Review: Following Compost's recent release of the Automat album, featuring Max Loderbauer Paul St. Hilaire, aka Tikiman, and Lydia Lunch, the label quickly moves on to Joy Denalane & Web Web, a project with an equally majestic style of cool, free and lounge time loving jazz sessions fitted with electronics, roomy splays of drums and crooning vocals. You dig?
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: The Oracle LP is the first output of a German jazz supergroup. They simply wanted to follow their passion and record a spiritual jazz album which revelled in the seventies (think Strata East, Black Jazz, etc). So they invented a fictitious band and released an 'unpublished album from well-known and inspiring guys from the '70s.' But then you could never have given live concerts, not to mention interviews, either, right?. In short, it would have been difficult to keep this all a secret, so Compost decided to reveal their identities. So here we have it folks, introducing Web Web: Roberto Di Gioia (piano, synth, percussion), Tony Lakatos (tenor and soprano saxophone), Christian von Kaphengst (upright bass) and Peter Gall (drums).
Review: Germany's Web Web outfit are, inarguably, making some of the finest contemporary jazz around at the minute, often expanding into outernational terrains, such as this latest album for Compost, Dance Of The Deamons. "Land Of The Arum Flower", like much of the album, feels like a well-balanced blend of Mulatu Astatke, for the enigmatic tonalities, of Sun Ra's unpredictability, and much of the session jazz found on imprints like Strata East. Enchanting and psychedelic are two words that spring to mind when hearing the depth and details of tunes like "Agowu" or "Maroc Blues", but the point here is that you are getting some of the only jazz to tap into the African music as well as this. In fact, we'd categorise this as Afro first and foremost, served with a rhythmic sequence of instruments and compositions that are traditionally at the 'jazz' end of the spectrum. Worth a good old listen and, yes, it comes highly recommended.