Various--Impulsive! Revolutionary Jazz Reworked: Well, shoot. Over the past few years, I've gradually been acquiring a taste for jazz qua jazz; this is another step down that dark and funky road. It's a 2-disc set, with disc 1 having funked remixes (by such luminaries as Kid Koala, Telefon Tel Aviv and Prefuse 73) of the tracks on disc 2 (except for the last track of each). The original tracks are jazz performances from '58 to '72 by folks like Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and Pharoah Sanders. I don't have enough knowledge of jazz to give an intelligent critique, so I'll leave it there. What I will say is, if I get much more into jazz, I'm going to have to expand my collection, and that's just not gonna fit in the apartment!
Various--bargrooves: cosmopolitan: New York lounge/house: smooth, tasteful, and polished. Much of disc 1, compiled and mixed by Ben Sowton, is a bit too smooth for my tastes; not all of it, though: "Under Your Spell" by Candy Apple featuring Joy Malcolm is particluarly nice, with a catchy Latin piano line, some decent bass, and a little squishy synth thing going on in the background, and the tracks after it are pretty good too, although more suited for the disco than the lounge. Disc 2, compiled and mixed by Rollercone, suits me better overall, with a bit more knocking and thumping in the groove.