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Various Artists Chrome Children Vol. 2

Chrome Children Vol. 2 won't convince people to watch more Adult Swim shows (it's co-produced by the Cartoon Network), but it proves that Stones Throw's vitality is still strong after more than a decade. Chocolate Star's lovers' funk has beats that hack a drum kit to death on "Stay with Me," and The Jazzistics float to the moon under Madlib's loving hand. More highs come in the form of Clifford Nyren's antsy, blue-eyed soul number "Keep Running Away," and Roc C and Percee P's utopian hip-hop. But the downers–namely ex-N.W.A. rapper Arabian Prince's electro oldie "Strange Life"–will likely only be half-remembered by the stoned, Frylock-worshipping souls out there.

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