Independent music needn't be a competition.
So it's heartening to hear of Alcopop! Records' forthcoming compilation. Due to be released on Record Store Day, 'Sensible Record Labels' is designed as a gateway into independent music.
The album features exclusive new music from Transgressive, Fat Cat, Bella Union, Fortuna POP! And Fierce Panda, amongst others.
Alcopop! Records' own Jack Clothier comments: "We're hoping that amid the reissues, expensive singles and re-pressed rarities, we can genuinely open people up to a new way of thinking, and encourage indie fans to delve into rosters of labels they may not already be aware of, becoming further involved the beating heart of our UK indie scene."
Transgressive co-founder Tim Dellow added: "We're thrilled to be involved in something that genuinely captures the true spirit of Record Store Day, and what this community of great independent artists and labels represent. A great value way for fans to get into new bands across all the labels, and support their local indie store. Good on Alcopop! The Alvvays track is "Underneath Us" making its vinyl debut having only been on a bonus tape given away at indie stores with their stunning debut!"
'Sensible Record Labels' will be released on April 18th, available at the extremely reasonable price of £10. Tracklisting:
* Menace Beach – Hello Bully (Memphis Industries)
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Masokissed (Fierce Panda)
Alvvays – Underneath Us (Transgressive)
* Simmer – Bering Strait (Dog Knights Productions)
* C-Duncan – The Castle Walls (FatCat)
* Tellison – Boy (Alcopop!)
* Joanna Gruesome – There Is No Function Stacy (Fortuna Pop!)
* Bernard + Edith – Dagger (Bella Union)
* Best Friends – Wash Me Out (Art is Hard)
* Woahnows – Sounds Like Spitting (Big Scary Monsters)
* Silver Waves – Gargoyle (Howling Owl)
* Denotes exclusive material