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Freshly Composted Vol. 3

Compost Dreihundert

(Compost; US: 27 Jan 2009; UK: 27 Oct 2008)

The third volume is Compost’s Freshly Composted sampler series is a special one. First, it marks the label’s 300th release,no small feat for an electronic-oriented indie. Second, the tunes are exceptional. Over half the 13 selections are previously-unreleased on CD, and most are remixes. You get the spunky spy-jazz of Marbert Rocel’s “The Pack” and Sepalot’s “Go Get It”. You get the immaculate yet personable soul of Eddy Meets Yannah’s “Solid Ground” and Robert Owens’ “Never Give Up”. And the techno-funk of Muallem’s “Cheerleader”. And the more experimental electro-jazz of Wojtek Urbanski’s “Violet Violin” and Beanfield’s “Tides”. You get the idea. While the approach may vary, it’s all very Compost, that is, tasteful, sharp, and listenable. Standouts will depend on your subgenre of choice, but to these ears the heavily atmospheric, soaring synths of Karma’s “Beach Towel” are tough to beat.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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