4HERO ...Mixing (Sonar Kollektiv) Rating: NNN
Dennis McFarlane has been sculpting beautiful soundscapes since 4Hero were critical darlings and recipients of MOBO hardware back in 2001. Between all their upstart indie labels, boundary-?pushing remixes and various other endeavours, it's kinda nice to hear what Dego and Marc Mac would deem worthy to upload to their iPods.
For the third album in the ...Mixing series, Sonar Kollektiv lets the duo puzzle together a unique "selekshan" of guttural rap from the D, a little early Bootsy, Sa-?Ra's dazzling spin on Roy Hargrove's jazziness, while sprinkling in some sexy Georgia Anne Muldrow, which is always a good sound. Compilations seem to have lost their lustre since CD-?Rs went on sale, but 4Hero wouldn't make just any throwaway frisbee disc. The scraper and wah-?wah echoes of the dub workout of Scientist perfectly segue into the Skatalites' robust Roots Dub. If you seek an ambitious mix of groovy grit, you'll find it here.