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Various Artists Gilles Peterson: The Eclectic Sessions Vol. 2

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It's cool that Gilles Peterson still has somewhere to go creatively, despite having overhauled the global landscape of dance music many times over. Stepping away from the acid jazz/hip-hop fusions he's known for, The Eclectic Sessions collects elegant downtempo pieces that easily shape one of the strongest lounge collections of the year. As to be expected from Peterson, this collection moves seamlessly between different genres, from startlingly intelligent hip-hop ("Only Child's Memories") to spine-chilling soul (Alison Crockett's "Like Rain") to sharply witty house (Nick Holder's hilarious "No More Dating DJs"). Check Max Sedgley's "Happy" for exceptionally tight minimal funk. Essential.