Review: Michael Reinboth's Compost Records, not to be confused with its Black Label offshoot, really requires no introduction. Just to leave it topline, the label has been powering through since 1994, and has hosted some of the biggest names in house music since then - peeps like Carl Craig, Laurent Garnier and Dixon having associated themselves to the imprint since its early days. This new compilation series, Compost Nu Jazz Selection Vol.1, has decided to focus on lesser known talents who are, admittedly, redefining the term 'nu-jazz' single-handedly. Like hand in glove, the Kyoto Jazz Massive kick the comp off with two painfully elegant dance ballads, "Deep In Your Mind" and "Crossbreed - surely to future favourites from the Brownswood clique. Other stand-out moments include Trueby Trio's "Cruisin'", a pseudo house cut leaning towards something more soulful and jazz-laden, Minus 8's supremely deep "Breathe", and Joseph Malik's "Silent Fools", a tune to be played loud and direct in the jazz dance! Recommended.
Review: Acclaimed global music DJ Tom Burclay tears into the Compost label's selection of the best modern samba and chilled Tropicala on this new compilation. Greats of different eras like Truby Trio and Ennio Morricone appear side by side thanks to Burclay's dexterous selection style, with some chilled moments like Fon-Kin's "Monticello" proving to be real highlights.
Review: Countdown to blast off in D-Minus zero seconds: Cardiff bass crusader D-Minus continues his rampant run of muscular musicianship on Dub Damage with some of his most hair-raising riff-focused cuts to date. "Deproramme" slaps and tickles with a Tyke-like charm, quite light in its make up but more addictive than heroin-laced e-cigs. "Bun It Up" is where the real KO kicks off as a toxic bassline refuses to quit under the command of MC Tommy D. Deeper into the EP "Dry Socket" gets greased up with a sticky, slimy sense of playful funk while "Secret Weapon" takes on more of a neuro twist with its denser, complex textures. Gritty.
Review: Finally, a chance for everyone to experience LSD safely and legally as D-Minus and friends take over Profound's first release of the year. Rather than a frolic in a field of strawberry fields, the title track is a little more intense with its bad trip bass blaring with horn-like menace. Deeper into the trip we flex as K-Motionz & Danger do the rusty robot on "Eyespy", Ironlung takes us all for the fools that we are, LBS twists up the styles with a neuro intro and jump-up drop on the battle-ready "Special Forces" and K-Motionz gets his angular grit on with "Orbital". There's no comedown from this.