For those who have long loved Passion —Peter Gabriel's Middle Eastern-inflected score to Martin Scorsese's 1989 film The Last Temptation of Christ (now reissued in a remastered edition by Universal)—the intrepid artist's soundtrack to the Australian film Rabbit-Proof Fence should prove nearly as compelling.
Members of the global club community have been patiently awaiting a full-length from X-Press 2 since the early-'90s, when the British house trio—Ashley Beedle, Rocky, and Diesel—ripped dancefloors apart with its early singles, the power-packed "Muzik X-Press" and "London X-Press." Years later, at the start of this decade, X-Press 2 released three back-to-back U.K.
One hundred previously unreleased cuts from Elvis Presley would be greeted with enthusiasm any time, and arriving near the 25th anniversary of his death, this lavishly packaged and meticulously annotated four-CD set from the RCA vaults does not disappoint aesthetically or historically.
Somewhat surprisingly, Dana Colley and Billy Conway have shown great determination and resilience in the three years since the death of their former Morphine bandmate, vocalist/ two-string bassist Mark Sandman.
Swedish duo Koop—composers/producers/ remixers Oscar Simonsson and Magnus Zingmark—create the kind of sublime jazzy electronic landscapes that sit comfortably alongside offerings from the likes of Zero 7, Nuyorican Soul, and Kruder & Dorfmeister, as well as Donald Byrd.