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Various Artists: Balanced Output

New York -based Freeze Records’ Balanced Output (Freeze, 55089, 57:32), is a distinguished nuevo-groove compilation, in the sense that it actually works, even as some of the approaches and earmarks (retro instrumentation, Afro-Latin flavored beats, etc.) have a heard-it-before ring. There are still some tracks that bear re-listening: Milk & Honey-also known as Peter and Vanessa Daou-checks in with “Motion,” a gurgling keyboard-driven track with a barely tactile funkiness. Naked Music N.Y.C., featuring Katrina Vaughan, also weighs in with two interesting tracks, “Up Downtown” and the sassy soulster “Don’t Worry ‘Bout the Future.”

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