Review: Second time around for Vivien Goldman's inspired debut single, "Launderette", a fine chunk of no-wave era NYC heaviness that first slipped out way back in 1981. The title track is typical of New York's open-minded post-punk scene, with Goldman adding her distinctive vocals to a bass-heavy backing track big on dub bass, Melodica style flourishes and Latin-tinged percussion. Flipside "Private Armies" is a little more experimental in tone, with dubbed-out guitars and layered vocals riding an unflinchingly heavy, punk-funk style bassline and clicking, high-octane rhythm track. It's arty but impressive and arguably even more potent than the more familiar A-side.
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".