The album opens with a luscious dub-reggae tune from 1982 that showcases the legendary talents of vocalist Horace Andy. Producers Dub Diablo and Exotic Pets bring dance-floor funkiness to instrumental hip-hop with "The Shape Up" and "Bush Skank," respectively. The album ends on a mellow note with two remarkable songs: a soothing Latin-soul piece from 1971 by Human Race and a jazzy, downtempo track from 1997 by Flavornaughts.
Rarely does a compilation come along so packed to the brim with greatness, but Dis-Jointed is just that. Esparza and Veltri manage to orchestrate an album that truly captures the "soul" of Groove Merchant.