Boomkat Product Review:
A special birthday edition from Burnt Friedman's Nonplace label, commemorating a decade in operation. This compilation presents fourteen exclusive tracks, with contributions from all the label's major players: Flanger, Root 70, The Embassadors, plus Basic Channel legend Mark Ernestus (who supplies a remix of The Embassadors' 'Makena') and D&M's Raashad Becker (who volunteers a couple of remixes, including Flanger's 'Crime In The Pale Moonlight'). Burnt Friedman himself features fairly heavily too, as is to be expected, and the album kicks off in splendid fashion with a collaboration with Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit. 'The Librarian' (a piece attached to the David Sylvian-related Nine Horses project) is revisited by Friedman and it certainly retains the minimal, electronic jazz atmospherics that made it so striking first time around. Standing out on the tracklist, the Flanger material proves especially good; this collaboration between Friedman and Uwe Schmidt of Atom TM fame yields particularly rewarding results, the best of which is arguably 'Funeral March', one of the more traditional cuts here inspired by the beautifully languid sounds of New Orleans jazz.