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Have you ever longed for a record filled with songs that fuse scintillating Brazilian sounds with Parisian house music? Of course not, you're an American and you don't have time for that fruity, foreign crap! But you may be surprised at how intoxicated you can get when listening to the second installment in this exotic, down-tempo series.

Jointly drawn up by DJs Francois K and Alain Ho, this assemblage of international dance ditties is cool and classy enough to be enjoyed by your damn self. Among the favorites: a persistent Afro-soul opener from Japanese spinner Muro, remixed by U.K. live duo Bah Samba; an acid-jazz beauty from Paris' Limbo Experience; a couple of carefree numbers from Brazilian music makers Tom and Julie; a moody, soulful samba from Manchester house producers Jersey St.; and an Afrocentric pick-me-up from Brandy -- the Belgian beat man, not the R&B diva and star of Moesha. This album is probably the most niche-specific you can get for an underground dance compilation, but, if you give it a chance, you'll find yourself easily becoming a part of that niche.


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