Various Artists - From The Archives Vol. 2 compiled By VolcovBBE
Neroli label founder Enrico Crivellaro aka Volcov demonstrated a deft ear for hidden gems with his first Volume of archives. With "From The Archives Vol 2" he compiles another impressive array of compositions ranging from soul to house and jazz infused rhythms. In a crowded field of 70s and 80s compilations Volcov decided to focus on tunes released within the last fifteen years and the ones that made the cut are simply superb. That's evident from the start with the sorely underrated Carleen Anderson's "All That Glitters". This simmering jazz tinged soul burner showcases one of the unique voices of the past twenty years. "On Space" from Ron Trent is a homage to french violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. This dreamy atmospheric gem has a touch of fusion and is heavy on groove. "The Blue Room" from Quentin Kane & Simon Sheldon is an infectious up-tempo nu soul track that gets an elevated remix from Kaidi Tathum. Other highlights include Volcov's edit of "Lawra" by drummer Tony Williams and the soulful beauty "Let The Music Play" from Collective Peace. This disc flows with one supreme track after another. As far as compilations go, this is one of the best you'll hear this year. Highly recommended.
Reg Dancy, 11/18