Various Artists

The Rhythm Lounge, Vol. 1

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A Chicago label releasing a compilation chock-full of Big Apple flavor, New York house veteran Kerri Chandler produced or remixed four of the ten tracks here. And Chandler's classic formula of big drums topped with wispy instruments and vocals is as pleasurable as it ever was. "Summer Love" has an amazingly deep and processed kick drum, while the light-footed piano, vocal, and bass shuffle across the top, seemingly unaware that they're riding on a dinosaur's back. West Coast house aristocrat Miguel Migs and his Naked Music cohort Rasoul contribute "Summer Elements," a minimal trip-hop effort with serious R&B flavor. Elsewhere, the Blak Beat Niks command you to do the hustle as if disco never went out of fashion. The CD cover calls this a "collection of Brazilian, Afro-beat, and nu jazz." Most would just call it house music. But despite the over-abundance of similar compilations on the market, The Rhythm Lounge holds its own by diversifying styles and never compromising on quality.

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