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World Music CD Reviews World Fusion

Various Artists

By Stacy Meyn
Published March 16, 2007

Buddha Bar VIII
George V Records 23807 10572

French imprint George V has carried the vibe of the Buddha Bar to the planet one more time. Disc One is named for Paris, and extols major relaxation. Notable tracks/contributors are Naomi’s "White,” "Hasdi Hasdi (Hit Squad Mix)" by Panjabi Hit Squad featuring Manpreet Kaur, Antaeus’ "Palm of the Prophet,” Yasmin Levy’s "Madre, Si Esto Hazina,” Pompon Finkelstein’s­ "Lost In Reflection (La Forza Del Destino by G. Verdi),” and Popat’s own­ "Golden Ring” with Alexandre Scheffer. Disc Two is entitled “New York” and appropriately jumps up the boogie. Hot picks include Ensemble Ethnique’s­ "Asilah,” "Mother Blues" by DJ Bool presenting Jerk House Connection, Sanja Ilic & Balkanika’s "Balkan Vocals,” "La Esperanza (Hope & Faith)" from Bongoloverz featuring Ursula Cuesta, Orient Expressions’ "Istanbul 1:26 a.m.,” Yves Larock’s "Nomadic Knights,” and "I Feel You" from Schiller­. Of course, Popat & Scheffer add in their­ "Dil Mera.” A sumptuous feast of rhythm and groove.