breaks framework. And Mr. C's mix (originally released in 2000) is a successful blend of exclusives from the likes of Gene Farris, Dave Angel, Charles Webster, and -- naturally -- Layo & Bushwacka.

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