Bastard Jazz does one up for the downtempo heads! Tempo Dreams is a true return to the downtempo sound for the esteemed Brooklyn-based label. The compilation is curated by Detroit's Tall Black Guy (who has been killing it lately on BSTRD BOOTS with his reworks of Fela and Al Green), who picks 11 of his favorite up and coming producers that are just under the radar and offer a fresh take on the downtempo style. You probably haven't heard of most of these youngins (which is a good thing), but you can trust that they're coming correct on the beats! Check the heady bumps on Teru's "Time To Reinvent," or Chief's "Scanner Revolution," while Tensei and Jeriko Jackson get jazzy on "Space Colony" and "Only Just" respectively. The whole thing is quality through and through with entries from Buscrates, FloydCheung, Doc Illingsworth, Ta-Ku, Evil Needle, MonkeyRobot, Shecky's Jazzy Tofu, and Tall Black Guy himself. Anyone who used to get down to Mo Wax, Ninja Tune, etc. will appreciate these new school takes on the style. Recommended.
- music label: Bastard Jazz 2012
reviewed by Von Bee 06/2012