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Sidestepper 3 A.M. (In Beats We Trust)

While many producers and DJs are content to pilfer a culture's musical heritage merely by sifting through stacks of vinyl, for others the allure of the heartland itself is impossible to deny. Richard Blair is one of the latter, a journeyman Brit who took off for the warmer climes of Columbia and Jamaica in search of inspiration. Sidestepper is the result, and it calls to mind similar fusions by acts like Up, Bustle and Out, the alter-ego of fellow Englishman Rupert Mould, who traveled to Spain and Cuba for his own recordings. Sumptuous Latin rhythms, strident horn riffs and smoked-out ragga choruses are but of a few of the highlights you can expect.

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