Review: Gatto Fritto set the bar high with his selections for last year's first "The Sound of Love International" compilation, so it's a thrilling surprise to find that this follow-up - featuring cuts selected by Max D and Ari Goldmann AKA Beautiful Swimmers - boasts an even more inspired track list. The Washington DC-based duo evokes the spirit of the Croatian festival behind the series via the synth-heavy Afro-Balearic bliss of Plunky's "African Sunset", the new age dancefloor shuffle of Svend Unseth's "Aquilla Aquela", the vintage deep house dreaminess of Mark Goddard's "Tiny's First Journey", the pitched-up R&B vocals and hot-stepping B-more beats of KW Griff's "Be Ya Girl" and the sparkling piano riffs and smooth New Jersey house grooves of Spirit Garden's "Electra City".
Review: Carlos Nino and the Build An Ark Ensemble are back with the companion long player to last year's Love LP. Part 2 is primarily taken from the same recording sessions and shares the same spiritual musical palette of sounds. These are deep and lush jazzual improvised arrangements ala Alice Coltrane with touches of psyche folk on "Say Yes" and elongated solo drum pieces of "Cadence Of The Love Messengers". Dynamic vocal cover versions exist in the improvised shapes of 'What The World Needs Now Is Love' and the gently subdued yet powerful version of "Tryin Times" made famous by Roberta Flack.