Various Artists – Dance To The Radio: What We All Want

Opened for business a year ago by ¡Forward, Russia! Frontman Whiskas, Dance To The Radio is a label that aims to bring the best in Leeds-based music to the wider public’s attention. In the case of most other British cities that would mean a couple of okay bands would be propped up by some ropey sixth form bands recorded in a cupboard. However, it seems that DTTR might be struggling to bring every great band they could to the fore.

This is the second compilation from the label and features 22 tracks, which are, on the whole, brilliant. The ones that aren’t are simply just not to my taste and couldn’t be described as filler.

Largely made up of bands working the commercial and not so commercial ends of the indie market there are also a few curveballs thrown in here, for example hip hop from Yes Boss and Whores Whores Whores, who I can only think to describe as a hardcore version of Franz Ferdinand.

Other great contributions come from Napoleon IIIrd, Tera:Tora, This Et Al, ¡Forward, Russia!, iLiKETRAiNS and O Fracas.

If you have any doubts about the state of UK independent music then you need to check this out.

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  • Label: Dance To The Radio
    Release date: 27th February 2006


    1. We Start Fires – Hot Metal
    2. The Pigeon Detectives – I’m Always Right
    3. Shut Your Eyes And You’ll Burst Into Flames – Amputee Smile
    4. Napoleon IIIrd – The Conformist Takes All
    5. Kubichek! – That Pop Carry On
    6. Yes Boss ft. Witty & Nasty Boi – Meet The Boss
    7. Tera:Tora – Make Up
    8. Whores Whores Whores – Limited Edition Yoghurt
    9. This Et Al – The Loveliest Alarm
    10. The Playmates – The Bill
    11. ¡Forward, Russia! – Two
    12. Samsa – First, The Lights
    13. Snow White – Stop Anything
    14. iLiKETRAiNS – The Beeching Report
    15. O Fracas – John Roland Told Us
    16. Voltage Union – Seaside
    17. Dead Disco – City Place
    18. Komakino – Innocent Child
    19. The Lucinda Console – Come Down Captain
    20. Bam Bam Francs – Bam Bam You’re Dead
    21. The Lodger – You Got Me Wrong
    22. redcarsgofaster – The Pragmatist

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