I genuinely can’t remember the last time I heard a good label compilation album. This art seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent years, which I view as a travesty. I could lay the blame for this at the feet of internet streaming and the age of the playlist, but what’s the point. As a young, fanatical hip-hop digger, like many others I was put on to some of my most enduring artists through these label showcases. Old Project Blowed and Def Jux tapes created not only a prime selection of the best its roster had to offer, but also a feel for specific scene at the specific point in time. Mello Music Group has gone some way towards rectifying the situation with their new compilation, Bushido. Mello’s lineup is a definitive who’s who of current underground hip-hop, within the sub-category of “left-field”. While most of the artists do lean this way, the sounds stay the right side of harsh and aurally challenging, which is to say not at all.