Review: As the title suggests, this expansive collection from long-running Munich staple Compost Records gathers together gems - mostly previously heard, but with a smattering of unreleased cuts - from the last couple of years. There's much to enjoy throughout, and plenty of variety (the latter a hallmark of the label's output over the last quarter of a century). Our picks of a very strong bunch include a pair of atmospheric Afro-tech club cuts from Pablo Fierro and Raoul K & Rancido, a lusciously deep and squelchy Luke Vibert remix of Felix Laband's 'Righteous Red Berets', a hypnotic tech-house take on Marsmobil courtesy of Ripperton, the slow-motion, Sly & The Family Stone influenced funk-rock haziness of Enzo Elia's 'Desert' and the deep, acid-flecked electro of Godot's 'Phonem'.
Review: Hamburg-based Ivorian Mr Raoul K has long been one of the best producers of Afro-infused house around, a fact confirmed by last year's terrific "African Paradigm" album. Here he delivers the the third volume in the accompanying EP series,which features a trio of previously unheard collaborations and remixes. To kick things of he joins forces with Pablo Fierro and vocalist B'Utiza on "Ancestral", a deep, tech-tinged chunk of Osunlade style Afro-house that strikes a near perfect balance between percussive power and melodious dreaminess. Fierro returns to action on the track that follows, offering a dark, hypnotic tech-house take on Manoo collaboration, "Bara". That comes accompanied by an arguably even better Dub Mix, which includes some fantastic stereo panning and haunting snippets of Ahmed Sosso's intoxicating lead vocal.
Review: Munich label Compost presents five top producers on an outstanding new EP - installment 146 to be precise! Hamburger Mr Raoul K takes on New York City legend Timmy Regisford on the spiritual raindance vibe of "MP" (Gongon Alt mix) ,Italian disco legend Claudio Coccoluto (The Dub) getting deep down and dirty on "Funky Now" as well as as ascendant Venetian Lehar (Diynamic) delivering some of his moody and melodic dancefloor drama on "Everything I Ever Did" and Sicilian Musumeci (Innervisions/Kompakt) doing his usual majestic thing on the gripping "Mr Q".
Review: The long-running Agogo label drops a compilation that's tailor made for home listening. Although it is released in the depths of winter and focuses on broken beat and jazz, the tracks on Two Tribes are still evocative enough to make the listener long for the summer. From the murmuring tribal chants of Jacob Mafuleni & Gary Gritness' "Zvichapera" to the lazy, languid tones of Elias Agogo's "Some Music", the vivid, brass-led Afro jam that is Tiliboo Afrobeat's "Dekondor" and the dubbed out house of Trio Toffa's "Titon To", there is enough depth and variety on offer here to provide the sound track for sandy beaches and warm sea breezes.