Various - Defected Presents Charles Webster (3 stars)

Charles Webster



If Charles Webster doesn’t sound like a typical superstar DJ, well that’s because he isn’t. He is a true cult hero of dance music and this triple CD package gives us a considered showcase of the breadth of work Webster programmes and creates.

Disc one is a blend of bubbling vocal house, all soulful flourishes which bumps along but never fully ignites despite the occasional classic like Rosie Gaines’ ‘Closer than Close’ in tow. The second is a joyously random chill out selection where Black Sabbath and Kate Bush nuzzle into Simian and D’Angelo . . . and somehow, it works. The final instalment is all Webster originals which shows his love of lush soul songs – imagine Massive Attack getting down at Studio 54.

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