Atlanta-based Chocolate Soul Entertainment builds on its pledge to present music that's fun to listen to and nourishes the soul with this second compilation mixing hip-hop, R&B, jazz, and African,

Atlanta-based Chocolate Soul Entertainment builds on its pledge to present music that's fun to listen to and nourishes the soul with this second compilation mixing hip-hop, R&B, jazz, and African, Caribbean, and dance rhythms. The first in the series—2000's The Music Compilation—featured such newcomers as Philadelphia duo Kindred, currently in the midst of wrapping its Hidden Beach Recordings debut. While not every track on this follow-up is a standout, there are still some worthwhile cuts that bear attention. Among them: Peven Everett's soul-kissed contribution "Testin' Me," Fertile Ground's hypnotic "Higher," ex-Incognito member Karen Bernod's inspirational "Pray," and Los Angeles hip-hop fave Medusa's "My Momma Raised a G." For a line on what's happening outside of today's follow-the-leader mentality, slide this CD into your player and take a listen. Contact 404-763-8656 or chocolatesoul @mindspring.com.—GM