Moshi Moshi - Singles Club Vol 2.

Cherry picking songs is a bit of an arbitrary task because when you listen to this album you’ll find your own.

Being as scarily hip as they are, Moshi Moshi do have access to some of the hottest new talent around and as both this and ‘Volume 1’ in the series has shown, they’re unafraid of mixing it up a little. The aforementioned predecessor to this current compilation featured a pre-fame Kate Nash alongside acts as diverse as Late Of The Pier, Dananananaykroyd and rapper Dels. If we were going to be picky then we could accuse the label of show-boating their achievements but let’s be honest, with this line-up they’ve a right to.

This volume’s big success is of course Florence & The Machine, who’s ubiquity hasn’t dulled the fantastic stomp of ‘Kiss With A Fist’, but The Drums can’t be far behind now. You’ve already heard them and decided if their mix of Factory Records, C86 and The Beach Boys is the greatest thing post-sliced bread, or whether it’s insipid shit. Either way, ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ is present here.

As for the rest of the acts, unless you’ve been following the singles club then there’s probably plenty who are going to be fairly new to you. Of course Casiokids and Fanfarlo have their followings, and rightly so, for ‘Grønt lys i alle ledd’ and ‘Drowning Men’ are two of the finest tracks on this compilation. Really though, cherry picking songs from here and saying “Here, look at this one” is a bit of an arbitrary task because when you listen to this album (and you really should) you’ll find your own. That said, if you fail to notice that Still Flyin’ sound like they’re having more fun than any band ever on the recording of ‘Good Thing It’s A Ghost Town Around Here’ you are either dead inside or do not deserve your ears. Coming across like Love Is All produced by pop genius Trevor Horn it will have you bouncing.

Being such an eclectic mix there’s always going to be something that doesn’t agree and personally, we can’t say that we’re particular fans of The Cocknbullkid or Bless Beat’s tracks here. ‘I’m Not Sorry’s decent vocal is offset by a backing track dragged up from the dregs of nu-rave whilst ‘Sex In The City’ is made listenable only by the rapped sections. Nonetheless, overall this is a superb compilation, and we don’t really need to repeat how Moshi Moshi are some of the best at what they do and this is proof in album form.

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