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Various Artists Now-Again Re:Sounds Volume One

There's something about the vintage sound of the '60s and '70s that remains inimitable, a fact not lost on this comp's slew of producers charged with remixing old and new gems from Stones Throw sub-label Now-Again. No generational gap here: The L.A. Carnival's soulful "Blind Man" gets a hip-hop update from Cut Chemist; Percee P spits fire alongside Koushik on "Cold Beats"; and Edan shines on the muddy, analog "Sagittarius Rapp." If the Kashmere Stage Band's old-school rendering of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" has a bit more juice than the last time you heard it, thank Todd Terry for the poignant remix-as well as J. Rocc, who cuts up their take on Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine." Re:Sounds' 17 tracks take you beyond any particular era, to a place where furious congas and saxophones mesh with the cries of broken vocalists seeking a fix through their microphones.

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