Various Artists - Melodic Today
[Melodic, www.melodic.co.uk]

Compilations are a dime a dozen nowadays. Especially popular are ones that showcase a particular label. It is with much joy then that I opened up this CD and listened to it over and over and over again, in repeat mode. I don't know much about Melodic label out of the UK, which could be part of the reason why I was so excited [hearing something new always turns my musical crank!] Split between instrumental and vocal pieces, 'Melodic Today' showcases some of the wackiest and at the same time user-friendly music from UK that I'd heard in the longest while. How do you discern between barrelling rock-steady beat of Department of Eagles' 'Forty Dollar Rug' from the soft acoustic beauty of Gnac's 'And again'? Then, out of nowhere comes John Stammers with a Nick Drake tribute 'The Fridge'. His voice is like a warm blanket on a cold autumn day. You wrap yourself in his hushed beauty and simply forget the crazed world around you. Then, we get DNCN's 'Eeram' ' a wonderfully whacked cut'n'paste piece that is as much brain as it is great material for the dance floor. L Pierre's 'Weirs Way' turns out to be a sparkling instrumental piece that leans heavily in the folk tradition, all the while maintaining a modern feel. I could go on and on with superlatives about all tracks on this record but really there are too many highlights. It makes no difference that I found instrumental bits on this compilation stronger than vocal contributions. What counts is that 'Melodica Today' is music ' strong, proud and free. It is music of the present, reminding us that there was a past and there is a future.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Wieloryb - Voice Tract – Droga głosu
+ The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
+ Tocotronic - Pure Vernunft Darf Niemals Siegen
+ John Tejada & Arian Leviste - Back To Basics
+ Repair - Convenient Arrangements
+ Portable - Version
+ Savas Pascalidis - Hounted House
+ Northern Lite - Temper
+ Monne Automne - Teco
+ Meat Beat Manifesto - At The Center
+ Michael Manning - Public
+ Kosmetyki Mrs Pinki - KMP Vol. 1
+ Korsakow - Ears
+ Kemi & Amox - Poison Ivy
+ Go-To-Cat-Man-Do
+ Ferenc - Fraximal
+ Echo Depth Finders - The City Of The Dolls
+ Jack Dangers - Loudness Clarifies/Electronic Music From Tapelab
+ Jack Dangers - Forbidden Planet Explored
+ Crossover - Cryptic And Dire Sallow Faced Hoods Blast Off Oblivion
+ Bus - Feelin' Dank
+ Bronnt Industries Kapital - Virtute Et Industria
+ Kevin Blechdom - Eat My Heart Out
+ Joey Beltram - Live At Womb 02
+ Ammon Contact - New Birth
+ Cisco Ferreira AKA The Advent - T.R.I.N.I.T.Y.
+ 15 Minut Projekt - Live In Punkt + Suplement
+ Ot-Vinta - Darma ja najwsia cybuli
+ Bożyczi - Kotyłasia, oj jasna zoria z nieba
+ Slough Feg - Atavism
+ Das Scheit - Superbitch
+ Elwing - War
+ Six Organs of Admittance - The Manifestation
+ Cul De Sac & Damo Suzuki - Abhayamudra
+ Erg - Nefryt vs Malachit
+ Tatsuya Yoshida / Kazuhisa Uchihashi - Hercules Icy Club
+ Faun Fables - Mother Twilight

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+ Jason Ajemian - Who Cares How Long You Sink
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+ Borah Bergman / Lol Coxhill / Paul Hession - Acts of Love
+ Mise En Abyme - Jesquibel; Brad Adkins - Big Red
+ Alvin Curran - Toto Angelica
+ Faruq Z. Bey with Northwoods Improvisers - Ashirai Pattern; Azuar' Live at CMU Park Library Auditorium; Griot Galaxy - Live at the D.I.A.
+ Alex Keller / Meri von Kleinsmid - Searching for the inverse square; Meri von Kleinsmid; Ex Vivo
+ Jacen Solo - Virgo; Michael Manning- Public; Yunx - In the Heat of the Night
+ Rainer Lericolais - Reader's Digest; Musique du film Les Enfants Gates
+ The Magic Carpathians Project - Sonic Suicide - Ethnoise # 1
+ Dufus- Ball of Design; Dub Trio - Exploring the Dangers of
+ Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
+ Anthony Curtis - Book of the Key
+ Sophie Agnel / Olivier Benoit - Rip-Stop
+ Seht - Application Antarctica Download Form; Michel Banabila - Hilarious Expedition; Normal Music - Acid Takes