VARIOUS ARTISTS
Sonar Kollektiv 4


VARIOUS ARTISTS
Secret Love 2 - Compiled by Jazzanova and Resoul

[Sonar Kollektiv, www.sonarkollektiv.com]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Voices In The Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s
America

[Pax Recordings, www.paxrecordings.com]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Gospel for J.F.P. III - Tribute to Jaco Pastorius

[MoonJune, www.moonjune.com]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
No Depression

[Glitterhouse, www.glitterhouse.com]

VARIOUS ARTISTS
FPLCVL Sampler # 001

[Finderpop / Cassette Vision, www.finderpoplabel.com / www.cassette-vision.com]


Compilations. Love'em or love'em. For what they're worth, compilations will at least allow a quick sampling of the multitude of artists you're too busy to check out of your own volition.
The first two compilations feature artists that record for the German Sonar Kollektiv label. This Berlin label is difficult to put into a box. Do they promote new soul or are they purveyors of new break-beat, funky and jazzy lounge? "Sonar Kollektiv 4" is an overview or last year's best-of as seen through the people that run this label. We get fat pumping rhythms from Georg Levin on "Insider (Rima Remix)". There's also the down-tempo confusion of Dimlite's "Back to the Universe (The Slapped Eyeballers Remix)". With so many great tracks, it's a crime to be picking favourites! Who's to say that Fat Freddy's Drop dubby-acid lounge of "Roady" is better than the hardcore break-beats of Trickski's "Sunshinefunk Pt. 1"? It's all good. It's all so lickety delicious. At the end of the compilation, you're only wishing for more of the same from Sonar Kollektiv for the upcoming year.

"Secret Love 2 - Compiled by Jazzanova and Resoul" as the title suggests is a remix project by Jazzanova and Resoul. Basically, they spin and remix their favourite tracks [not necessarily those from the Sonar Kollektiv stable]. From the nice, nice 4Hero remix of "Making Music" by Chungking to the lighter-than-air sing-along of Psapp's "Tiger, My Friend", this compilation has it all. The cheery "The Answer" from 1Luv has a deep samba groove that I can't stop humming. The good vibes, the great feel, the deep grooves, the hushed whisper-light melodies, the music is top notch. The mixes are geared towards the softer, mid-tempo groove, which makes this a fitting CD for a lazy weekend afternoon spent grazing in the sun. Another huge winner from the cheery folks at Sonar Kollektiv.

Everyone knows the harm G.W. Bush's years in power have done to the US and the world. If only to point this out, "Voices In The Wilderness" serves as a reminder of the bullshit Americans are forced to put up with. Hour long CD works more like a complete whole, rather than just a collection of disparate songs. Guess who's the target of all the tracks? That's right - G.W.'s inability to "rule" [he's always wanted to be a dictator after all] his nation. Starting off with Marcos Fernandes' "Ready for the Revolution" where we're bombarded with a slew of anti-Bush chants ["Hey, hey, how many people did you kill today?']. We later move to "America, Fuck Your Freedom" by the United Satanic Apache Front, which turns out to be the most biting piece of anti-American commentary I'd heard in the last few years [you have to trust me on this as I won't be quoting from this piece]. These are just the words. The music between is sombre and angry. Electronic experiments by Lance Grabmiller and rough, angular improvisation by Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis all work well. All music is rife with snippets of Bush's famous speeches from the past [you know this man is not a public speaker when he admits he wants to be a dictator!]. With its' black and white drawing of a long-bearded hippie walking through a graveyard carrying an American flag, even the album's cover is overtly bleak. Let's face it, more than two years after this whole war began, the fact is US how now killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi people and has lost more than two thousand of their own troops. "Voices In The Wilderness" is that perfect reminder that we must not forget this madness. Part of profits from this CD will be donated to the War Resisters League. Stand up and say no to the horrors of war. Buy your copy today.

Thirty years ago, bassist Jaco Pastorius was without a doubt an important figure in the world of jazz. His premature death has caused everyone and their mother to sing praises about the man. He's been seen quoted as an influence more often than Miles or Bird. Is it any wonder than that "Gospel for J.F.P. III" is a look back on the man's music as seen through the eyes of the jazz mainstream? Musically, this is a fairly straight ahead look at the music of Jaco Pastorius. As much as I hate to say this, there are not too many surprises. Much of the CD sadly sounds like jazz-lite, which in my mind is a nasty off-shoot that should've never seen the light of day. To be fair there are stand out tracks. "Three Views of a Secret" interpreted by guitarists Hiram Bullock and Bireli Lagrene has some nice moments, especially during the rousing vocals by Contrafarsa. Gil Goldstein's accordion take on "Punk Jazz" is intensely warm and inviting. Many of the other selections on the disc sound like fusion freaks getting their jollies off in the name of getting noticed on a tribute record. Next time around, when attempting a project such as this, I suggest a wider pool of artists drawn from non-jazz genres. This would really make Jaco proud of his disciples.

As an accompaniment to the excellent 3 CD box set "Nevermind - Glitterhouse is 20", we have "No Depression [Another Late Night Mix]" a mix CD compiled by Prince Koolski. Ranging from the spacey and glittery sounds of Salvatore's "JS Bells" to the down-trodden blues of Friends of Dean Martinez "The Winter Palace" to the honky-tonk blues of 16 Horsepower and their "Wayfaring Stranger", this is a record best played late at night, as you're resolutely thinking things through. The majority of the acts here have blues and folk music at their heart, while their rock sensibilities remain tightly in place. The Walkabouts' "People Such as These (Kevin's Dub)" is a ten minute exercise in rock-out dark psychedelic experience. Strange fade outs and mini-movements make this piece one of the stand-outs on the compilation. While not for everybody, "No Depression" is a seamless mix and a solid showcase for the blues-alt-rock-country that Glitterhouse has been championing for years.

Japanese Finderpop and its sister label Cassette Vision have been releasing dreamy pop music for a number of years now. As the name suggests, "FPLCVL Sampler # 001" is a sampling of some of both labels' output. All bands showcased here have this tingly pop sensibility. Almost like a softer, more updated version of Galaxie 500, these artists wear their 60's Velvet Underground sensibilities firmly on their sleeves. From the softer-than-silk pop sensibility of Arcolor's "Tiheisen" through to vibe heavy, accordion enhanced "Story of Surf for Young People" by Lem, the album is pure gold through and through. Yusuke Momose's "Starting Over" represents the more experimental side of the label. With its jittery, broken-up sampled vocal and a crazed rhythm, it sounds like an orchestra of people that stutter. Softly sung "Thorn" by Vapour Trail and the rough, feedback-pop frenzy of Apartment's "You Go Through Love Beer" completes the record. Puzzling, daring and easy to sing along to, this is one compilation that is most of all bright and cheerful. At the end of it all, I'm left speechless with the wide variety of dream-like, loopy experiments present in Japanese pop music of today.

- Tom Sekowski


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