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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

      The Wedding Present

      Jump In, The Water’s Fine

        Set to be a collector’s item, the single is available on 7” and limited edition 10” picture disc – the band’s first! – including specially commissioned artwork by Darren Hayman (Hefner). Co-written by David Gedge and new guitarist Danielle Wadey – she was previously the band’s bass player – both tracks were recorded at the legendary Monnow Valley studios in Wales under the watchful eye of multi-Grammy award winning producer Andrew Scheps and engineer Matt Glasbey.

        Opening with squalls of feedback, ‘Jump In, The Water's Fine’ is an epic tale with trademark whirlwind Wedding Present guitar and a deceptively sweet melody. “Danielle came up with the solo bass part after I said I wanted to do a song that was ‘bass-driven’ and it just got fatter and heavier! We also now have three vocalists in the band so we used the opportunity to experiment with some a cappella singing, too,” says David.

        B-side ‘Panama’, is a frenetic slice of indie-pop, where ferocious guitars and heavy drums collide with honest lyrics about love and friendship. Of the recording, David adds, “As well as including one of my favourite palindromes, ‘Panama’ references‘Earthrise’, the iconic photograph of Earth taken by astronaut Bill Anders (during the Apollo 8 mission) on Christmas Eve, 1968. We decided to incorporate samples of the astronauts talking to Mission Control.”

        Rather surprisingly, this is The Wedding Present’s first ever picture disc. Close friend to the band Darren Hayman (Hefner, The French, etc.) was commissioned to do the artwork but his paintings were so impressive that the band decided that the time was right to embrace what is a new format for them. “It’s only taken us thirty-something years to get around to it!” says David. From their C86 roots in the mid-80s, John Peel favourites The Wedding Present have gone on to become one of the UK’s most loved bands, charting no less than 18 Top 40 hit singles. Emerging from Leeds with the classic debut album ‘George Best’ in 1987, The Wedding Present built a reputation for blending bittersweet love stories with everyday mundanity, set against a backdrop of heavy distortion and exquisite indie-pop.

        In 2016, The Wedding Present released their ninth studio album, ‘Going, Going...’, which featured references to Gedge's previous work, including self-referential lyrical moments and has been described as his masterpiece. Loosely based on a road trip across the U.S.A., the double LP was described by Louder Than War as “A remarkable album. A joy from start to finish." The same year, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, ‘George Best’, The Wedding Present released ‘George Best 30’. This album featured brand new versions of the original twelve songs recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Andrew Scheps. 2017 also saw the publication (by Red Planet) of ‘Sometimes These Words Just Don't Have To Be Said’ – a 450 page 'fanthology' of the band.

        In 2018, KneejerkFilm released ‘Something Left Behind’ – a feature length documentary telling the story of the ‘George Best’ album. The film, which featured interviews with all four original band members and was produced and directed by Andrew Jezard, has appeared at several film festivals.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Jump In, The Water’s Fine
        2. Panama 

        The Golden Age Of TV / Engine

        Television / And I Say

          Having only formed a little over year ago, Leeds quintet The Golden Age of TV have already made a huge impression with their razor sharp, whip smart and perfectly crafted indie pop. With only three singles to their name so far, they have quickly been turning heads and already gaining support from Radio 1 with Huw Stephens playing every song so far, 6 Music, Radio X, The 405, DIY and Clash as well as performances at Reading & Leeds and with bands like Fickle Friends, Toothless & Alex Cameron.

          Talking about their new single, the bands singer Bea Fletcher explains: "Television is a tune that's been with us for a very long time. It's our thrashy baby and it's developed alongside us as we've matured, whether that's been by expanding our sonic arsenal with new bits of gear or just honing our writing ability. This has always been one of our favourite tunes to play live because its our chance to just cut loose and go mad. We've closed just about every set we've played with Television and now we feel it's finally at a point to be presented on record."

          Joining The Golden Age of TV will be electropop quartet ENGINE. Surfing in from the outer rim of Burley and noisily settling on the Meanwood Nebula, ENGINE continue to blaze an individual DIY trail in Leeds. The group combines sampled psychedelics with introverted song-writing of a bygone era. With their recent debut album Cucumber Water now and an ever growing live reputation including support slots with Connan Mockasin, Infinite Bisous and C Duncan under their belts, ENGINE have moved forward with the driving, infectious, electronic groove ridden new flawless pop song ‘And I Say’.

          The bands singer James, explains: 'And I Say was conceived, written and recorded in the psychedelic surroundings of Haddon Hall in Burley, Leeds, looking out from the terrace across the great haze of Armley. The boys were inspired to write a track telling of the stresses and strains of maintaining independence, attempting to traverse the tightrope of life whilst not falling back into the same old unwanted relationships. The sounds were to be found in the dustiest cavities of the once opulent surroundings of Haddon Hall, down the sofa, under the bed and in the shower!'

          Both bands will be heading to London alongside CPWM alumni Team Picture on the 27th of July for a show at the Camden Assembly as Come Play With Me host a show with War Child UK as part of a series of shows run in conjunction with exciting new labels in the UK.

          After the success of ‘Come Play’ a collection of 26 tracks, re-workings and remixes from some of West Yorkshires best artists which featured Wild Beasts, Napoleon IIIrd and The Wedding Present at the end of 2017, and singles from the likes of Harkin (Sleater Kinney, Wild Beasts), ZoZo, Magic Mountain (Members of Pulled Apart By Horses, Grammatics & Menace Beach), Fizzy Blood, Team Picture and Her Name is Calla among many others, CPWM will release 6 split 7”s as well as a number of full length releases throughout 2018.

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Television
          AA. And I Say


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