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Various Artists BBQ Beets 2: Return Of The Yams

Chill out that manages to warm you up, this collection of 18 tracks (mixed tag-team by DJ Olive and James Healy) keeps the ear engaged while easing the mind. "AA" by QPE sets the bar high early on, with languorous beats and spare instrumentation. Israeli-born Badawi (a.k.a. Raz Mesinai) brings his training in Middle Eastern percussion to "The Approach," a beat-heavy collage of influences, while a number of other tracks, including Nettle's "Firecamp," flirt with dub. The yams might remain a mystery, but BBQ Beets 2 is a straightforward pleasure.

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