EXPANSION UNION
WORLD WIDE FUNK
ALBUM WAX TRAX! RELEASE: WINTER, 1999 REVIEW: DECEMBER 16, 1999



Itís all a mystery to me, this particular style of music. Itís a funky, beat dominated, sampled mixture. Electronica, partly disguised as hip hop, funk or plain old break dance. "World Wide Funk" contains no less than 15 tracks and 67 minutes, and I actually considered not listening to the entire album before reviewing it. Sure, every album deserves a decent chance, but Expansion Union really tested my patience.
It took some time, Iíll admit that, but now I unwillingly enjoy an occasional "World Wide Funk" track while dancing or just reading the paper. The boogie and slightly techno influenced funk-electronica has a tendency to cling to my ears, whether I like it or not. Itís enough contagious to make it from my initial grade of two to a four, but often itís just a matter of minutes before Expansion Union will tire me out.

NIKLAS FORSBERG