As the title suggests, this double-disc-plus-DVD (also available as a vinyl four-pack) celebrates the 150th release from the schizophrenic !K7 label. With the proliferation of varied material the German-sprouted company puts out, it seems they should have hit this mark a long time ago. But !K7150 is the official milestone, culled from what the label has had to offer since its launch in 1996.

Intent on showing the label's divergent approach toward its releases, !K7150 is separated into two very distinct camps. Disc One showcases vocal artists on the downtempo, eclectic tip. Among them, spoken word from Ursula Rucker, soul from Nicolette (of Massive Attack fame), Louise Rhodes of Lamb's collaboration with A Guy Called Gerald, and Vikter Duplaix' slick R&B are topped by "Same (Ashley Beedle Vocal Mix)" -- a collaboration between Tammy Payne and Smith and Mighty -- and "Wake Up Everybody (R&C Remix)" -- which combines Bobby Womack with Rae and Christian. Disc Two focuses on the minimalist, experimental, electronic-y/electro-y abstract beat type of sound; among those knob-twiddlers are Funkstorung, Swayzak, and Herbert, to mention just a few.

The added DVD, a first for the !K7 label, comprises eleven inventive, rarely seen, and hard-to-find videos from the likes of Tosca, Peace Orchestra, and Terranova. As a best-of collection, !K7150's considerable length is worth your time.


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