Review: An inspirational polymath in the late-'70s Labroke Grove scene, Vivien Goldman may have largely made her name writing for NME on the fertile common ground between punk rock and reggae, yet she took the same boundary-breaking sensibilities and used them to create a dizzying selection of music, collected on this vibrant and compelling compilation. Working with The Flying Lizards, Adrian Sherwood and a wide selection of other luminaries from PiL to Asward, she created forward-thinking rhythmically diverse work whose sense of new horizons and creative possibilities remains potent enough to give this dub-tinged collection an enduring appeal and incendiary spirit.
The Art Eixample Of Canigo - "Le Four De Saint Jacques" (5:48)
Ricky Tick Big Band & Julkinen Sana - "Julkinen Sana" (3:39)
Tri4th - "Runners High" (3:08)
Review: Staubgold sub-label Modern Jazz Dance Classics (MJDC) was initially created by friend-of-the-imprint Jeff The Fish to offer vinyl pressings to previously digital-only contemporary jazz-dance cuts. It's been rather successful so far, as this first label compilation provides. There are 15 catalogue highlights showcased on this must-have double album, including the deep jazz-funk flex of Bill Laurance's "Time To Run", the synth-powered brilliance of Khari Cabral & Jiva's "Gemineyes", the righteous Jap-Jazz insanity of Cro Magnon Jin's relentless "First Landing", some sweaty drums and high-octane horn lines from Hermento Pascoal and an insanely percussive, funk-fired wig out from Volunteered Slaves titled "VSOP".