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Boomkat Product Review:
These 17 tracks recorded by a bunch of home schooled kids (groups who didn't have access to publicists, stylists, Dance Instructors or songwriting teams) represents one of the most incredible collections of music issued by the Numero label to date and has quite simply blown us away. As usual the release has been impeccably put together, from the artwork and liner notes all the way through to the mastering and track selection, and it gives you the feeling that the people behind it have a deep love of music and an understanding of just what we, the music fans, really want. This frankly astonishing collection of work captures a wonderful naivety and musical dexterity that you will have rarely heard the likes of before, capturing the very essence of Soul music beautifully. Sitting somewhere in-between a mixtape and a historical document of a bygone era, this collection plays wonderfully from beginning to end without a dud in sight, and what's more the liner notes include detailed histories of each artist, explaining how they attempted fame and how it eventually came, more often than not, crashing down on them. None of the artists featured on this disc ever became well known but each of them adds something crucial and unique to the tale - both as a narrative and a hugely enjoyable record. Make no mistake - this isnt a collection of twee children playing their instruments badly and singing out of tune - it is an amazing musical document of astonishing music from the margins, and like The Langley Schools Music Project should really find wide critical acclaim. 'Home Schooled' is totally indispensable and without a shadow of a doubt one of our favourite compilations of the year so far. An unmissable purchase - and quite an exceptional oddity. Buy!