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Various Artists Newsoundtheory Vol. 2

Newsoundtheory Vol. 2 isn't electronica, it isn't downtempo: it's "nu-lounge," which doesn't so much refer to the bpms as the general vibe of tracks by Goldlust, Lumiere and Chris Brann. That said, these 17 tracks sound mainly like languid, smoothed-out disco house-the soundtrack to one of those high-end bars where cocktails have names like the Mokatini and long-haired girls in expensive shoes flit about the room. There's a fine line between this so-called nu-lounge and easy listening-they both use a lot of the same aural relaxation techniques-but sometimes there's nothing wrong with music even a mother could love.

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