VARIOUS ARTISTS: Bubbling up from Underground: CD

A collection of tunes courtesy of The Shades, Chrome, Tripp Kulture, Trashbeat, Japan Sound Ensemble, and Major Collective, with bassist Steve Fishman as the connecting linchpin between them. The music is diverse—Trashbeat have a heavy mid-’70s Bowie streak going, Japan Sound Ensemble are into noises, Major Collective are on a groove trip, Tripp Kulture sounds like Chrome on a dance bender, and Chrome sound like… well, Chrome—and the proceedings seem more interested in showcasing bands than lauding the credit on one cat. Good stuff all ‘round. 

 –jimmy (Major, majortalent.org)