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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Rough Trade Shops - Counter Culture 10 Compilation 2010

I love the Counter Culture series and this one is no exception. There's just such a variety of styles, genres and moods present on this two CD pack and although some of the offerings leave me cold, there's a fair smattering of artists I'd never heard before that I'd definitely be prepared to fork out for their albums.

In electronic mode there's Casanova's dark, brooding monster 'Actress' to open CD 1, the previously reviewed Pantha du Prince chip in with 'Lay in a Shimmer' and Evelyn funk things up in Daft Punk style with 'Fantastic Mr. Fox.'

If you want the standard Rough Trade post-punk indie then look no further than Dreaming's 'Allo Darlin', TY Segall adds some scuzzy, old sub-pop style action and The Love Triangle may even impress Evlkeith with the short, punchy 'Splendid Living'.

On the quirky front the compilation is equally impressive, showcasing a bit of chip-tune/world crossover from Khulumani, the funny but profound John Grant and best of all, the sweet, country sing-a-long classic that is Caitlin Rose's 'Own Side'.

Basically, if you like any of the above genres, it's an essential purchase and tremendous value for money with over forty fun and interesting contributions. The sound of my Summer, maybe it's the soundtrack for your Winter. 

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