Pals Volume 4
We're a little late to the party but we couldn't let the release of our friends at Play Pal musics anniversary compilation go by without a shout from Numb. It's been five years since their first release came out and their PR info rightfully gives a massive thank you to all the artists who've made this possible and everyone who has supported the label throughout the years!
As to be expected Play Pal celebrate half a decade with the release of a special 5th Anniversary Compilation entitled Pals Vol 4, welcoming artists and friends new and old. So onto the music......
Rambal Cochet (aka Volta Cab) slides in with a fresh blast of organic metallic polished energy of the percussive nature that kindly melts into the spookly named 'Dark Caravan' which is a light and delightfully driven Krafwerkesque arpathon complete with an 80s synth edge.
'Crave' by Los Fugazzi mark their territory with a bubbling baseline that sparkles with percussive elements.
Did Virgo & Amevicious' 'Hard To Get Blind' featuring Johanna on vocals panders beautifully towards more of a soulful hippie blissed out vibe riding on top of some cheeky 4x4 beats,along side some spaced out funked guitar, with teasing piano riffs...... this is swiftly followed by a trip across to Albania where Uj Pa Gaz & Genti join forces as Inaktiv with Play Pal boss Teniente Castillo to bring us 'Final Chords' which hits you with some brightly coloured melodic content, slow paced modular bass with an almost holiday type feel (don't ask how I've reached that conclusion, all this talk of caravans has caught up in a nostalgic bubble).
With a maiden voyage on Play Pal Veneno maintain the cinematic sonic suggestions on "Solo" imagine if Quentin Taranito and Sioiuxie Sioux where comparing notes and having a studio jam this would be the result of that enchanting affair.
Metz duo Club Bizarre open up the second half of the compilation with 'Redite' and they ever so slightly raise the tempo, pumping out some high tensions and fizzing electro housey doingiz.
A food titled track 'Cherry Pie' by Curses (and we all know how sexy a pie can be) its a funky little goth'd out groove that hastily makes its way to your dance floor on a carpet of glitter complete with added melancholic guitars.
FLXXX's 'Blackslash' welcomes us back onto more progressive lands delving deep into the night musically and we ride with it. Theus Mago adds to the tempo changes with 'Low Cost Interstellar Drive' and comically (but brilliantly) peels off another layer from the electronic onion sounding like something Hal 9000 would play on his Spotify list with added cow bell.
Damon Jee under his new moniker 'Nozz' serves up a bit of a master class in sampling to be honest in "Clock" more 4 / 4 goodness like stomping around in techno wellies in your loft.
Fellow artists Rigopolar and new their friends Attendances run with us to the finish line and bring us some well crafted changes in tempo.
Its quite an achievement to maintain this level of consistency across a compilation let alone a period of 5 years hats off to the guys at Play Pal, long may your success continue.