Various ‘Tony Minvielle presents Into Somethin’ Vol. 2’ (The Sound Of Everything) 4/5

tony-minvielleCompilations like this used to come out almost monthly ‘back in the day’ (circa 1998-2003ish). It is a mixtape of a compilation showcasing some of the finest upcoming and established musicians, beatmakers and producers from around the world.
The quality of music here is no less good than the back in the day product – the only difference is that this will not have a physical presence on the streets as it will be released, like its volume 1 predecessor as a digital format.
The moods here take us from the soulful beat driven vocals of Jordan Rakei (whose own stunning debut album ‘Cloak’ has just been released) to the regal elegance of one of the dames of jazz vocal, Carmen Lundy. This is, thankfully, one of those compilations that you can listen to any track and find it an all-round pleasant head-nodding, toe-tapping experience.
Let’s go back to the opener by young, multi-talented Australian Jordan Rakei ‘Add the Bassline’: soft keys and his vocal kick things off before the abovementioned bassline kicks in. The bassline definitely does not overshadow the vocals but it doesn’t matter because you’re already nodding your head to this – quality stuff with a touch of raw street vibe.
Drummer to the stars Richard Spaven is up next with his trademark polyrhythmic drum playing set behind male and female vocals on ‘Whole Other’. This is definitely some next level music that defies the categories: it’s not jazz as such, it’s not soul, it’s not hip-hop but it is a great listen!
Can you follow that? In a word, yes, with keyboardist to the stars, Kaidi Tatham and an instrumental that could quite easily have been penned by the Mizell brothers or Herbie Hancock from their 70’s hit-making days. This one will just take you on a ride you won’t want to stop.
If we skip over Carmen Lundy’s bossa nova beauty to Peruvian singer/songwriter and saxophonist Carolina Araoz’s gentle but uplifting piece called ‘Acelerar’ which is soulful as it is folky as it is slightly reggaefied. The production on this excellent and one that the listener will need to put a pair of decent headphones to fully engage with this song.
Of the other great tracks, Snarky Puppy keys man, Bill Laurence, continues to enthral with his soaring string-drenched arrangements plus abstracts beats thrown in for good measure. Sidewalk Chalk sound like an ensemble that I really need to see live as it sounds like they know how to throw a damn good live show with their mix of jazzy keyboards, vocals and on-point rapping. Daniel Crawford is a new name to me but one I am already taking note of. His cut ‘The One’ featuring Vikter Duplaix on vocals is a driving rhythmic track that one could quite happily dance to. A very mature track indeed and another quality track that sits on a quality comp.

Sammy Goulbourne