Various Artists

The Sex, the City, the Music: Shanghai

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Part of the series celebrating the music and nightlife of cities around the world, The Sex, the City, the Music: Shanghai takes its listeners deep into the heart of China's biggest city. While it is doubtful that many are familiar with the artists here (the exception of course being David Bowie, whose song "China Girl" gets the same treatment as every other track on album, that is, a remix), the use of Eastern instruments and ideas is common enough in electronica and club music that the ideas introduced shouldn't sound that out of the ordinary. "Waiting 4 U," by Bai Kwong, (who has three songs on the record) has a nice downtempo vibe, "Ye Shanghai," by Chow Hsuan (who also has three songs on the record) is dark and seems to be inspired by Detroit techno, and "All the Stars in the Sky," by Chang Loo (who contributes a measly two tracks), is fun and dancey. However, it's difficult to say if The Sex, the City, the Music: Shanghai truly brings a taste of what Shanghai has to offer, and as far as electronica or club albums go, it's nothing special, either.

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