Various Artists - DownundagroundLa Sape
The talent from Melbourne continues to flow like water from the faucet. They're the gift that keeps on giving and "Downundaground" is evidence of that. This sparkling compilation features up and coming Australian musicians directed by veteran instrumentalist Horatio Luna. For starters the JK Group is a band to keep an eye on. "Nutha One" is spirited jazz fusion with a funky groove and a touch of broken beat. Antiphon is another group to place on your radar. "Spartan" is cosmic funk with heavy synths and an infectious groove. Big Chief is a collective of musicians that was originally a side project of the rising group 30/70. Fronted by Horatio Luna, "Later That Day" is a ten minute journey of experimental jazz infused house. The only quibble is there's only seven songs yet each track is a potent recording. Make room in your daily rotation for this one. An impressive recording that's worthy of repeated listens.
Reg Dancy, 01/20