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Joint Ventures finds a collection of European producers pairing up to do trip-hop and drum & bass collaborations.

VARIOUS Joint Ventures

Commissioned by the UK's Ninebar label, (and now released in the US by Shadow Electronica) their artists' drum & bass tracks are above the average for these types of nu junglists. Amon Tobin, aka Cujo, is the most popular participant, appearing on five tracks with the likes of the drill'n'bass-loving Kraut and Ninja Tune's Funki Porcini. Tobin combines with Psyche (Snappy Sid with Scanner), for the impressive opening, the suspenseful dark track "Imminent Attack."

And with Lee Curtis from Flavornaughts, Cujo returns to the hip-hop beats on the filmic "Scram," a good mix of their two styles that reaches a climax with a violent moment from a Japanese martial arts flick. Besides Porcini, Joint Ventures features outside guests like Incoming!'s Digidub and Lo Recordings' Jon Tye (aka MLO), who busts out on "Mescal" with more of his noisy electronic beats produced as Twisted Science (Leaf label). With a nice blend of slow breaks and the fast ones, Joint Ventures is something worth investing in.