Felix Cutillo

Visage II

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With more and more compilations of downbeat dance littering the shelves of record stores, compilers stay ahead of the pack only when they dig deep to find the tracks that haven't been done to death by other labels. Europa Pop selector Félix Cutillo took up the challenge with his second volume in the Visage series, including tracks from just a few familiar names (Trüby Trio, Ralph Myerz, Swag) and peppering his mix with fresh tracks from obscure names ranging from all over the world, from Japan to Hungary, from Algeria to Brazil. The attention to detail pays off; while sticking mostly to the house and Latin flavors that spiced the original volume, Cutillo unearths some magnificent pieces of chilled house. The phased trumpets and shuffled beat of Shrift's "Airlock" make it a lock for the best track here, while the sleek, horn-driven rewrite of Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" (by the Japanese Reggae Disco Rockers) follows close behind.

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