With a title like "Take Your Shirt Off", you'd expect this cut from Exploited regular (and new Compost Black Label signing) Cocolores to be suitably pumping. While it certainly possesses an addictive groove, it's more of a wide-eyed, jazz-tinged shuffler than an all-out banger. It's beautifully constructed, though, with near Balearic melodies perfectly complimenting the warm chords and pitched-down vocals. The decidedly bassier bonus cut "Keep On Running", on the other hand, oozes energy from the start. Yet it too is pleasingly deep, with warm piano keys slowly cascading over the stomping bottom-end groove. A shorter Radio Edit of "Take Your Shirt Off" completes a decent package.
While Compost's house-centric Black Label imprint may have lost some of its shine in recent times, owner Michael Reinboth can usually be relied upon to unearth a few sparkling gems now and then. This EP from DJ Le Roi is one such precious stone. It's full of classic, upbeat deep house cuts that balance warm, weighty grooves with a high degree of musical ambition. Check the subtle strings, cosy chords and chopped-up horns of "Soller", the spine-tingling piano riffery of the title track or the cowbells and 303 bass thump of "Lampa" - all have a timeless quality so often missing from contemporary deep house.
I Am Someone (Damiano Von Erckert remix) - (6:57) 127 BPM
Brighton-based Ed Lee is the latest producer to contribute to the occasional Compost Disco series, teaming up with experienced chanteuse Alison David on "I Am Someone". As you may expect from someone who has previously been featured on Quadraphonic and Stripped Recordings, "I Am Someone" is a smooth, deep house-influenced affair, with rich, live instrumentation supplementing David's attractive vocals. Lee's accompanying Dub, which wisely gives the rubbery slap bassline greater prominence, is arguably even better. Most impressive, though, is Damiano Von Eckert's remix, which turns the original into a fuzzy chunk of jazz-funk influenced, lo-fi deep house.
Croatian duo Eddy Meets Yannah bring the Adriatic sound to future soul jazz on Fiction Jar. Brought to us by Germany?s Compost Records, a label so established that they now reach their 340th release, this album does not disappoint.
A long standing outfit, Eddy Meets Yannah is made up of Eddy Ramich and Yannah Valdevit. Eddy handles the production side of things whilst Yannah is the songwriter and then vocalist. Almost three years after their last release, Once In a While, the duo are set to return with Fiction Jar. Offering more of the kind of funky and soulful jazz tinged house music that got them noticed in the first place, Eddy Meets Yannah are not losing their touch when it comes to making catchy full length albums. Featuring beat-friendly jazz productions and light hearted vocal melodies throughout, the album remains largely accessible, appealing to a broad range of musical tastes. Featuring artists such as Zed Bias, Capitol A and Ras T Weed keeps the album sounding fresh by adding other influences whilst keeping the staple Eddy Meets Yannah sound. With Fiction Jar, the duo offer a cheerful fusion of sophisticated soul, urban beats, future jazz and plush R'n'B harmonies. A fine selection of tracks that give an overview of Eddy Meets Yannah as a whole, Fiction Jar is a melting pot of sounds and musical styles all rolled into one effervescent album