UNITED FUTURE ORGANIZATION V (Exceptional/Fusion III) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Having apparently exhausted Japan's seemingly bottomless supply of rare jazz and Brazilian records for their own sample-stitched bossa beats, Tokyo trio United Future Organization head for the chill-out lounge on V. The threesome's vinyl cut-ups are still seamless, but anyone expecting the frantic, dance-floor-friendly grooves of past UFO records is in for a shock. With its soothing guitars and chiming soundscapes, V has more ambient drones than beats. It's all very stylish but boring. Only the Mark Murphy-voiced No Problem, Jon Lucien cover Listen Love and the salsa-spiced Suite Espagnole display UFO's typically arch take on global club music.