Various Artists – Quompilation #1
You know what was missing from Adebisi Shank’s second album? You weren’t about to guess vocals there, were you? But that’s just what Squarehead have done on the opening track on the first ever Quompilation from Quarter Inch Collective. It contains 12 tracks selected by 13 Irish bands as their favourites of 2010, and is a fantastically diverse collection of tunes.
Not all of them are winners, sure, but this album is worth the purchase for Squarehead’s wordy take on ‘(-_-)’ by Adebisi Shank, Cloud Castle Lake’s cover of Kanye West/Bon Iver track ‘Lost in the World’, and Kid Karate’s best song to date, a rocking version of Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’.
There are some inspired choices here ‘Leave House’ by Caribou sounds as if it was always part of the We are Losers catalogue, whereas Rihanna’s ‘Rudeboy’ is no longer recognisable as a punk-rock smash by Ginola, but then you get Spies playing ‘Terrible Love’ by the National in an almost note-perfect rendition.
Compilations are always mixed affairs, they never really quite blow you away. With such a diverse selection of bands, genres, and covers, you’d expect this to suffer the same fate, but amazingly it’s better than most other mixes. The songs chosen have been given the respect they deserve (such as Flok’s floaty recording of Angkorwat’s ‘Gatecrasher’), and as a result, stand up to repeated listens.
An impressive first outing from Quarter Inch Collective and their menagerie of bands. It’ll be very difficult to follow this up with act two.