by Paul POP!, First Coast News
For their 300th release, Compost Records has decided to blow the dust off of the Freshly Composted series and release a third volume. This time around the disc contains thirteen tracks that are a mixture of previously released tunes and unreleased gems that have never appeared on CD. In fact, nine of the thirteen tracks are appearing on CD for the first time and that alone makes Freshly Composted Volume Three worth having.
With a line up that reads like a who's who of the Compost roster, Freshly Composted Volume Three features works by Alif Tree, Sepalot, Eddy Meets Yannah, Beanfield, Muallem, and Robert Owens to name just a few. If you read this section often then you'll recognize the fact that those artists have all appeared here on the site in some sort of review. Name recognition aside, what you get with Freshly Composted Volume Three is a smorgasbord of tasty tracks that cover the map from deeply chilled downtempo songs to upbeat loungey house and just about everything in between.
Compost is such a varied label and Freshly Composted Volume Three illustrates that diversity so well that it works perfectly as a celebration of the labels 300th release. Amongst the stand out songs scattered throughout this record is the pop sheen of Sepalot's, "Go Get It,", and the minimal deepness of Beanfield's, "Tides Ripperton Mix." They scratch the surface at just how good Compost Records is at finding new and veteran talent alike and working with them to release super high quality music.
Three hundred records in and it's pretty easy to say that Compost is nearly legendary for what it does. This is a label that has been around forever, put out some really really good records, and clearly shows no signs of slowing down. Freshly Composted Volume Three is the perfect proverbial cherry on top for a label that's as important as it is consistent. Do yourself a favor and pick this record up and introduce yourself to the electronic brilliance that is Compost Records.
First Coast News / Paul POP!