Various Artists - Speedy Underground: Year 3
The London-based record label releases the third compilation of tracks from their limited edition 7” and 10” singles on LP and digital download formats.
Among those artists / tracks involved in this collection are the skittering Arthur Russell-indebted jam of ‘Running Out’ by Boxed In & Formation, the DNA-rearranging genre-shifting post punk of Melt Yourself Down, the glacial synth-pop of JW Ridley and the Sademeets- PJ Harvey power pop of newcomer Dewey.
In the strong tradition of breaking their own rules the compilation also includes the two tracks from Speedy’s very first double A-Side - Meatduscher aka Meatraffle’s ‘The Bird Song’ (one of Marc Riley’s Tracks Of The Year) and the dirty riffage of Warmduscher’s ‘The Sweet Smell Of Florida’ which also appears on their recent Carey produced album ‘Whale City’.
For the first time ever the label also deviated from their strict 7” policy with the epic sprawling 13-minute epic ‘Hyperborea’ from Kraut-psychedelia darlings Flamingods, the results of which could only be contained on 10” wax.
Also included is the summery G-funk groove of ‘I’m Gone’ from legendary Detroit Stones Throw rapper Guilty Simpson, laying down his vocals over a beat provided by label head-honcho himself Mr. Dan AKA Dan Carey.
Speedy Wunderground, the label run by Dan Carey alongside Alexis Smith and Pierre Hall, is changing. As always this evolvement is a natural thing, driven by the artists and, more importantly, the music itself. Whilst the focus is still on the idea of spontaneity examples like the above are a perfect example of how the imprint is developing.
“The whole idea of Speedy is to be unrestricted,” says Hall, “so although the ‘rules’ themselves have always been slightly tongue-in-cheek there would be a subtle sense of irony in the idea that we were restricted by our own restrictions! So we’re kinda open to anything. That’s the point. As always, the music takes first priority.”
1. Boxed In Ft Formation - Running Out
2. Warmduscher - The Sweet Smell Of Florida
3. Meatraffle - The Bird Song
4. Melt Yourself Down - Another Weapon
5. Mr Dan Ft Guilty Simpson - I’m Gone
6. JW Ridley - Everything (Deathless)
7. DEWEY - Loch Linnhe
8. Flamingods - Hyperborea
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Speedy Wunderground
Genre: Indie & Alternative
Format: Vinyl LP
Cat Number: SWY3LP
Released: 27 July 2018