Global Grooves follows in the same format as Whirl-Y-Waves Vol.1, with the first disc more upbeat and the second disc featuring ambient parachute tracks, all blended by DJ Monkey Pilot.
Disc one opens with 'Midnight at the Bazaar' by Zohar, a track that combines gentle drum and bass with soothing pianos, wonderful middle eastern strings and unusual distorted vocals. Its a slow opener and at first not that accessible, although the appeal of this track grows rapidly. Bi-Polar jump straight into typical Whirly mode with the instantly recognisable (and previously unreleased), foot tapping 'Jus Warmin'. A brass quartet adds to a lively bouncy beat, spiced up with quirky Hammond organs and funky guitar riffs. Its carnival time! This group are one to keep an eye on since their live set at the Reading WOMAD festival 2000 was fantastic.
'Adventures in Stereo' by Lemon steps up the carnival vibe with a very cheeky and cheerful number from their 'Fresh EP'. Lemon are one of the in-house bands at Club Montepulciano, one of London's hippest lounge bar/clubs. The Knights of the Occasional Table dish up a rarity with the Zion Train remix of Eden which is another strong track with catchy vocals & chants. And then into 'Come into the World' which is an absolute gem of a track that I first heard at WOMAD when Telepathy played live in the Whirl-Y-Gig big top back in 1996 (or was it '97?). Again, this is a previously unreleased track and hence its presence here on this compilation is a real bonus.
The warm, friendly vocals of 'come into the warmth my child, awaken to life to my child' float over a catchy analogue riff, which loops in a hypnotising fashion. Transglobal Underground dish up a rather average track which, at the time of the release of this compilation, was exclusive to this compilation although now features on their album 'Yes Boss Food Corner'.
The first of Global Union's tracks, 'Destination India' (another exclusive track), is a mid-paced acid 303 trancer featuring melancholic sitars and a beautiful ethnic vocal in the mid track breakdown. And then into another big Whirly tune, 'Instant Sunlight', by Dub Touch. This trips the mood back to uplifting carnival mode, with its clattery djembe beats and quirky vocal samples.
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