I think Ren probably pushed all their comps into the 1st part of the year and then left it like that. I think Slam are supposedly due a Mix Collection.
Not sure on the sales numbers but it still amazes me that Balance, Ren, et al are still issuing hard copy CD's - surely it's time to move to digital only. Yes, I like the physical CD and box but I think we need to move on. Saying that, trying to compete with podcasts must mean that digital would be an interesting move.
Balance are the standard at the moment imo - yes there have been some sub par releases (Maas) but I like the fact that we get some real variety. As for Cattaneo 25 I think it's highly unlikely, more likely to be someone by less mainstream, i.e. Ellen Allien.