By Will Hermes
Updated November 10, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST

Purists like to see the blues as antithetical to the mechanized groove of hip-hop and dance music. So it’s ironic that so many DJs — inspired perhaps by Moby’s Play — are now using blues and gospel sources for their samples. As these mesmerizing juke-joint remixes of Junior Kimbrough, T-Model Ford, and others on New Beats From the Delta: The Fat Possum Hip-Hop Record show, it’s a fine idea. If the accompanying southern rappers had better rhymes in their sacks, it’d be a winning one. B-