Various Artists - Moshi Moshi Singles Club Vol. 2
Singles clubs have always been an exciting proposition. Join up and receive 7 inch records full of exciting new music, sounds you never would have heard otherwise, and in recent years the entire concept has been resurrected with Sub Pop bringing their series back to life and here the brilliant Moshi Moshi starting their own. In the past they’ve featured acts which have gone on to great things like Kate Nash and Friendly Fires, but with this their second volume of singles will there be the same high quality hit-rate as before?
Kicking things off are the unmistakable wails of Florence & the Machine, her quite frankly average first single ‘Kiss With a Fist’ being probably the most well known track here. Elsewhere, the electro-folk of James Yuill livens things up a bit with ‘No Pins Allowed’, while the upbeat and twee-sounding Still Flyin keeps everything in a tip-top mood.
Nu-folksters Fanfarlo make an appearance with the piano-driven ‘Drowning Men’ replete with pretty strings and a song that is far better than any of their most recently released singles. Electronica is represented well here with the techno leanings of ‘Rosenrod’ by Diskjokke, and there’s even a track from the much hyped The Drums, ‘Lets Go Surfing’ being a prime slice of slightly Beach Boys sounding indie-pop, propelled by a solid rhythm section.
While not featuring the some quantity of big-hitters that the previous volume contained (Lykke Li, Late of the Pier and Matt & Kim to name a few), this is still a good compilation of some of the most intriguing acts around at the moment. Maybe the acts that Moshi Moshi have got together for this disc will the slow-burners rather than the instant hits.