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Herbie Hancock has called his latest Future 2 Future, but Recent Past 2 Recent Past or Electronic Music Innovator Plays Catch-Up With Disciples would have worked just as well. Hancock rejoins production partner Bill Laswell from the epochal Future Shock (“Rockit”), but magic does not strike twice; the album is merely a circa-1996 drum ‘n’ bass disc. Future 2 Future is neither bad nor good; it’s mostly just there, like the ambient textures that pad the CD. LTJ Bukem and A Guy Called Gerald—key figures in the early-’90s ambient drum ‘n’ bass scene—seem to be Hancock’s biggest electronica influences. And Gerald appears on “Black Gravity” (though I’m not sure how; programming?), but the mellow jazz-chord harmonies and skipping rhythms go nowhere—a common problem throughout this unfocused disc. See if the live show livens the Future when Hancock plays at 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 393-0930. (CP)