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I always wonder about music from across the Pennines. Given it's northern proximity and rugged Yorkshire spirit, murmurings from our Leeds-based cousins has been relatively quiet of late.

Cue, "Boundless" the latest in a series of compilations from the respected label. It follows last year’s "Come Stay With Me" compilation, a fundraiser for local artists, and "Side to Side" a callout to support women, marginalized genders and LGBTQ+ artists. The album features a collection of 10 new and eclectic tracks from an exceptionally talented group of artists including hypnotic Punjabi folk artist Satnam Galsian, DJ and sound artist Nik Nak, alt funk rock collective Blue Kubricks and poet-rapper Knomad Spock.

If you're stuck in the sometimes insular bubble of Manchester music, then it's refreshingly and inspiring to see a load of bands and artists also following their independent spirit an

Choice moments for me are the 'Lewis Capaldi on auto tune', intimate indie-pop epic, "Even When It Hurts" by Seth Oraeki. The psychedelic electro-folk of Dwellhead (recalling the embryonic Bibio...) and the rawkus tropical-rock-n-roll of KAIROS.

From tasteful, electronic-leaning indie, new soul and experimental pop to the more traditional band set ups, the compilation is a brilliantly curated snapshot of the Leeds music scene right now.



TRACK LISTING

1. Seth Oraeki - Even When It Hurts 
2. Dwellhead - Butterfly Soup 
3. Denmarc Creary - Blame Game 
4. KAIROS - Cruel 
5. NikNak - Whispers 
6. Knomad Spock - Fate 
7. Satnam Galsian - Ride On/Take Me With You 
8. Cosy Room Music - Telemi 
9. Laeeqa - Blossom 
10. Blue Kubricks - 4 Seasons Of Elizabeth

Terry De Castro

A View To A Kill (RSD21 EDITION)

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    Wedding Present bass player covering Duran Duran James Bnd theme and Wedding Present track

    The Wedding Present & Friends

    Not From Where I'm Standing

      Come Play With Me proudly presents a collection of 20 Bond themes covered by current and former members of The Wedding Present. 100% of the profits from its sale will be donated to the ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM). Questioned about the origins of the project, David Gedge of The Wedding Present said: “Where do ideas like this come from? Well, I can tell you that this one was born during a soundcheck in New Zealand, in 2013, when the band were playing around with the main melody of the classic Bond theme ‘You Only Live Twice’. We decided then that, one day, we should probably attempt to cover this amazing song. We ended up doing just that dur-ing the recording sessions for our ‘Going, Going...’ album in Studios La Fabrique (Saint-R my-de-Provence, France). And that was that. For a while, anyway. During a later tour, drummer Charles Layton was driving the van and I was sitting in the front passenger seat. On journeys like these Charlie would often plant little seeds of ideas into my mind, knowing that I would go away, think about it, and then return with some kind of master plan.

      “You should release a compilation of Bond songs,” he declared. And that was all that he needed to say, really. Most of the themes from the Bond films would effortlessly feature in a list of my favourite ever pieces of music, so I was never not going to be excited by the idea of re-imaginings of twenty of them! One of the defining moments of my career was when I per-formed with the BBC Big Band in 2009 and got to meet Derek Watkins, who had played the lead trumpet on every single one of the Bond themes up until his death in 2013. And then came another idea. Each of the artists on this proposed compilation would be required to have a physical connection to Cinerama or The Wedding Present. I liked the unifying feel of that. I suppose it appealed to the collector in me. None of the artists I approached asked for payment for their track and so the obvious thing to do was to make this a benefit album. The ‘CALM’ organisation was suggested to me as a charity that’s doing great work and, af-ter we’d heard more, we were keen to support it. Throw in a beautiful sleeve design and here, seven years after that fateful sound check in Auckland, you have The Wedding Pre-sent... and their lovely friends... saluting the astounding music of Bond. James Bond.”.

      The Wedding Present are a band that have always been keen to explore new ways to showcase their music but this album also serves as a fascinating insight into the strength and diversity of the musicians that have been members... as well as revealing their favourite Bond tunes! In addition to the expected contributions from Cinerama and The Wedding Present, the album features a first ‘super-group’ outing for ‘Sleeper featuring David Gedge’ and also a solo rendition of Louis Armstrong’s classic ‘We Have All The Time In The World’ by David himself. There's also, potentially, the first-ever Ukrainian-language cover of a Madonna track!

      TRACK LISTING

      View To A Kill - Terry De Castro
      James Bond Theme - The Sleazoids
      Live And Let Die - The Donalds
      Nobody Does It Better - Samuel Beer-Pearce
      Die Another Day - The Ukrainians
      You Only Live Twice - The Wedding Present
      The World Is Not Enough - Maria Scaroni
      For Your Eyes Only - Klee
      Skyfall - Such Small Hands
      Goldfinger - Simone White
      Diamonds Are Forever - Cinerama
      Thunderball - The Legendary Len Liggins
      On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - Shaun Charman
      Goldeneye - Follow The Moths
      Tomorrow Never Dies - Danielle Wadey & Charles Layton
      Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Sleeper Featuring David Lewis Gedge
      We Have All The Time In The World - David Lewis Gedge
      The Man With The Golden Gun - Jetstream Pony
      All Time High - Minitel
      From Russia With Love - Graeme Ramsay


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