Various Artists

Ultra Chilled, Vol. 5

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Like most of the releases in Ultra's Chilled series, this bases itself on the same premise: largely downtempo, loungey music geared towards late-night or early-morning periods of relaxation. However, what actually sets this two-disc set apart from its predecessors is that the makeup and track selection is quite diverse in scope. Trip-hop and breakbeats from Mocean Worker and Mr. Scruff start things off nicely, leading into more indie electronic territory courtesy of M83, the Postal Service (making a return appearance), Brazilian Girls and Scissor Sisters before taking a ninety degree turn by including legendary jazz vocalist Nina Simone's stirring "Feeling Good" to close out the first act. The second disc brings things back to more familiar Ultra Chilled territory. Staples such as Moby, Erasure and Wax Poetic float side by side with blues/hot hip-hop collective Sa-Ra and the classic Afro-Cuban sounds of Federico Aubele. Its erratic sequencing can be jarring at some points, but those celebrating the diversity and eclectic nature of downtempo music will be pleased at the wide diversity found here.

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