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Various Artists Elaste Vol. 1: Slow Motion Disco

Unlike Italo-disco, the slowed-down Italian style "Cosmic" was never widely exported, despite its dancefloor-friendly blend of 4/4 beats, synths, and influences like Afrobeat and industrial. Though almost jarringly lethargic, the slowed-down funk and quasi-disco (around 80 to 105 bpm) really grooves. The tempo also gives the tracks a playfulness and novelty, as does the berimbau (more commonly used in samba) on the remixed "Mystery Man," from Clive Stevens & Brainchild. Not everything works so well, though: Love International's "Dance on the Groove (and Do the Funk)" doesn't stretch far enough to be interesting.

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