“SK200” – Various (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] September 22, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: SK200 / ARTIST: Various / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 15th December 2008 / CAT NO: SK200CD
For an indie label to reach their 200th release in today’s musical climate is nothing short of a miracle; so to mark this respectable milestone, Sonar Kollektiv’s Jazzanova have put together another pristine compilation; and instead of adhering to any kind of obvious “best of” format, they have chosen to include tracks almost exclusively from the last year of Sonar’s output. SK200 is a gloriously eclectic compilation showing that after more then 10 year on the scene, the label is still getting better with every release.
The compilation features many of Sonar Kollektiv’s best music to date from an acclaimed roster of artists: there’s Christian Prommer’s recent cover of the Daft Punk classic Around The World which turns the monster-hit into a freaked-out jazz number; lovely Latino-pop in the shape of Like A Rainy Night, taken from the recently re-issued folk album Listen Of by Brazilian singer-songwriter Paul Bryan; dub-reggae from The Black Seeds – one of New Zealand’s most exciting exports – with Take Your Chances, taken from their latest best-selling album Solid Ground; charming neo-folk from Thief – a collaboration between Berlin singer-songwriter Sascha Gottschalk and Jazzanova members Stefan Leisering and Axel Reinemer – with Somewhere; musically motivated techno from Roland Appel with Inner Soul (slow version), the opening track on his debut solo album Talk To Your Angel; unreleased gold from Season & Sygaire with Cowboys & Angels featuring Randolph Matthews; Jap-jazz from the talented Quasimode quartet with Object In The Mirror, featuring the great jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy; the sun soaked Wake me 5.30 by 2 Banks Of 4, taken from their 3rd album Junkyard Gods; a delicious acoustic instrumental from new label addition Lars Bartkuhn with Prayer / Dance Into The Sun, taken from his brand new album; a live remix exclusive of Ye:Solar – Berlin’s freshest trio at the moment – by Eva Be; delightfully sublime singing from SK’s first lady Clara Hill with her Clara Hill’s Folkwaves project; no-frills hip-hop jazz-pop from Benny Sings with For Your Love, one of SK’s finest singer-songwriters whose songs are reminiscent of Burt Bacharach, Supertramp or even Steely Dan; Cuban gold from the Orchestra Los Van Van with Y que se sepa, taken from the excellent Nueva Vision: Latin Jazz From The Cuban Label Egrem compilation; dancefloor funk from producer’s-producer Recloose with Catch A Leaf, taken from the excellent Perfect Timing and featuring the lush voice of Rachel Fraser; the lush re-orchestration of The Lost Scrolls of Hamaric’s How To Find Royal Jelly by Sonar Kollektiv Orchester, a delicious tune with a gloriously warm and funky sound; and finally Stee Downes offers up What’s Wrong With Groovin’, taken from the soon to be released All In A Day.
SK200 is proof proper that Jazzanova have stayed true to their policy of releasing only “music far above and beyond average commercial standards”. Whether it’s from old friends such as Soulphiction, Thief, Clara Hill and Benny Sings, or newer recruits such as Quasimode, Recloose and Stee Downes, Sonar Kollektiv continues to deliver the freshest talents around.