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Naked Music NYC "What's On Your Mind" (OM Records) Producer Jay Denes and vocalists Ada Dyer and Catherine Russell come with a good form book, yet despite some twists this slumps into just another bland record like most of the R&B from across the Atlantic. HH

Chris Coco "Sun Set" (Other Records) Coco is Chris Mellor, editor of the dance magazine DJ, but this wistful album is ambient in nature. A soundtrack to his travels in Greece it comprises generous amounts of piano, strings and inevitable noises that come out of boxes to depict a varied, relaxed and global feel. HHH

Mucho Macho "The Limehouse Link" (Wiija) This Romford duo weigh in with fresh partied-up breakbeats fused with lots of other dancefloor styles and experimentation to produce a danceable sound that looks like it will achieve more longevity than most of the Big Beat bandwagon. HHHH

Various Artists "Tribute to Tradition" (Epic) Wherein Nashville's new stars cover their favourite country song. However even Randy Travis finds it impossible to improve on "Mama Tried" and while decent, there's nothing in the world that Joe Diffie could ever hope to give to "Behind Closed Doors". Dixie Chicks and others also suffer. HH