There is an eerie prescience surrounding the release of this installment of Amazon's regular free label sampler series. None could have predicted that, within a couple of weeks of its release, Domino - one of Britain's premier independent labels - would lose a huge chunk of their existing stock in an attack on the Sony warehouse at which it was stored.
A tragic loss for any label, but even more so when one considers the contribution Domino has made to alternative music in this country over the last two decades. From classic 80s post-punk (Orange Juice, Young Marble Giants) to American grunge heroes (Sebadoh, Pavement) to their more recent big-hitters (Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys), they have made mighty strides towards bringing interesting and brilliant sounds to these shores.
This sampler provides an excellent cross-section of Domino's output in the last couple of years, and shows that they have no intention of resting upon their well-earned laurels. Variety and invention abounds, including the aforementioned Arctic Monkeys (showcasing their more polished, rocked-up sound of latter albums), chittering glitch-funk from Four Tet, the soaring vocals and plaintive guitar of Anna Calvi, tender mellowtronica from ex-Beta Bandido Steve Mason, delicious guitar jangling courtesy of Villagers, the hyper-inventive melodies of Animal Collective...
Suffice to say, there truly is something for every listener to enjoy - from famous faces to unknown quantities, across a glorious spread of genres - and currently at a price to suit any pocket. For the sake of the label, though - and for independent music across the country - once you have found something new to love here, dip into your pocket and pay to download the album.
Independent music depends on you, now more than ever.