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Various Dessous’ Best Kept Secrets

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House label Dessous bills itself as sexed-out, tousle-haired, and bedroom-eyed, and this double-disc compilation just furthers that aesthetic. The first disc is compiled by the ubiquitous Steve Bug, and the second (better) disc is mixed by the now Berlin-based Vincenzo. The cuts here–from better-known names like Phonique, as well as newbies like Ryo Murakami, go deep, with grooves that build slowly. The label’s strong identity means listeners know what to expect–both a blessing and a curse, as the consistent quality is counterbalanced by the lack of surprise.