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various / fire records - Children Are Fascinated By Fire v1.2 (Boomkat Exclusive)
Fire Records was formed by artist manager Clive Solomon in the mid 80s, and in the ten years that followed established itself as one of the most influential labels around. Apart from laying claim to such bands as Teenage Fanclub, Spacemen 3 (now Spiritualized), Blue Aeroplanes, Television Personalities, The Pastels, Telstar Ponies, Urge Overkill, The Lemonheads and Pulp, Solomon managed to employ the A&R talents of one Lawrence Bell, the man who would go on to form Domino Records. When they re-launched a few years back then there was much anticipation and speculation as to whether Solomon would be able to 'do it again', but with releases from the great Bark Psychosis and Scottish duo Tells under their belt they have again established themselves as one of the UKs most uncompromising independents. This absolutely gigantic (and brilliantly low priced) sampler rounds up just about all you need to know about Fire Records right now, and gives you a who's who of the label. Many of the names will be no doubt be new to you, but with shining lights such as Various Production (who weigh in with a killer remix of Puerto Muerto's 'Boy'), Viking Moses and the aforementioned Bark Psychosis in there that should justifythe asking price alone! Thankfully, the lesser known names are just as good company - the compilation kicks off in fact with a breathtaking slice of nu-gaze from HTRK in the shape of 'Look Down the Line', a near 7 minute masterclass into dream pop, updated for a post millennium generation. Elsewhere we have the doomed folk of Gerry Mitchell & Little Sparta, the crumbling spoken word oddness of Tenebrous Mitchell, the low slung doom 'n bass of Sphyr, the gorgeous organ-led intensity of David Hurn - there's practically too much goodness to list in fact, but with twenty two tracks (!) you're sure to find more than enough to grab hold of within this plethora of musical excellence. Huge recommendation...