This compilation is excellent, both in the choice of artists and in its presentation of the variety that can be found in the general Asian underground style.

This compilation is excellent, both in the choice of artists and in its presentation of the variety that can be found in the general Asian underground style. Asian underground is a phenomenon of the English club scene of the '90s. The music is electronica—albeit a distinctive, eccentric style of electronica—wielded primarily, but certainly not exclusively, by Indian artists residing in England. They build a sound from breaks, tabla beats, dub, drum'n'bass, vocal samples, Indian classical samples, and live vocals (particularly female). Asian Underground is often fiercely danceable and always possessed of exotic sonic ideas. Notable pioneers of this groove, including Joi, Ananda Shankar, Black Star Liner, Asian Dub Foundation, Uzma, and Fun-Da-Mental, are all represented here. For anyone wishing to join the Asian Underground, this CD is an ideal point of entry. Racked in the U.S. by Rykodisc.—PVV