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Straight Ahead

So the compilation title is a blatant marketing ploy and not very creative but still an excellent way to promote the Swiss label and it's new website. All of the tracks on this compilation have been huge on the downtempo charts and acclaimed by Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Rainer Trüby and more. You can't really argue with those critics, can you? Some of the downtempo artists have been using the same elements in their tracks but Straight Ahead artists like Freeform Arkestra, Hidden Agenda, and Tweak tie in elements of hip-hop, house and jazz but drive it into new territory. The most notable is the intricate jazz structure and time signatures of the percussion and breaks. Forget the watered down lounge, Straight Ahead are creating an urban soundtrack that will challenge your pre-conceived notion of where this music is headed. -Justin Hardison

1. "Reggie's Escape"(Attica Blues Remix) - Earthbound
2. "Fathom" - Tweak
3. "Inside Outski" - Hidden Agenda
4. " Why?" - Sequel featuring Shoany White
5. "Sometimes" - Earthbound
6. "Freeform Theme"(Raw Deal Mix) - Freeform Arkestra
7. "Upsolid" - Sequel
8. "Salvation" - Hidden Agent
9. "Au Natural" -Nos
10. "In Return" (Sequel Remix) - Tweak

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