Various Artists - Run Harder Volume One
Run Harder Vol.1 is the first installment in the Run Harder series. A various artists concept that will represent different cities across the globe.
The first effort is a trans-atlantic affair. Two great American metropoles and two European cities are connected through a slice of black gold.
New York based 'Kareem Ali' kicks off the A side with his Jazzy summer theme called 'Gold' which consists of a melancholic Trumpet solo that smoothly blends in with some deep textures.
Chicagoan 'Kamaho Adisa' (A2) shows that the american mid-west is still the place to look when one is in need of boundary pushing futuristic sounds. His 'No Sun' effort might best be described as an accidental get together of Sun Ra, D'Angelo, Ghostpoet and Theo Parrish.
Label Head-Honcho's 25 Places take the listener on a submerged voyage with their B1 theme 'Human Nature'. Whilst both of them have been in and out of Rotterdam on several occasions, they still represent their native hometown like always.
For the B2 - Edinburgh Based 'Rai Scott' takes it even deeper with his percussion laden 'Walking Home' which closes down this intercity travel quite nicely.
a1. Kareem Ali - Gold
a2. Kamaho Adisa - No Sun
b1. 25 Places - Human Nature
b2. Rai Scott - Walking Home