This is one of the better future-soul compilations that's come out in awhile. Only the third (and first full-length) release from Berlin-based newcomer Inphusion, the limited edition CD includes the two singles released on the imprint as well as an unusually well-curated selection of independent electronic music from around the globe.
There are enough recognizable names on Phused to pique your curiosity, from DJ Spinnaâ€™s mellow but nevertheless neck-snapping remix of Roy Ayersâ€™ â€œHoliday,â€ to the new classic Mark De Clive-Lowe and Bembe Segue UK soul tune â€œHeaven." But the real highlights are the people you may be hearing for the first time.
Standouts include French nu-jazzfunk bassist/producer Bruno Hovart, aka Patchworks, with a classy retro-boogie rendition of Cymandeâ€™s afro-funk classic â€œBrothers on the Slide.â€ Austrian neophyte Oracleâ€™s instrumental electrofunk workout â€œInterdimensionalâ€â€”a favorite on Benji Bâ€™s Deviation. And NYCâ€™s own up-and-coming Spymusic supplies a groovy broken reworking of Champion Soulâ€™s â€œHoldinâ€™ On.â€
If you are looking to let your soul horizons descend into the underground and across borders, this is a great primer. The limited run of 1,000 units is only available as an import for now. Order from the German Amazon or JPC or preview the whole CD on Inphusionâ€™s website.
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by DJ Scribe