Review: Having been on the radar of nu-jazz, broken beat and subterranean soul heads since way back in 2005, the Jazz & Milk label is now one of the longest-serving imprints in a fiercely underground scene. Here, they offer-up a digital reissue of Jazz & Milk Breaks Volume 2, a compilation that deservedly proved popular on CD first time round. In typical Jazz & Milk fashion, it features a breezy collection of floor-friendly cuts in a jazz dance style. There's plenty of variety within the 11 tracks, with decidedly robust nods to mambo, Cuban dance music and skittering electro-jazz nestling side by side with downtempo jazz, hip-hop inclined beatscapes and shuffling soul. If you've not yet got a copy, don't sleep.
Review: You could never accuse UrbanWorld of delivering compilations with confusing titles. You see, Global Bass Vol 3 delivers exactly what you'd expect - a kaleidoscopic collection of bass music flavours from around the world. There's humming Brazilian beats (Los Chicos Altos), funk-infused tango-step (Superpendejos), middle eastern shuffle (Silver Bullit), dubwise African hip-hop/breaks (Jalan Surabaya), Brazilian/Arabic B-more fusions (Pops Jabu) and wizened South American cumbia (Agencia Sonoria). Oh, and loads more besides. Whether or not you usually check out "world music", this is well worth further investigation.