As the title suggests, this slowly percolating, vaguely ambient compilation -- featuring Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada (with Patti Page, no less), Supreme Beings of Leisure, Nightmares on Wax, Autour de Lucie and Delerium -- shuffles along at a relaxed pace, providing aural wallpaper for those about to chill. Not to be confused with the similar BMG series.KH
DAFT PUNK Discovery (Virgin) Rating: NNN
Their imprint is all over the current crop of house and club music, but Daft Punk seem more interested in thinking up interesting scenarios to hide their faces than coming up with another groundbreaking approach to their wildly anticipated second album. Discovery has two, maybe three, different songs on it. There is the exuberant, heavily phased pop/house anthem, done best on One More Time, Aerodynamic and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. There is the pop cheese of Digital Love, and then there are the ambient throwaways that tie the whole thing together. In their initial doses, these sounds are impressive enough, but for all their conceptual smarts, the French duo seem content to simply rework the same ideas over and over again on record without really pushing them further out. A great EP masquerading as a full album.