Do Right label boss John Kong gives us his second collection of Canadian talent, this time including artists from outside Toronto along with the local acts.
The disc starts off on a rootsy hiphop vibe but quickly moves into jazzier territory, hitting on some Afrobeat, a bit of deep house, broken beat and soul. The mood is fairly cheerful and light throughout and feels kind of like a summer in Toronto.
You could argue that it focuses too much on the soulful and funky side of dance music, but that's what the label is known for. It's a good, fun summer compilation and will surely help some of the lesser-known artists gain exposure outside Canada.
Required Listening 2 gets launched Friday (July 6) at Harbourfront's Brigantine Room.