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Tell me, tell me, is life just a playground?" Lisa Kekaula sings to open duo Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe's latest assemblage of dance music pleasures. She joins Siouxsie Sioux, Totlyn Jackson, Me'Shell Ndegeocello, and others for the guest vocal appearances. But it's the driving, snare-snap digital beats and swelling strings that spin you right 'round, baby, right 'round. Until the doubts start creeping down from your soul to your extremities: Is this disco as bodily liberation or as a soundtrack to shop at The Gap? Maybe that's a false dichotomy in this playground. Maybe it's the essential choice as you groove around the ring-around-a-rosy circle to sensual delights. Hard to know for sure where you end up. Maybe right back at the beginning. "Round and round we go," Disco Rascal raps on the song "Lucky Star."

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