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VARIOUS: Cloud Watching Volume 3 (Riddim Fruit) (2013)

Google ‘cloud watching’ (like I just did) and you’ll probably find that the first search result is the Cloud Appreciation Society (‘Uniting cloud lovers around the world’) who are, “fighting the banality of blue sky thinking.” Unsure whether this was some sort of joke or whether there really are people apart from meteorologists out there that interested in clouds I had a quick tour around the site and frankly, results were inconclusive. Not so with Cloud Watching Volume 3, the usually dancefloor-oriented Riddim Fruit label’s annual attempt to fight the banality of downtempo compilations. Billa Quase, Shimi Sonic, El Bomba, Kill Emil, Cut La Vis, Kromozone all return (having been on either Vol. 1 or Vol. 2 or both) to live out the stoner’s breakbeat dream once more while Flywalker, Studiodae, Tom Showtime and even noted funky breaks-noise merchant Basement Freaks have all been persuaded to turn on, tune in and chill out. Back in the day, this used to be called trip hop you know. This one’s all about Tom Showtime’s Where The Best Herbs Grow. He’s not talking about basil or oregano…Cop it off the label’s bandcamp page on one of those ‘name your price’ type deals….

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