Various Universal (January release) An open mind is essential for listeners who embark on this two-hour-plus journey through Eastern musical culture. Eclectic is an inadequate description for an album that blends tracks with elements as diverse as the sitar, house beats, 1970s funk, ambient trip-hop and even Chinese opera. While heavyweights such as British-Indian music-maker Talvin Singh (Dubla) and Hong Kong star Faye Wong (Erratic) give the album commercial appeal, what makes Eastern Sunrise intriguing is the more obscure artists (anyone heard of Ben Galvin and Nazneen?) who prove what the Asian scene is capable of. The first album, Calendar, is the most upbeat and accessible. Highlights include Terry Farley's mix of Deng Fei-fei's Shopping Paradise, her haunting vocals drifting eerily across a four-four beat. Farley does for Deng what Todd Terry did for Everything But The Girl. Skoolroose's Summertime is a delicious slice of Gallic electronica, replete with vocoder. Eastward Collective's Liquid Grooves and Celestial's dubby, tripped-out take on a traditional-sounding Chinese song, Plum Grooves, are among the other standouts. Alongside these, Cecilia Yip's Hut Among The Bamboos sits a little oddly and the disc loses momentum slightly towards the end. The second album, Diary, is more experimental. From the Ryuichi Sakamoto-influenced opener Dawn Temple by David Packer through the prosaic Coffee And Tears by He Jing, two worthy recordings by Digital Cutup Lounge and the Asha Bonsle vs Nelly Furtado mix of I'm Like A Bird, the album drifts easily along, perhaps a little too loosely at times. Eastern Sunrise proves there is much emerging talent in Asia. You may have to skip over some songs which grate and there are certain tracks that could be taken a stage further, but it's a journey well worth undertaking. The album will be released in early January.