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Various Artists Black to the Future

The music on Black to the Future doesn't shun dancefloor formulas, but reliable 4/4 kicks take a backseat to more complex syncopations. Jazz and nu-soul-inflected rhythms, r&b and leftfield electronic beats all get a chance to vie for greatness here. Highlights include the sublimely gorgeous "This Journey In" by LA's the Rebirth, broken beat cuts by the UK's 4Hero's Dego and Attica Blues' Charlie Dark and Agent K's "Mark 1," a worthy homage to the jazz-funk era. If the beats are still too radical for you, just follow MC Capitol A's advice and "Bounce To This."

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