V/A - Ten Years, Who Cares? (Sonar Kollektiv)
The first Sonar Kollektiv compilation appeared in 2002 and the impressive selection on the premier offering from Jazzanova’s label suggested that it would be worth keep abreast of future developments. Since then, the imprint has released way too much music, with many releases simply disappearing under the radar. As a result of this, there have been some very ‘ordinary’ records released on SK, but the Berlin based imprint has also released a large amount of mindblowing music in their ten year history. Now totalling over 150 releases, the label benefits from Jazzanova’s lack of defined A&R policy, with startling electronica cosying up to folk inspired acoustic efforts, fractured beat numbers and enthralling technoid house. This two disc set starts with a wonderful retrospective CD, which features highs such as the broken hop of Forss’s Using Splashes and Dukie and Fitchie’s timeless Midnight Marauders. The second part is a housier mix from Jazzanova, where gems such as Moonstarr’s spine-tingling Detroit and Georg Levin and Clara Hill’s (I Got) Somebody New feature. For SK novices, this is a great place to start, whilst longtime fans should appreciate having some of the label’s finest moments on a two disc set.