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Urban Aboriginee

Over the past several years, MC Dino and the other members of this eclectic collective have become known for dance-floor innovation and live fireworks. (The act's next event, Kombat, takes place on Friday, November 8; see "Club Scout," page 124, for more details.) Body, the Aboriginees' second disc -- the title flows naturally from that of last year's debut, Mind -- only reinforces this reputation.

"Firefly" heats things up immediately via diva-ready vocals that the enchanting Melinda delivers over skittering slices of drum and bass. This style also powers "MC Dino w/ DJ Fury Live: Fire 2001," a scorching display of on-the-spot mixology, and plenty of other Body parts. But additional influences crop up as well, on tracks such as the ambient-and-dub-inspired "Whispering Words" and "Black Sunday," which recasts a Sabbath classic for a generation that knows Ozzy Osbourne primarily as a comically shambling burnout. This CD definitely deserves a rave.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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