Various (Thank You For Being You) (4 stars)

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Thank You For Being You (Electric Honey)

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One of Scotland’s most prominent indie labels of the last two-and-a-half decades thanks to their discovery of Belle and Sebastian with Tigermilk, Stow College’s Electric Honey here pay tribute to a whole slew of contemporaries such as Postcard, Fence, Chemikal Underground and Creeping Bent.

It’s a masterfully chosen compilation, featuring the unsung highlights of many of Scotland’s very best bands. Fire Engines’ ‘Get Up and Use Me’, for example, can never outstay its welcome, while Josef K’s cheerful Joy Division impression on ‘Fallen Leaves’ is much appreciated. The Belles’ own buoyant ‘She’s Losing It’ makes an appearance, as do the similarly janglesome Delgados (‘Monica Webster’), The Pastels’ gorgeous ‘The Viaduct’, and latest Electric Honey inductees How to Swim. History isn’t boring, you see?

(David Pollock)

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