Magazine article New Internationalist

Mantra Mix

Magazine article New Internationalist

Mantra Mix

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Mantra Mix

by Various Artists

(NARADA WORLD 72438-50294-0-0 CD)

Not many CDs have personal endorsements from the Dalai Lama himself, so Mantra Mix - a double CD compilation intended to raise funds for Tibetan refugees - has, before you rip open its wrappings, what ad executives call a unique selling point. So far so good. It's all in a good cause and Mantra Mix's existence is not that surprising: one only has to spend a little time around New York's music business to realise how Tibet has really been taken to the collective bosom of musicians as a campaigning issue.

All of which makes Mantra Mix's ropey old collection all the more surprising. So there's Madonna's 'Shanti' and Fatboy Slim's 'Right Here, Right Now'. Both good tracks, but slightly past their sell-by dates. Likewise Moby's 'Everloving' and Massive Attack's 'Angel'. Nothing wrong with any of them, but if Mantra Mix is the product of the good will of the music community, it'd be more gratifying if they could show it with some better or exclusive tracks. …

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