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: Compost Records' 25th birthday celebrations will soon ratchet up a notch or two via the release of an epic vinyl box set of rare cuts and fresh remixes. Before then, there's the small matter of this fourth "Overture" EP. Nu-disco don Purple Disco Machine offers up a pair of colourful, peak-time ready remixes of Lorenz Rhode's P funk influenced stomper "Back" (the talkbox-sporting Vocal version being our pick), while Liquid Phonk joins the dots between deep house and synth-heavy disco on the suitably gorgeous Starwalk. Arguably best of all, though, are the skanking Spiller vocal and Dub remixes of Truby Trio cut "Make a Move", which brilliantly join the dots between vintage ska and 21st century deep house.
Review: Any (of the many) fans of luscious lounge lizards Mo' Horizons currently tearing their hair out with anticipation of their new album can now whet their appetite with this stop-gap treasure trove courtesy of Agogo. Divided into two halves, we initially have the Hannover duo (Ralf Droesemeyer and Mark Wetzlar)'s latest LP, The Banana Soundsystem, overhauled and remixed before being treated to a further selection of the pair's most impressive remixes of other artists. Mo' Horizons like to celebrate 'the art of musical cross fertilization' and it's never been more true here, with 21 tracks overflowing with international influences.
Review: Gilles serves up the latest installment of his label's regular and eagerly awaited compilation series. The label does have a very wide remit when it comes to A&R, but this release collects a host of fresh tracks all with soulful, organic and jazzy elements. Mellow and breezy is certainly the order of the day, with highlights include the deep and emotional house of Hackman's "Forgotten Notes", the medieval chants of Trio Tekke's (InDa alt version), the sore thumb camp disco of The White Lamp's "Make It Good" and the folktronica goodness of "Hidden Depths" by Gentlemen Of The Road.