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Underground British label Tummy Touch's collection of 1998-99 bongo-led ditties for the dance floor commences with two breakbeat tracks. The first is soaring and somnambulant, the next, an Idjut Boys rework with a funky bassline, is more in Tummy Touch's mode of percussive floor action. The tempo builds for the first half of the album, the percussion gets more frenetic, and the sounds become steadily wilder.

Groove Armada's "Wholemeal" is a Latino frenzy. Combining disco chord progressions with percussion straight from Cuba, it develops into a lush deep house affair. Los Chicharrons' stealthily catchy "Silence Before the Storm" offers a brief respite from the madness. Launching back into the fray, Tutto Matto's "Hugs and Kisses (Jack Belini Dub)" is a brilliantly driving, funky track, with a rabble-rousing vocal. Tim Lee's "Harder (US Mix)" is an exemplary slice of disco mayhem, and sunny string-led disco is also the order of the day in Tutto Matto's "Do What You Want." Sunny Face's "Horny Cha Cha Cha" is just that, whilst Tim Lee's "Sombre Hombre" brings the pace right down to a sublime, relaxed summertime groove. This collection will set hips hypnotically wiggling, arouse the exotic, and tease the Latino temperament from the most suburban sad face.

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