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Various Soul Heaven: Kenny Dope & DJ Karizma

  • Words: Rachel Shimp
  • Label: Soul Heaven
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Lord have mercy! Spiritualism bleeds from the 30-second mark of this double-disc compilation through its end, whether that adulation and celebration goes out to God, a lover, or the music itself. Following editions by Masters at Work, Osunlade, and Kerri Chandler, the British club night’s latest comp is commanded by two American jocks. Dope’s side begins with a foghorn and forges through beautiful songs by the likes of Peven Everett; Karizma’s starts with an orgasm and a track lineup (from Ben Westbeech, Ferrer, Kemistry, and himself) that’s slightly more dancing-under-the-strobe than dancing-in-the-aisles. Dope, though, like his partner, holds a supremely solid groove that’ll keep devotees of soulful house lining up for communion.

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