Michael Endelman
February 27, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Calling Out of Context

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Arthur Russell
Producers
Audika

We gave it a B+

Experimental disco? Yes, the genre exists, and it was the specialty of the late Arthur Russell, who stood at the axis of underground sounds in early-1980s Manhattan. His eccentric output is mostly out of print, so these compilations are long overdue. ”World,” an apt introduction to his singular fusion of disco, dub psychedelia, and avant-jazz unpredictability, grooves like club music for art majors. ”Calling,” which culls unreleased solo cuts, is a more intimate work. Meditative tunes for when the party’s over.

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