It's always nice when something very special is going on behind the scenes, and you can finally share that special something with our friends, the listeners. Here is Rack & Ruins summer special, a mix of hi-fi, lo-fi, summer-high.
Summers here kids, and Rack & Ruin is proud to present their latest "Various Artists" collection. "Never mind the brollies" contains many of your Rack & Ruin favourites, but also some wonderful bands who have also offered their tracks to this years summer collection.
The album is as wide a mix as you would imagine from the label. After the fuzzy scuzzed up lo-fi singalong opener from These Are Words, it isn't long before you hit the hi-fi electronic mastery from artists like T Bear, and TASRU.
Mixing lo-fi with hi-fi is no mean feat, but fortunately Tyson Brinacombe was on hand to pull this album together. After his beautiful mix of the Violet Hour EP, there was only really one man who could gel this all together.
Back to the music - anybody familiar with Rack & Ruin will know what to expect from the said artists, if you're a Dublin Duck Dispensary fan, an Andy's Airport of Love lover, or a fan of Gnouli Monsters tap-along rock and roll, these are all here, and will certainly not disappoint.
The friends of Rack & Ruin are a special bunch too! We have "Incredible Nigga Band", Troy Thrills (Cheap Thrills) new project, NME forum favourites "The Whiskers", with a gorgeous live cut of "Furlongs", new kids on the block, "The Backbone of Science", who encapsulate summer in 3:33, and the gorgeous NunParty, who should quite simply be coming out on a tape on Captured Tracks if there is any justice in this world!
A Rack & Ruin special wouldn't be the same without a sombre end to the story, and that comes in the shape of starstarstar. After a couple of beautiful albums, the star boys will be moving to opposite ends of the US. All summers come to an end, but let us enjoy this one whilst it is with us. Thanks to all artists involved in making this such a special release.
1. These are Words - Summer Fuzz (3:24)
2. Dublin Duck Dispensary - Summer RW (2:05)
3. T Bear - 'Til the Sundown (4:25)
4. Lean Horse Marathon - Drowning Sun (3:22)
5. Incredible Nigga Band - I want you to be my girl (2:03)
6. The Whiskers - Furlongs (Sunroom Hoedown) (2:15)
7. The Macadamia Brothers - Housesitting (1:27)
8. Tropical Australian Stinger Research Unit - Yamanashi Dub (5:17)
9. The Backbone of Science - High Tide (3:33)
10. Woodland Heights - High Horse (2:44)
11. Gnouli Monsters - When the Sun Goes Down (2:34)
12. NunParty - Architect of My Heart (1:19)
13. Andy's Airport of Love - Let Summer Into Your Life (0:53)
14. starstarstar - 'Loust (7:25)
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