Various Sound In Color

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Sound In Color, a new label out of Southern California, introduces its artist roster with this compilation. Production veteran Mumbles takes the cake with "Preema's Dilemma," a wonderful Latin jazz composition that features his father on flute, uncles on trombone and trumpet and brother on the scratch-it's an exciting preview of his forthcoming LP. The booming bassline and dubbed-out trumpets of Bizarra & Boomnote's "Applied Pressure" are noteworthy, and Exile's "Ah Ouia" features a live trumpet over some bouncy MPC beats. Ricci Rucker is going to have a hard time escaping Prefuse 73 comparisons with the glitch funk sound of "Dirt," and GB's "Le Jazz" harkens back to the tame acid jazz sounds of the early '90s. Half standard jazzy cocktail hour fare and half truly interesting music, this compilation is a mixed bag.