I am not really a fan of compilation discs and very few make it on to my iPod, this record is a glorious exception. Just Music are one of the most exciting, dynamic labels releasing new music and alongside Navigator and Samadhisound I seem to buy and love the vast majority of their releases.
The Just Music Café Album consists of 2 CDs, an acoustic based disc and a chilled electronica disc. Both are excellent and feature the cream of the label. So alongside the relatively successful Jon Hopkins are tracks from the shamefully unknown Leo Abrahams. Also featured are the excellent Laroca, Future Loop Foundation and Digitonal.
This CD provides a wonderful introduction to some great artists and will stick in the memory and your CD player for a long time. The only downside is that your wallet will empty as you feel compelled to purchase a number of the albums featured on this record. Ho hum...
The Just Music Cafe Album presents a somewhat unique listening experience as it is at once a compilation of artists all belonging to just one label (effectively acting as a sampler) but also a well-crafted and consistent standalone album. Divided into 'Acoustic' and 'Beat' CDs, which complement each other surprisingly well, the emphasis throughout is on relaxing rhythms and melodies. The Acoustic side offers some great standout tracks from the likes of Honeyroot, Dan Arborise (who in another world could be as popular as Elliott Smith) and Leo Abrahams, and really highlights the individual talent the label has on its books. But it is with the Beats CD that the album really comes into its own. Starting out with fantastic tracks by Future Loop Foundation and Jon Hopkins and maintaining the quality and vibe until the end, it provides the perfect soundtrack to a relaxing day spent anywhere!
Just Music have really pulled it out of the bag with this one, putting together a compilation that I see myself revisiting again and again. Aside from the music, it's a reassuringly quality product - boxed in sustainable packaging with vinyl-ized CDs. Just Music are one of the 'good guys', and the Cafe Album is the perfect way to taste what they have to offer. Chilled-out satisfaction guaranteed!