This time a great notion

by

comment
Label compilation-as-aesthetic manifesto can be tricky business. If you half-ass the track selection, sequencing, packaging or remastering, it’s probably just as well to have never unleashed the product. But far worse still is the label that never had a vibe, a feel, a vision of its own and makes that all too clear to the public with a "best of" outing.

All of this pessimism is merely precursor to the following comment: Small Stone Records has avoided each and every one of the above-mentioned traps in assembling here. The Detroit-based indie has released records from groups as diverse as boogie-blues-plus-danger badmen Five Horse Johnson and eclectic-by-nature A2 outfit Morsel. But here. outlines just how interested SS honcho Scott Hamilton is in the groove. (C’mon now, "groove" isn’t always a bad word!) Hamilton’s track selection is worthy of the DJ booth, as the set he’s constructed is, well, a really great friggin’ mix tape. From Morsel’s "Less is More" as remixed by Persona – a dream interrupted by bouts of caffeine psychosis – to Roundhead’s conjuring of Joy Division in the American Midwest, to Soul Clique’s pre-dawn excursions up and down Gratiot, there’s a little sumpin’-sumpin’ holding this shindig together at the seams. And that, my friends, makes for a an hour well spent!

(Plus, among the record’s three hidden tracks is a version of "Funky Dollar Bill" by the Thornetta Davis Band and the late, lamented Mog Stunt Team working over Depeche Mode’s "Policy of Truth.")

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.