Various Artists - Eglo Records Vol. 2Eglo
Volume 2 of the new Eglo records compilation celebrates ten years in the game. Initially started by Alexander Nut and Sam Shepard aka Floating Points. Shepard has moved on but Nut has carried the mantle of consistency delivering timeless gems ranging from futuristic soul, broken beat, electronica and much more. There have been some notable contributions along the way from artists who have become household names. K15, Fatima and Steve Spacek just to name a few. Spacek is featured on six tracks and each one is marvellous but "If U Wan 2 Find Me" and the cosmic flavored "The Abstract Eye" are standouts. The aforementioned Fatima's career has been ascending from the start. "Phoneline" represents her earlier work with producer Funkineven and the bottom heavy beats of "Somebody Else" is from her latest lp. Australian artists Destiny71z and Natalie Slade are two of the emerging new talents signed to the label. "Foodprogramvoltage" is irresistible left of center house from Destiny71z that combines analog and electronic thumping beats. Slade's "Humidity" is laid back soul and a prelude to her upcoming debut lp which will properly showcase her soulful vocals. There's much more to digest here so you absolutely need this in your collection. Simply put Eglo has been one of the première labels over the last decade and there's no hint that will change any time soon.
Reg Dancy, 01/20