Rise Ashen Presents Refuel-1

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Music with a patriotic bent is rarely cool. It's mostly fondue-genuine sentiment goobed up by cheesy treatment-or too anthemic to be taken seriously. On his latest compilation, Canadian producer/DJ Rise Ashen uses a little intro here, a few maple leaves for album art there, and an all-Canadian artist line-up to subtly acknowledge where he's coming from without the cheddar. Out of the 12 tracks of house and nu-jazz with Afrobeat and Eastern influences, the jogging-yet-chill Nubeings (a play on the word Nubians) present the only overt nod to multiculturalism. A good flow and good vibes make this comp worthwhile.