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Various - Phuture Sole
Scotland's Sole Music is a leader of the left-center dance movement in the UK.  Previous compilations featured contributions from Joey Negro, DJ Spinna and their leading act Cooly's Hot Box.  On this release they elect for a distinctly broken beat flavor as Kaidi Tatham ("Lazy Days"), Bugz In the Attic ("Thinking of You") and  Jazzanova ("Burnin'") are highlighted over the course of tweleve songs.  In a slight twist from their earlier collections, you can hear the rumblings of an 80s revival in "Jerk Chicken Soul"'s rewrite of Cameo's "Shake Your Pants" and Guiro (Sole label chief Steve Middleton's project) offers "Music," which could have been cut during the height of electro. 

That's not to say that this is a collection of retread grooves: Graham Jerimia's "One Day" and "Ordinary Things" by Angela Johnson (the set's steadiest vocal presence, appearing on three tracks) are as strong as anything in their catalog.  As a whole Phuture Sole doesn't reach the level of their Sole Visions series but it does contain a couple of gems for those willing to sift through the pedestrian cuts. .

Copyright 2001 B.Graff.  All rights reserved.

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Released 2000 on Sole Music.


Tracks

Bugz In the Attic - Thinkin' of You
Ne-Grove - Jerk Chicken Soul
Count Zero - Blue Boogaloo
Homecookin' - Lazy Days
Tate's Place - Burnin'

Truby Trio - Carajillo
KV5 - Church Candle
Graham Jerimia - One Day

Guiro - Music
Tony Free - Deep Soul
Michael Ralph - Good Vibe
Angela Johnson - Ordinary Things

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