Various Artists Beneath The Surface

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Moods & Grooves has outgrown its reputation asjust a house label. The importance founder Mike Grant places on diverse musical architecture pays off on Beneath the Surface, a meticulously constructed and eclectic musical passage. The compilation weaves through Rick Wade's haunting acapellas and John Tejada's fast-paced keyboard tweaks, winding up with the funky, downtempo "Is It Cool" by Andres, all of which leaves the listener stranded in the hallway between the dance arena and the chill-out lounge.