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Eastenders Orientation

Sexy tabla and sarod bleed into electronica-inspired studio effects on Eastenders' Orientation-a beveled reflection of Euriental diaspora. Overly-saturated tracks like Digital Jockey's "Ach ware ich ein zug, so fuhre ich in dein herz!" (whose schmaltzy synths are redolent of Erik Satie's "Gymnopedie" for piano) are complemented by more distilled arrangements like Orient Expressions' "Istanbul 1:26 am," in which a swank bongo dialogues with a jazzy saxophone. With breakneck percussion and snake-charmer harmonies, this compilation could be the soundtrack for a chic Jezebel joint, or an experimental blaxploitation film.

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