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The Outernational Sound

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First off, The Outernational Sound is proof that Thievery Corporation are cool, know their stuff, and have great taste. The tracks they've selected for this mix are more organic than expected, filled with sitars, sambas, and analog dubs with very little you'd think was electronica. Hipsters call this slapping of old jazz, reggae, and R&B records on the turntable "rare groove," and you've got to do a lot of homework to not come off as a charlatan. The duo never come off as anything but smart lovers of groovy music, the quirkier the better. The problem is that the mix isn't seamless and some of the transitions are downright jarring. The Corp's own "Richest Man in Babylon" is a tripped-out highlight -- a high compliment considering it keeps company with killers from Boozoo Bajou and Beatfanatic -- but Delroy Wilson's excellent "Better Must Come" just stumbles out of it. Tracks mix better during the album's softer beginning, but as a whole this sounds more like a cool radio station than someone trying to tell a story with two turntables. Dig it for the great tunes, not the flow. ~ David Jeffries
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 International Flight David Snell 1:56
  3. 2 Ya Ma Le Thievery Corporation 2:19
  4. 3 Vai Vai Thunderball 3:10
  5. 4 Chez Roger Boite Funk Troublemakers 2:36
  6. 5 3 Play It Cool Crazy Penis 3:35
  7. 6 Slow Hot Wind Block 16 2:46
  8. 7 Under My Sensi [Thievery Corporation Remix] Thievery Corporation 3:28
  9. 8 The Lagos Communiqué Thievery Corporation 3:59
  10. 9 Sea Groove Big Boss Man 3:45
  11. 10 Cookin' Thievery Corporation 3:16
  12. 11 Cramp Your Style Thievery Corporation 2:10
  13. 12 Simbarere Antônio Carlos e Jocafi 2:33
  14. 13 Re-Return of the Original Artform Thievery Corporation 3:32
  15. 14 Shall We Dance Karminsky Experience 2:37
  16. 15 Within You Without You Thievery Corporation 2:7
  17. 16 Mathar [Discovery of India Mix] Indian Vibes 3:52
  18. 17 Expo in Tokyo Alan Moorhouse 2:10
  19. 18 My French Brother Thievery Corporation 3:51
  20. 19 Richest Man in Babylon [G-Corp Remix] Thievery Corporation 5:40
  21. 20 Better Must Come Thievery Corporation 2:50

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