In just over two years, Dansor’s Comport Records has gone from being just another label in a bulging market place to one of its home country’s most consistent, eclectic and underrated imprints. And a listen to their ‘Forget Me Not’ series – a retrospective, 10-track affair that captures a raft of the label’s best moments – has plenty to do with this.
So, in spite of the fact that it’s brimming with old hands and newcomers, the package, (produced with the WMC in mind), is a heavyweight release that’s glowing with everything from simple to complex delights.
Fans of the imprint will be acutely aware that the music on Comport tends to be decidedly difficult to pigeonhole, and it’s a trait that abounds throughout. With every track on offer a remix, it’s also abundantly clear that it’s an imprint that showing scant regard for the rule book.
The jacking, cosmic grooves of Camiel Daamen’s remix of Quentin van Honk’s “The Tar” prove the imprint’s mettle early on, before Arara lends Dansor and Saskia Laroo’s trumpet-friendly “Feeling” an extra dollop of tech-house flair.
And matters soon become even less predictable too. Joris Delacroix for instance, turns in a catchy, poignant re-working of Bahlzack’s “Life on Fire”, an effort that’s my pick of an adept litter. Other notable efforts include Zoe Xenia’s “Avoid the Void”, with the latter turned on its head courtesy of Sezer Uysal. Uysal cleverly maintains the original’s vocal while injecting an added bounce and a raft of feverish, sun-kissed strings.
Haito Goepfrich’s ‘Can’t Change the World’ remix of Spennu’s “People Just Don’t Care” is arguably the record that encapsulates all that’s great about Comport’s ability to churn out stylish house music. Elegant, delicate, catchy and an undoubted winner on the dance floor, it takes no prisoners in the best possible way, and closes matters amongst an onslaught of trippy, deep, hallowed goodness. Further remixes from Soundbalance, Dansor and Size amongst others are also brimming with astute colours.
With so much excellence a prominent feature of the past while (and this package), and with the wind now firmly in their sales, chances are the best is yet to come from this esteemed Dutch label.