Way better than you might guess from the title, as there's very little noise, and not really any chillout material – and instead a great batch of Ethio-styled grooves, showing the rich influence of Ethiopian music on the contemporary scene in recent years! The package was put together by the folks who compiled the Ethiopiques series – which is fitting, as a large number of groups here have been influenced by those legendary compilations over the past decade – and have taken older Ethiopian styles, and refit them in a range of contemporary funk, soul, and jazzy modes! Tracks are really well chosen – and most of the music here is quite faithful to the roots – with hardly any gimmicky, or too-easy modes – and instead a really deep understanding of the music, handled in a respectful recasting that really opens things up. The double-length package has plenty to offer – 28 titles that include "Etu Gela" by Dereb The Ambassador, "Balague" by Man Bites Dog, "Emnete" by Imperial Tiger Orchestra, "Lantchi Biye" by Jazzmaris, "Addis Polis" by Arat Kilo, "Yezemed Yebaed" by Le Tigre, "Diminished Heaven
" by Nubian Ark, "Chik Chikka" by Rattlemouth, "Metche New" by Akale Wube, "Athidebgn" by Zeritu, and "Gellele" by Daniel Techane.
(Includes original slipcase.)