Various Artists Pharoah Lounge

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Massive Attack's latest is awash with it. Yahoo has a list-serve devoted to a hip-hop faction of it. The Bush administration is employing mass detentions and forced registration to rid our county of it. I'm speaking, of course, of Muslim and/or Middle-Eastern culture. At a time in our history when an entire millennia-old history is under suspicion, Pharaoh Lounge is a refreshing reminder of electronica's encompassing nature. This compilation of music from India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe lends itself well as a bridge-perfect as an introduction to a range of styles and lyrical modes of expression that we would do well to not silence forever. Or even temporarily.