- Audio CD (4 July 2008)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD
- Label: Independents Day Recordings
- ASIN: B001ASVAMI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,413 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Futureheads - With Every Heartbeat (originally recorded by Robyn)|
|2. Infadels - Steady As She Goes (originally recorded by The Raconteurs|
|3. Jack Penate - Dub Be Good To Me (originally recorded by Beats International)|
|4. Prodigy - Ghost Town (originally recorded by The Specials)|
|5. Feeder - Public Image (originally recorded by PIL)|
|6. Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto - Temptation (originally recorded by Heaven 17)|
|7. The Charlatans - Murder (originally recorded by New Order)|
|8. Cribs - Bastards Of Young (originally recorded by The Replacements)|
|9. Tom Smith from Editors - Bonny (originally recorded by Prefab Sprout)|
|10. Maximo Park - Was There Anything I Can Do? (Originally recorded by Go Betweens)|
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|1. Basia Bullit - In The Night (recommended by Rough Trade)|
|2. Thomas Tantrum - Swan Lake (recommended by Futureheads)|
|3. A Human - Black Moon (recommended by the Infadels)|
|4. Sixteen Layers - Torch (recommended by Embryonic Music)|
|5. Jose James & Flying Lotus - Visions of Violet (recommended by Gilles Peterson)|
|6. Bang Bangs - In Arms (recommended by Feeder)|
|7. Laura Groves - I am Leaving (Recommended by XL)|
|8. Electricity In Our Homes - We Thought It Was But It Wasn't (recommended by Charlatans)|
|9. Goose - Black Glove (Recommended by Norman Cook)|
|10. Shrag - Long Term Monster (recommended by The Cribs)|
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Independents Day 08 is all about the artists making music for the love, not the money. There are some big names on the disc, but they're taking part to support and recommend others. Not many CD inlays feature a full paragraph of impassioned pleas not to copy the CD and a sensible explanation with it.
CD one features established names covering independent artists. Highlights include Jose Gonzalez doing Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart and the unlikely but brilliant partnership of Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto on Heaven 17's Temptation.
Honourable mentions go to Rodrigo Y Gabriela's unexpected flamenco guitar version of Metallica's Orion, and The Futureheads again proving their knack for girly covers with a cracking reworking of Robyn's With Every Heartbeat.
On the flipside, Devendra Banhart's folky, alternative Oasis interpretation is virtually unrecognisable from the original and who knows what Beats International will make of Jack Penate's high-pitched-yet-funky cover of Dub Be Good To Me.
CD two is comprised of independent artists recommended by the big names. Highlights are plentiful: Jose Gonzalez's favourite, Little Dragon, are a more together Amy Winehouse. Dance supremo Gilles Peterson's surprising RnB choice, Jose James & Flying Lotus, is sexy like D'Angelo, and Rough Trade were right to recommend Basia Bulat - imagine Paula Cole in the Ting Tings, if you can.
Mobius Band, The Tenderfoot, Goose, Oceansize, Sixteen Layers, Cougar and A. Human also score highly. Plus, all involved have chosen to donate the album royalties to two worthy charities, CALM and MBF.
The only problem with an album like this (and let's face it, they don't come along often enough) is that there genuinely are too many good tracks, by too many independent artists that need recognition, to highlight in one review. The solution? Buy it. --Sophie Bruce
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