And what a year it was for the Young Turks label: 2014 saw immense success for SBTRKT, Jamie xx and (especially) FKA twigs, and this nice little vinyl release grants you rare and/or unreleased tracks from all these artists and more! Works well as either a memento or an introduction to the work of these Young Turks.
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Whereas my 2014 could be described as truly pathetic, Young Turks had a whale of a time, partying late into the night every night, celebrating a myriad of successful new artists raking in the dollar and plotting getaway holidays to the Caribbean. To celebrate even further they’ve released this nice LP which contains two tracks each from Sampha, SBTRKT, Quirke, Jamie XX and FKA Twigs.
A quick flick through reveals that Sampha straddles the line between soulful Stevie Wonder balladeer and The Voice hopeful, SBTRKT’s girl has got a city to run so he has plenty of time to create limp tech house. The previously unheard by me Quirke certainly liven things up with some pounding staccato tech-tronica which is probably the best thing here until you get to JAMIE XX’s ‘Girl’ which has to be one of the dancefloor pounders of the year, out Caribou-ing Caribou at his own game. If I ever left the house I’d really like to dance to this - maybe that’s something for me to achieve in 2015. Finally my mate Greg at the football reckons FKA Twigs is pretty decent so I’m taking his word for it. On the B side they do the whole thing again with different tracks by the same artists.
8/10 hotdingbevb Customer review, 27th March 2015
At 64 I enjoy collecting vinyl records; they're tactile, carry weight and are nostalgic. Nostalgic does not always mean 'from my youth', it means, I get memories when I look at them, read the covers and play them, something I do not get from CD's.
I came across FKA Twigs by accident and instantly liked her. I then set about trying to find her other works and was able to get hold of EP2 and LP1. To me she is the sound of the future, which I hope will take us away from Hip Hop and Rap (should be spelled Rap*). Also, while looking for her vinyl releases, I came across ‘Young Turks 2014’, a compilation of various Young Turk releases for that year. It’s a diverse range of music styles of young artists signed to Young Turks, each has 1 song of theirs on the ‘A Side’ and a 7” vinyl release of theirs on the ‘B Side’. Not all the styles were 100% to my liking, but the chance to listen to new artists and their styles was. I really enjoyed listening to them and I’m seriously thinking about buying 2015 and so on, just to see what I’ve missed from that year. I may never become a fan of all the artists, but I will have heard their styles.
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