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Various Artists ReBoot

The lack of social awareness in electronic music has long been a weak point of the genre. Not that activism isn‘t present in the scene, but it‘s rarely been marketed as such. Enter reBoot, a collaboration between SF‘s Om records and NextAid. Co-founded by activist Lauren Segal, the LA-based organization‘s mission is to inspire grassroots AIDS awareness within the global dance community and further sustainable development programs to help the millions of children orphaned by the deadly virus, the overwhelming majority of whom are in Africa. It‘s not only a good cause, it‘s a good record, whose tone is set early on with Thievery Corporation‘s "Truth and Rights," a rebellious slice of righteous, bubbly ragga dub featuring Sleepy Wonder. The rest of the album contains above-average tracks from Om‘s usual suspects (Kaskade, Marques Wyatt with Gina Rene, Mark Farina, and Afro-Mystik), as well as strong cuts from Louie Vega, Jeremy Sole‘s Musaics featuring Garth Trinidad, and Miguel Migs. reBoot makes it easy to get up, get into it, and get involved.

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