Rough Trade Shops Primavera Sound (Album Review)

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With festival season ramping up, and the British weather teasing us with the hope of summer, here at Vulture Hound we were delighted to receive Rough Trade Records ‘Primavera Sound 2014’. This is the first compilation album the team have produced, and showcases the best music from this year’s festival in Barcelona. As a souvenir of the festival this album is second to none. For those of us unable to attend (although after listening to the album we’re bloody tempted), this is the next best thing.

Featuring songs from a wide range of artists there is literally something for everyone. Whether you like the best in modern pop and rock, or underground dance music, this is the soundtrack to your summer. The second cd is definitely the stronger of the 2, including rockier, and edgier numbers from big names such as Mogwai, Neutral Milk Hotel, the retro grace of Temples, Volcano Choir (an act including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver) and the always epic Pixies. Don’t neglect the first half of the record though, as there are gems here from psychedelic rockers Midlake, funk-soul maestro Charles Bradley and electronic from the amazingly named III (Chk Chk Chk).

With such a diverse mix of artists featured, it’s impressive how well the album flows. One moment you find yourself chillaxing by the sea, the next you’re swaying your hips with flowers in your hair before jumping about like a mad thing. The only minor flaw to ‘Primavera Sound 2014’ is that there are a few noticeable omissions from the track listing. With superstars such as Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire and modern day heroes Chvrches on the Primavera Festival bill, it’s a pity not to see them represented on the accompanying album. Although to turn that opinion on its head, it’s nice to see some smaller bands getting the chance to be showcased, rather than simply focusing on the more established acts. And at the end of the day that is what Rough Trade Records are all about, after all.

Rough Trade Records ‘Primavera Sound 2014’ takes you away to a chilled out hot summers day, you can almost feel the sand under your toes as you close your eyes and listen. In the ‘Now That’s What I call…’ dominated compilations market its unlikely to make much of a dent, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Whether you’re in bed with a hangover, gearing up for a holiday or just want to hear some damn good music; this is the album for you.

You can pick up a copy of Rough Trade Records ‘Primavera Sound 2014’ from the festival or online.