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Various Artists Simply Good Music Vol. 1

Genre-lly speaking, the tracks on Simply Good Music are diverse, ranging from broken beat to neo soul to UK rap to uplifting New York-style garage. But this compilation makes you realize how useless genres sometimes are, since these numbers by Amp Fiddler, DKD, Roots Manuva and more are intrinsically linked by their soul roots, soothing vocals, and a large, at times oppressive, amount of live instrumentation. Highlights include Ty's bumpy relationship ode "Wait A Minute" and Carl Craig's remix of Zap Mama's "Bandy Bandy," which manages to be jiggy and experimental at the same time. But most of Simply Good Music is incredibly smoothed out and mellow, a Giant Step trademark that will suit some people's definitions of good music, and not others'.

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