You might not have heard of Moshi Moshi records, but you will have definitely heard of some of their signings. Having released music from the likes of Bloc Party, The Rakes and Kate Nash, they have dealt with much of today’s indie royalty. However, as a self-proclaimed “premier tastemaker label”, it is the record’s diverse range of lesser-known artists which take the limelight on their second Singles Club compilation release, regardless of the somewhat pointless inclusion of Florence and The Machine’s ‘Kiss With a Fist’ and ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ from future hit-makers The Drums, which anyone who hasn’t been living under a firmly music-proof rock should be familiar with by now.
As the first lesser-known track, it is James Yuill’s ‘No Pins Allowed’ which opens the album in earnest. True to much of the rest of the album, it is also devilishly difficult to pigeon-hole to a genre, starting off as a charming but fairly unsurprising pop song before being swept away by a wave of wall-crumbling electro. Indeed, Singles Club Volume Two has it all, from sunny Norwegian electro from Casiokids to anthemic, The National-esque indie folk in the form of the brilliant ‘Drowning Men’ from Fanfarlo and the excellent mystical lo-fi beach party comedown of Summer Camp’s ‘Ghost Train’.
At the other end of the spectrum, the record’s more straightforward pop tracks, such as Bless Beats’ ‘Sex in the City’ and The Cocknbullkid’s ‘I’m Not Sorry’ would be guilty pleasures, if they weren’t intelligent and non-commercial enough to make them legitimate highlights. But of course, with a compilation so eclectic, there are inevitably weaker tracks. For two examples, Diskjokke’s ‘Rosenrod’ is disappointingly bland, and ‘Swinging Party’ from Kindness is little more than a far more boring LCD Soundsystem.
Despite being weighed down by some dead weight though, Singles Club Volume Two possesses some great tracks which truly shine on their own, from some great artists with great potential. Whether they are the next wave of breakthrough artists or not, it can only be hoped that this compilation provides the platform they need to reach success, or at least wider recognition.
Moshi Moshi Singles Club is out now on Moshi Moshi. You can view the video for Summer Camp’s ‘Ghost Train’ below.