Review: German label Compost excel with their Future Sounds of Jazz compilations and this latest instalment is no exception - ranging from the dubby, almost Dilla-inspired swing of Der Dritte Raum's "Swing Bob" to the cut 'n' paste psychedelics of Letherette's "In July Focus", via Sepalcure's mighty "Fleur". With names like The Glimmer Twins, Scrimshire, Timo Garcia and Eden all attached, quality is most definitely assured throughout.
Review: Wah Wah? Woah Woah more like... Scrimshire & Dom Servini's evergreen funk/soul imprint digs deep into its vaults and recruits a whole rollcall of talented names for this massive remix stack. Highlights include pretty much every version on here but if you're a person on the move and time, to you, is money then you might want to invest all your stocks and shares on The Reflex's percussion chugging piano slapping twist of Henri Pierre Noel's "Funky Spider Dance", Books slinky uptempo twist on Dele Sosimi's Afrofunk gem "I Don't Care" and Steve Cobby's warm-as-toast twist of Soothsayers' "Dis & Dat". And that's not even scratching the surface. Look at the names on here; this sums up all of Wah Wah's musical strengths to their max. Essential.
Isaac Birituro & The Rail Abandon - "Yesu Yan Yan" (Envee Shrine remix) - (5:20) 127 BPM
Dele Sosimi - "You No Fit Touch Am" (Medlar remix) - (9:30) 59 BPM
Capstone - "Burning Up" - (5:15) 110 BPM
Henri-Pierre Noel - "Diskette" (The Reflex Re-Vision Long version) - (7:10) 122 BPM
Review: It's now a full 20 years since the Wah Wah 45s label was born out of a long-running London funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop night of the same name, and they're celebrating their birthday with this 20-track compilation featuring 13 back-catalogue highlights plus seven brand new offerings. And an impressively varied affair it is too, ranging from quiet storm-like bruk beat/soul-jazz (the Yam Who? remix of Alison Crockett's 'Like Rain') to straight-up dub (Lea Rea's 'The Road'), via 6T's-style deep funk (Kutiman's Marlene Shaw-esque 'So Long'), gentle acoustic soul/R&B (Honeyfeet's 'Clap Hands'), angular Afro-funk (Dele Sosimi's 'You No Fit Touch Am') and more.