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Future Sounds of Jazz Vol. 11

(Compost; US: 15 Jan 2008; UK: 12 Nov 2007; Germany release date: 9 Nov 2007)

With a volume per year since 1996, Future Sounds of Jazz is quite possibly the longest-running electronica compilation series ever. That’s testament to the immaculate taste of compiler Michael Reinboth, and to the consistent quality of his Compost label’s output. Volume 11 is no black eye on the series, either. However, since drum’n'bass went by the wayside, it’s unclear as to exactly what the future sound of jazz is. The orchestrated post-trip-hop of Joash’s “Salome” sounds like a good answer, as does the moody techno of The Invisible Session’s “‘Till the End”, the collection’s sole vocal track. But the handful of nondescript progressive house tracks ain’t where it’s at, and disco rehash like Blackjoy’s “Moustache” isn’t even in the vicinity. Reinboth’s unearthing of 400 Blows’synth-soul “Movin” from 1985 is a rare misstep, though retro completists will love it. As usual, you’ll find several exclusive cuts. All in all, Future Sounds of Jazz Vol. 11 sounds a lot like 2007.

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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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