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: Hearty congratulations to Michael Reinboth, whose Compost Records' imprint recently celebrated its 25th birthday. As a way of marking this momentous occasion, the label has conjured up this expansive compilation, which offers up a blend of fresh remixes of label classics, overlooked revisions, bonus cuts and the odd hard-to-find classic (see Move D's superb "Hurt Me", which first appeared on the imprint in the mid-90s). Highlights are plentiful from start to finish, with Roman Flugel's throbbing rework of Beanfield's "Human Patterns", I:Cube's LFO-influenced re-make of A Forest Mighty Black's "Fresh In My Mind", Joakim's funk-fuelled acid take on Marbert Rocel's "Dance Slow" and Die Orangen's wonderfully druggy interpretation of Marsmobil's "Sometimes I Don't Regret" all catching the ear.
Review: A quarter century has passed since Michael Reinboth founded Compost Records in his home city of Munich. To celebrate the imprint's 25th birthday he's commissioned a bumper selection of reworks of back catalogue tracks, releasing the results over a trio of EPs. This second volume begins with Balearic specialist Phil Mison's synth-heavy nu-disco revision of Siren's modern NYC disco cut "The Way", before Ewan Pearson steals the show with a sublime vocal version of Tomasz Guiddo's "Hide" rich in pulsing, arpeggio-style synthesizers, lilting horns and elastic disco bass. Arguably best of all, though, is Gerd Jansen's rework of Lorenz Rhode's "Back", a stomping, full-throttle interpretation that gleefully harks back to the early days of Italian house and turn-of-the-90s synth-pop.
Review: Some properly wonked-out disco bizniss from Tomasz Guiddo here - Arthur Russell would be proud! On the Original Mix, the breathy and nonsensical male vocal sits atop a backing that, as crazy as it might sound, is one-part lounge/Balearic froth to one-part red-lit, late 60s Haight-Ashbury funk-rock jam. There's an Instrumental included, as well as a stripped-back, live-sounding rework from Kalabrese and a slightly livelier pass from Pocketknife. The cream of the crop, though, is the Shahrockh Dini Remix, which brings deep house and dub influences and is built to take discerning floors on a small-hours ride into inner space. Outstanding!
Review: While hardly a household name, Tomasz Guiddo should be familiar to those who dig the intersection of house and disco. Previously, he's released quality music on Beats in Space and, most recently, Luv Shack. On this Compost Disco outing, he introduces us to "Hide", a fine fusion of drowsy blue-eyed soul vocals, pulsating Italo-disco bottom end, tumbling AOR disco saxophones and gently Balearic flourishes. Daniele Baldelli and DJ Rocca head up the remix package, serving up vocal and instrumental remixes that sit somewhere between acid-fired cosmic disco and early evening Balearica. Elsewhere, the Juan MacLean version is a rolling deep house makeover complete with sweaty drum hits and life-affirming electric piano parts, while Michael Reinboth reinvents the cut as a sparkling chunk of rubbery nu-disco.