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Twenty years ago, Trunk records collated fun compilations of sleazy kitsch. Today, the label uncovers treasures from the immediate past that cast critical light on the present. Classroom Projects, music made by British junior school children in the ’60s and ’70s, includes everything from a surging choral rendition of Mike Batt’s Bright Eyes to a…

Venom P Stinger – 1986-1991 - August 2013 August 19th, 2013

Venom P Stinger offered an indifferent Australia unwanted acres of tricksy, lurching, tempo-shifting, art rock sea-shanties, doubtless as difficult for the band to play as they were for the merely curious to tolerate. The guitarist Mick Turner and the drummer Jim White went on to supply tastefully distressed licks and off-beat percussive flourishes to Warren…

Rob Young’s book Electric Eden, for which this double CD is a companion, charted the unruly assimilation of British folk music into Folk Rock. A rare demo version of Fairport Convention’s monumental 1969 epic A Sailor’s Life is a key track, jumping the hedgerow to a world of wyrd folk hybrids. A shortened version of…

Just when it seemed there were no more ways to repackage Trojan’s vast back-catalogue of Jamaican sounds, Freedom Sounds’ five themed CD, 108 song celebration of fifty years of Jamaican independence radically recombines typical Trojan material. Disc 2, “Jamiacan Hits”, surveys the usual suspects, Desmond Dekker’s syncopated 007, Junior Murvin’s Clash-inspiring Police & Theives, and…

Weirdlore encompasses a mystic strain of mushroom-flecked contemporary English folk, newly nesting in hedgerows between outright traditional music and the rootless folk-pop of The Mumford And Sons massive. Rapunzel & Sedayne’s Innocent Hare is a shimmering psychedelic drone. Starless And Bible Black arrive by way of West Coast California. The Scottish interloper Alasdair Roberts channels…

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