There seems to be a fair bit of stirring on the 'world/global fusion' market at the moment (a horrible phrase but convenient)what with the various Arabica, Arabesque complilations etc. But, back in the early-mid 90s TGU were out there at the forefront, taking the idea of mixing Indian, Arabic and Western influences - as pioneered by the likes of Suns of Arqa and Davy Graham - adding house, dub and hip-hop and bunging in a load more besides into the cocktail. Of their 3 best releases -including 'Dreams of 100 nations' and 'Rejoice rejoice' - it's 'Psychic Karaoke' that I come back to time and again. There are one or two fillers but the sheer greatness of tracks like 'Chariots', 'Bullet train', 'Boss tabla' and my fave, 'Eyeway Souljah', make up for this in spades. With, a dreary, uninspired music scene populated by derivative US garage bands, Gareth Gates, dire nu-metal, trance-by-numbers etc, a record like 'Psychic Karaoke' serves to remind that occasionally there are groups with originality and imagination not to mention the ability to seriously groove.