Radio 1 DJ and esteemed music selector Gilles Peterson weighs in with his third "Worldwide" volume for Mercury/Universal Records. Reflecting the eclectic array of records that he usually spins on the "Worldwide" radio show, Peterson's choices are again flawless. Older tracks from the likes of Henry Mancini & His Concert Orchestra ("Butterfly") sit comfortably next to current contenders such as Roy Hargrove's RH Factor ("Poetry"), all injected with that breezy, sometimes jazz-inflected groove that Peterson obviously cherishes. Highlights include the tension-heavy "One Day" by 2 Banks of 4 and Kelis's melody-rich "Little Suzie" (likely the Neptunes' most pop-oriented production to date and possibly a nod towards Questlove [of the Roots], who played it on air while filling in for Peterson back in February of 2003). Other songs that strongly round out this compilation are the Latin jazz dance-dominated revision of James Brown's "Give It Up or Turnit Loose" and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra's quality "La Banda".
Although geared towards a more commercial sound than his "Trust The DJ" titles, Peterson remains a vaunted resource of indisputable great material as evinced on "Worldwide 3". A leading favourite for best compilation of the year.