Whatever your feeling towards compilation albums – and for a lot of people, those sentiments will be based on the simmering resentment of having to pretend to like the ‘Now that’s what I call Music!’ series following several years of getting a copy through distant relatives for Christmas as ‘You’re in to music, aren’t you?’ – there’s little that can beat the sense of adventure when you chance upon a good one. Melodic records have spent the past couple of weeks putting together their own little number. Rather than having to grimace as you unwrap that familiar, useless CD, it’s a free download made up of 14 tracks by new bands that you probably won’t hate/should love
It’s going to be a regular thing apparently, but for the meantime, it’s best to simply imbibe this for an hour or so as the listings float from Patterns to Jewellers, ebbing from Temple Songs to The Bell Peppers and finishing up on an ambient The Louche FC/Ghost Outfit/Dark Dark Dark VS. Tom Inhaler triple bill. Loads better than what is essentially a Capitol Radio playlist from three months ago priced at £15.99.