Various Artists - Kings Of Drum & Bass compiled by 4Hero & DJ MarkyBBE Records
You would be hard pressed to find 2 more influential contributors to the world of drum n bass than Dego and DJ Marky. Obviously the good folks at BBE had similar thoughts and decided to combine their talents in one package. “The Kings of drum n bass” is really two cd’s in one with Dego and MJ Marky each delivering over 60 minutes of uninterrupted music. Dego, known for his ground breaking work as one half of 4Hero brings along that soulful element that is so prevalent in their musical catalogue while Marky’s signature hardcore edgy style is a nice change of pace and is sure to keep your body moving. This is essential listening for drum n bass lovers
Reg Dancy, 02/10
Various Artists - Kon and the GangBBE
In a short period of time, renowned DJ/Producer Kon has established himself as one of the masters of the edits as well as a premiere remixer. The Boston Massachusetts native made an impressive début with "On My Way" and now with his latest entitled "Kon & The Gang" he dispels any notion of a sophomore slump. Kon adds his editing skills to "Closer" from Truccy (Rainer Truby/Corrado Bucci), transforming it into an infectious boogie disco tune. "Can't Get Enough" shows Kon at his best. He does a brilliant job of chopping up the Eleven King classic and transforming it into a new tune altogether. With the Doc Daneeka track "I Promise" that features Seven Davis Jr, Kon takes an already scintillating tune and flips it into a thumping house tune. Essential house grooves, wonderful boogie tunes, this disc provides that and more. You need this in your collection.
Reg Dancy, 08/16
Various Artists - Leeds By ExampleKnocked Off Records
Here is the launch of Leeds' first Hip-hop compilation which brings local, up and coming artists in a bid to bring them to the masses. As I have lived in Leeds for over fourteen years, it is great to see such a positive project finally coming to fruition and there is some real quality here. Listening to lyrics that are relevant to the city where I live and hearing their point of view is great. Established artists like Breaking The Illusion and Junkyard Tactics feature but many of the other artists are in the same league with good productions and lyrics. I hope people learn from this project and start digging for other artists and musical styles in their own city, because there's always quality music to be found. Roll on Volume 2.
Simon Harrison, 04/06
Various Artists - Lets Boogaloo Vol 6Record Kicks
"Let's Boogaloo", presented by Dean Rudland is a celebration of the storied legacy 60's Latin Music. With most of the music produced by Bobby Marin, Vol. 6 features rare and unreleased material that originated out of East Harlem, the birthplace of the burgeoning Nuyorican sound. There's plenty to savor here starting with the opener, The Machito Orchestra's stirring rendition of Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming". The Ocho Band, led by Chico Mendoza is a simmering Latin Jazz tune that was produced Marin. "There's No Other Girl" is a slow burning number by The Latin Chords. Heavily influenced by the music of James Brown and Jackie Wilson, Marin's fusion of soulful RnB and Latin rhythms still resonate today. This disc is a wonderful reminder of where it all started.
Reg Dancy, 03/14
Various Artists - Leve Leve Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s 80sBongo Joe Records
"Leve Leve" is the brain child of French dJ Tom B. He's been collecting music from Brazil and various countries for twenty years. Upon collecting Angolan music he came across the Island music of Sao Tome and Principe, two small islands off the coast of Gabon in central Africa. The sixteen track compilation is filled with uplifting compositions that will instantly transport you to the island. "Conjunto Equador Mado"is filled with warm vocal harmonies and sparkling guitar that fuses the rhythms of Sao Tomean with rebita, inspired from Angola. "Africa Negra" unites an assortment of rhythms such as Socope, Puita and danca-congo. The album title is a phrase frequently used among the islanders that means "Take it easy". These high energy compositions will inspire you to do exactly that.
Reg Dancy, 03/20
Various Artists - Maiden Voyage (A Journey Into The World Of Soul And Boogie)Compost Records
Compiled by Rainer Truby, Theo Thoennessen and Roland Appel, the hosts of Munich's long standing club night Maiden Voyage, this set focuses on some of the classic soul and boogie cuts which have been favourites at the night. It kicks off with 'Lihue' a tropical 2 stepper from Hawaiian songstress Nohelani Cypriano, before moving through gems such as Raw Soul Express' 'The Way We Live', Diana Ross' 'Tenderness, Cameo's 'Love You Anyway', 'She's Gone' from Norman Connors, 'Very Special' by Debra Laws and her brother, Hubert Laws' 'Land Of Passion'. As if that wasn't enough there's also James Mason's 'I Want Your Love', Alicia Myers' 'I Want To Thank You', the original and best version of 'Georgy Porgy' from Toto, and the irresistible 'Love Is On The One' by Xavier'. Many of these tracks are what got me into the scene initially and it's an absolute pleasure to hear them put together on this excellent compilation.
Andy Allen, 06/07
Various Artists - Masters Of Funk, Soul & Blues present A Soulful Tale Of Two CitiesSoul Renaissance
'A Soulful Tale Of Two Cities' is a two disc package which brings together a whole host of legendary Philadelphia and Detroit soul artists and sees them covering classic tracks from the Philadelphia International and Motown songbooks. Disc one features the Philly artists taking on the Motown hits whereas disc two is all about the Detroit artists getting their chops around the PIR evergreens. Although the production is a touch smooth for my tastes there's no denying the talent on show with artists such as Bunny Sigler, Major Harris, Barbara Mason, Vincent Montana Jr, George Clinton, Freda Payne, Carolyn Crawford and Bobby Taylor. The better tracks include Jean Carne's version of 'Higher Ground', 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now from Ali 'Ollie' Woodson and Lamont Dozier's take on 'Close The Door'.
Andy Allen, 02/07
Various Artists - Mathias Modica presents Kraut Jazz FuturismKryptox
In recent years Berlin has become a musical hotspot for creative musicians, specifically for electronic music. It's time to make room for Jazz as well. Mathias Modica's "Kraut Jazz Futurism" is proof of that. The sixteen track compilation features the emerging talent on the German scene showcasing their home grown influences. Karl Hector and The Malcouns might be the most familiar among the bands on this disc. Their brand of Krautrock: groove drenched afrobeat rhythms are on display here with "Orange Man". The Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra are an impressive 20 piece international collective led by Berlin composer Daniel Glatzel. "J Schleia" is a dynamic eleven minute odyssey that glides through various styles ranging from jazz to classical. "Free" (Get Yourself Together) is infectious psychedelic jazz rock by the Torben Unit band. "The Flood" is filled with cinematic soundscapes and classical arrangements courtesy of saxophonist and Composer Ralph Heidel. As far as compilations go this is an absolute gem that offers something for everyone. You'll feel as though you've entered a portal into a blossoming musical community. Enjoy your stay, you won't be disappointed.
Reg Dancy, 01/20
Various Artists - MerdekaDancing Turtle Records
Musicians from 17 countries including Italy (Amycanbe) Brazil (New Samba Jazz) and Malta (Tribali!) uniting to support the ongoing struggle for independence for the people of West Papua. There's a good old mix of styles going on here with tracks from Romania's superb Shukar Collective through to tribal recordings from the Illaga Village People. Very good Check out www.freewestpapua.org.
Graham Radley, 06/07
Various Artists - Misch Masch mixed by Radio SlaveFine/Four Music
Hot on the heels of the DJ Hell volume comes this collection of 21 tracks, compiled and mixed by Radio Slave, undoubtedly one of the UK's most in demand producers and DJs. As we have come to expect from the Misch Masch series, which is inspired by the massively successful club night of the same name (run by Germany's Tiefschwarz), the fare is House music of a tough, minimal, bleepy variety, a la Ricardo Villalobos, Get Physical, and Radio Slave himself. Vocals are few and far between, but squelching synth stabs and growling bass lines are in abundance, so if that's to your liking, then this CD is definitely for you. As ever with this series, the quality is high, and they even throw in a bonus CD of unreleased or 'hard to come by' Radio Slave remixes for your trouble.
Tom Breslin, 05/07