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Various Moods: You, the Night, and the Music

  • Words: Velanche
  • Label: Backdrop
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

With the obscene amount of crappy chill-out compilations destined for cutout bins, one wonders what the Backdrop label, a new imprint of Germany’s ObliqSound, can do to affect the tide. Moods isn’t going to break new ground, but it’s far from being a caricature of its bastard cousins. Craig Roseberry (a.k.a. DJ Shifty) has selected an international roster of talent that trades in a variety of feelings, styles, and interpretations of chic. Some tracks, like Stateless' “Bloodstream,” veer a tad too close to synth-pop; others, like Atjazz’s bloopy remix of Grand Pianoramax’s “Freestyle Figures,” are delightfully unique. It’s a mixed bag, but promising nonetheless.

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