Various Artists

Future Sounds of Jazz, Vol. 10

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For better or worse, Germany's Compost Records has been the benchmark and barometer for measuring the state of downtempo/chillout. While trends in downtempo music have altered and evolved since the inaugural installment of the Future Sounds of Jazz series, one thing has remained consistent: the series has provided quality compilations featuring some of electronic music's most respected downtempo producers alongside up-and-coming talent. This tenth installment, mixed carefully by label owner Michael Reinboth and labelmates Beanfield, features the same high-quality acid jazz, downtempo, and drum'n'bass that devotees of the label have come to expect from the series. Contributions from minimal techno maestro Ricardo Villalobos and jazz legend Cal Tjader (remixed ably by Reinboth), along with the much-in-demand Maurice Fulton remix of Fred Everything's house-funk "Elevate," bring a diverse breadth of textures from the album's start to its concluding track, Sebastien Teillier's excellent "La Ritournelle." It's not the strongest of the series, but it's definitely not the weakest of the bunch, either. Here's hoping the next ten installments will be as groundbreaking as the first ten.

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