Back in 1995, Compost Records released the first in the Future Sounds Of Jazz series of cutting edge compilations and Volume 11 still points the way forward
Volume 1 started with a track by Jimi Tenor (who’s still leading the way with his wife Nicole Willis, watch out for the brilliant remix album of Keep Reachin’ Up) and included a track by Karma (remember Latenight Daydreaming and a remix by heroes of the nu-dub, Rockers Hi-Fi.
Over the next few years these compilations just got better and better. The covers were brilliant and the tracks selection were definitely the essential Future Sounds of the time. Probably peaked for me around Vol. 8, which included loads of artists that we’ve featured on Fly Global Music in the last few years. However, some might say that after that label boss Michael Reinboth took his eye off the ball but Vol. 11 is definitely a return to form.
Four superb exclusive tracks and a couple of new names (Zeynep Erbay and Wojtek Urbanski) ensure that this compilation is as up to the minute as possible. The CD starts with a big kettle drum introduction as the track develops into a moody string-laden modal jazz dancer. This is Cinematic Orchestra for the dancefloor which is totally where most of these tracks belong. And then, Christian Prommer gives Koop a Drumlesson (Prommer has produced one of the albums of the year himself, review coming shortly). Yannah Valdevit (of Eddy Meets Yannah) keeps the vibe very ethnic house and we get a refreshed Panoptikum remix of ‘Till The End‘ by The Invisible Session, much needed as the 12″ on Schema is particularly well worn now (who’s the singer on this anyone?)
Erbay’s ‘Flowers’ is also a bit minimal with some dark Ital piano (i.e. another one to look out for) and we know that Max is “futuristic” from the Apple Of Disco Road release back in January. Well I can live with his style of synth discotech as future jazz as easily as the smoothed out raw house of Dennis Ferrer and Blackjoy.
Tonight you’ll find the Compost party in Amsterdam at Sugarfactory with Chicago house legend Robert Owens (he of Coldcut and a new album on Compost in 2008!), Eddy Meets Yannah, Ben Mono, TJ Kong & Nuno dos Santos and the boss himself! (if you’re in town, don’t forget the dubstep at Paradiso).
The one blemish is the cover version of ‘Movin’ (the orginal Brass Construction version will always win that one) but apart from that, ’till the end, this is a fine compilation on which Reinboth proves he’s got his finger truly on the pulse; and once again a brilliant cover.
Hectic Mix nominations: ‘Till The End’, ‘Superlight’, ‘Eiszauber’, ‘Flowers’, ‘Violet Violin’, ‘Salome’, ‘Drum Rhythm A’,
Reviewed: Various — Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol. 11 (Compost Records) Cat. No. COMPOST 275-2 Release date: November 2007
1 Joash — Salome (6:25)
2 Koop — Drum Rhythm A (Drumlesson Mix) (7:01)
3 Solomun & Stimming — Eiszauber (8:37)
4 Yannah Valdevit — Superlight (4:43)
5 James Din A4 — Mitt 66 Jahren (6:15)
6 Zeynep Erbay — Flowers (3:04)
7 The Invisible Session — ‘Till The End (Panoptikum 2007 Remix) (7:59)
8 No Theory Strickly Instrumental (5:46)
9 Wojtek Urbanski — Violet Violin (Maximillian Skiba Remix) (5:27)
10 Dennis Ferrer — Son Of Raw (6:37)
11 Blackjoy — Moustache (Prins Thomas Diskomika) (8:30)
12 400 Blows — Movin’ (Special Extended Club Remix) (6:47)