Also Released: Music
Various Warp Box Set (Warp)
Celebrating the twentieth birthday of the groundbreaking Sheffield electronica label we get a mammoth ten-disc box set of 10in EPs with the label’s artists covering each other, new unheard tracks, special one-off mixes, favourites selected by fans and founder Steve Beckett, plus a 192-page booklet. In short, pretty classy and pretty special.
Various Disco Discharge (Harmless)
Disco came at us in a myriad styles and shades back in the day and these expansive, lovingly compiled and considered double-disc collections celebrate the fact. Subtitled: Classic Disco, Disco Ladies, Euro Disco and Gay Disco and Hi-NRG all filled with original 12in versions that saves you searching endlessly through eBay for the vinyl pressings. Lovely artwork and Alan Jones penned sleeve notes to boot.
Portico Quartet Isla (Real World Recordings)
Describing themselves as an ‘indie band that plays post jazz’ is more about the look than the sound. This John Leckie produced album shows off the band’s use of peculiar dome-like instrument the Hang, solidifying their evocative atmospheric sound behind a sax-driven jazz base.
Band of Skulls Baby Darling Doll Face Honey (You Are Here)
Despite having the worst name for an indie band since oooh, the last really crap indie band with a crap name, this debut is a very creditable melange of noisy post-Dino Jr, sub-Mary Chain posturing. Actually way better than it sounds on paper.