Just like their awesome TV series showcasing new music, Bongo Boy‘s compilation albums are the perfect place to keep up with the fads and fashions of the current music era. Covering all sounds and styles, genres and scenes, they collect music of all sizes, from emerging grassroots stars of tomorrow to the better-established artists of the day, and present them in bite-sized forms. If you want to keep up with what is happening in the fast-paced world of new music, Bongo Boy Records compilation albums are the perfect place to start. They do all the searching so that you don’t have to.

This latest release, their 21st in the series (a significant marker if ever there was one) kicks off with Touch, a hip-pop mash-up from R.O.M.A.N. It’s a deft blend of smooth neo-soul and energetic, electric pop, hip-hop grooves and R&B vibes. Hip pop indeed.

And to show the eclectic and exciting nature of their tracklisting, what follows is a slice of the foot-on-the-monitor classic rock from ARTIC BABA. Mr Crazy offers a familiar sound but also an infectious one, a reminder that if it ain’t broke, leave the hell alone. Clark Ford and Underground Treehouse come together for a gorgeous and lilting slice of folk-pop, all sweet harmonies and gently swaying rhythms. I Will Never Stop by AED Projek is a banging slice of dance floor delight…as someone, a fraction of my age might put it.

Gigantesco from Combine-Music featuring Thiunife is about as cutting edge and forward-thinking a slice of Euro-dance that you could hope to ask for, all neon energies and late-night, clubland euphoria and Studeo‘s Wish You Were Here is one of those songs that just defies classification – part pop, part rock, oozing psychedelic haziness and slick, Yacht Rock style production. I don’t know where it fits in the grand scheme of things, all I know is I love it…and that is the acid (rock) test, after all. It is one of two of their songs featured here, and the other, In The Nick of Time, feels like an electronic make-over of something Jefferson Airplane might have come up with.

A Love Like Ours is a lush piece of chamber pop from David Scott Kocher that tugs heartstrings and evokes nostalgic images of classic 60’s crooners and things are rounded off with Grit’s Guitar giving us a psyched out and superb instrumental take of Cry Me A River, a track that he certainly makes his own.

It’s the coolest collection of new music and if you can’t find something within its sonic palace to love, then might I suggest that music is not really for you.

If you want to know more about Bongo Boy Records or submit music for consideration contact submit@bongoboyrecords.com

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