Fuzzkill Records were undoubtedly the stand out DIY label of 2014. Honcho Ross Keppie’s dedication to his label roster, not to mention dozens around the country is as passionate as you are likely to encounter.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Fuzzkill put together a compilation of love song covers by some of the countries most kaleidoscopic bands. The mixtape was released on limited cassette on the 14th February, with all profits going to the Greater Maryhill Foodbank and CLAN Cancer Support. You can purchase here: fuzzkillrecords.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-covers
I don’t really know where to begin. I suppose you don’t really come across covers compilations too often, but this one is probably the best you are going to listen to. Aside from the fact that it doesn’t sound like some slapdash demo, but a really inspiring, succinct and well thought out catalogue, it also has some stand out songs.
Highlights include Bite’s Donna Summer cover of ‘I Feel Love’, Froth’s cover of The Turtle ‘Happy Together’ and Fruit Tone’s cover of ‘Tears On My Pillow’ – in fact this track alone is worth spending a fiver. This may all change by next week as from start to finish this defecates entirely over any compilation in the mainstream charts over X number of years.
Occasional surprises like these show that popular music isn’t under threat in the saturation of prosthetic songs (the ones that take about 8 songwriters to achieve) and despite these being covers, the originality and talent of this group is entirely satisfying.