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  • The White Room [Arista, 1991] A-

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The White Room [Arista, 1991]
"They're justified/And they're ancient/And they like to roam the land," croons anonymous disco soulgirl P.P. Arnold. "They don't want to upset the apple cart/And they don't want to cause any harm/But if you don't like what they're going to do/You'd better not stop them 'cause they're coming through." Whereupon follows a famous sample from the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" and a welter of pop-industrial body grooves. These voracious smarty-pants Brits--a/k/a the Timelords, the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the Jams--are sampling less and copycatting more these days, and whatever they mean or don't mean, deconstruct or reify or exploit, they like everything I like about house and are canny enough to can the boring parts. Somebody at the label that brought us Snap has an ear for the rap-Eurodance cusp. A-