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February 14, 2011

The 37th State Compilation | Various Artists

Album Review: The 37th State Compilation
by Brent Faulkner

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The 37th State Compilation is a contemporary Afrobeat album that
straddles elements of funk, hip-hop, and R&B. Incorporating a modern
bag of tricks production-wise alongside African percussion sounds and
superbly orchestrated horns, the music is the highlight of this effort.
While the grooves are always infectious and “in the pocket,” sometimes
overindulgence in length and ‘minimalist’ scope of The 37th State
Compilation takes away from it ever so slightly. Overall, the
compilation is one that is well produced and mixed, though not always
incredibly distinct in its material. It may be the fact that with two
separate discs (disc one is entitled ‘Departures’ while disc two, mostly
a remix disc, is entitled ‘Arrivals’), but it is a nice cultural
contribution with African heritage at its forefront if nothing more. To continue, please click “MORE”!