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Born on the 24th of July

British tunesmith/producer/DJ Charles Webster has been concocting beats and rhythms for dancefloors since the mid-'80s.

British tunesmith/producer/DJ Charles Webster has been concocting beats and rhythms for dancefloors since the mid-'80s. In the past, he recorded under numerous aliases, including Presence, Furry Phreaks, Sine, and Love From San Francisco. But Born on the 24th of July finds Webster shedding his many monikers for the comfort of his own name. In the process, he has made a sterling collection that is less concerned with the dancefloor than with the post-club experience. Except for such sophisticated house tracks as "I Understand You" and "I'm Falling," the album's lush, soulful, atmospheric grooves will be heard predominantly in fashionable cafés, boutiques, lounges, and salons. For those who frequent such places—where artists like Bebel Gilberto and Thievery Corporation were savvily championed—expect "Forget the Past," "Put Your Hurt Aside," "Your Life," and "Sweet Butterfly" to insinuate themselves into your subconscious. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Statra is distributed by ADA.—MP