LABEL: Melting Records, Greece
Format: LP (LTD 500) ／ MR 007
TITLE: Tales of Another Direction Vol. 2
Niles Philips (NL)
Madball Scientists (DE)
Mononome & Billa Qause (GR)
El Jazzy Chavo (GR)
Released on December 20, 2017
Compiled by Melting Records
Mastered by Blanka at Kasablanka Studio
Artwork Design by Kanellos COB
Greece’s Melting Records close out 2017 with welcome return of the Tales of Another Direction compilation, now in its second volume. Tales of Another Direction Vol. 2 brings back some exciting Melting Records mainstays and introduces promising new talent, confirming the label’s ear-to-the-ground taste-making prowess. The ten track collection – not including the ‘bonus track’ – is an aural journey in the best sense of the term, leading the listener down a jazzy pathway paved with trip hop, downtempo, and chilled electronic delights.
Tales of Another Direction Vol. 2 opens with the seductive “Flyentists” by French producer Screenatorium, featuring beautiful, smokey vocals and hazy, lazy rhythms. “Deep Water” – by Renegades of Jazz side-project Keno – continues this intoxicating vibe with its beachside sounds, organ and loungey horn loops, and beckoning female vocal snippets. Other strong highlights include the classic trip hop sound of Kognitif’s “Flamant Rose”, Skinshape and Jon Moody’s ’70s noir throwback “Oboe Diddly”, the tough, choppy beats and trippy sitar of “Growth Strategies” by Niles Philips (Timewarp, Inc), and the hypnotic “Primeira Sessão” by MPC bandits Billa Qause and Mononome.
There’s so much more to enjoy on Tales of Another Direction Vol. 2. Crucial cuts from smallFall, Madball Scientists, El Jazzy Chavo, Hashfinger, and a bonus by Gustavsite are also included, and the amazing cover art by Kanellos COB also can’t be ignored. Melting Records come correct once again, setting the stage for exciting releases in the new year and beyond.