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Osunlade Offering

This gem of an album doesn't really break new ground-there's nothing particularly flashy, attention-grabbing or innovative here. What distinguishes Osunlade's Offering from the rest of the Afro-Brazilian, nu-jazz and broken beat set is the reverence, earnestness and sincerity with which he treats each of the tunes on this compilation. There's no quick-mixing or clever cutting about, just one impossibly soulful song flowing directly into the next. From his own "Tree of Life" (featuring an unforgettable vocal turn by Nadirah Shakoor) and "Beats de los Muertos Africa," tunes, to delectable selections from John Beltran ("Bota Foga"), Jazzanova (the quirky "That Night" track featuring Vikter Duplaix), Trüby Trio ("Alegre") and Faze Action ("Samba"), Offering is an absolutely compelling listen from beginning to end, and one that digs deep to reveal the roots and primal rhythms that inspire modern electronic music.

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