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Sunday, 30 May 2010


1. Ashamed - Muse

Early B-side from Devon's soon to be huge prog-rock behemoths' Top 30 single 'Sunburn'. The track has historic status as one of the eleven tracks on Muse's original demo cassette, albeit in rough demo form.

2. Valley - Doves

Another early B-side, this one from Doves' Top 40 hit Catch The Sun. This has showed up since on their 2003 B Side compilation 'Lost Sides'.

3. Supersonic Waves (Coke N Smoke) (Syntax Vox Mix) - Regular Fries Feat Kool Keith

Just known as Coke N Smoke on the album 'War On Plastic Plants', the slight alteration of the title to Supersonic Waves (Coke N Smoke) was presumably to avoid any controversy. They needn't have bothered - much like all this underrated psych-space rock band's releases, this single was ignored by the public despite featuring legendary Ultramagnetic MCs rapper Kool Keith and a remix from Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield. This remix, by Syntax, is exclusive to this CD and remains so to this day.

4. Get Enuff (Radio Edit) - Wookie

A preview of rising garage star's follow up single to the Top 10 hit 'Battle'. The single, and self-titled album, failed to crack the Top 75 resulting in Wookie retreating back to the underground.

5. Open The Airwaves - Lowgold

A preview of Indie next-big-things' album Just Backward Of Square. Despite Top 40 success for the album, the St Albans band soon faded into obscurity although have managed to release three more albums.

6. Delinquency - V-Twin

Preview of this single and the album Free The Twin. This leftfield big-beat is notable for it's Jagz Kooner production.

7. Poke 'Er 'Ole - Add N To [X]

Preview of Mute post-rock electronic signings' fourth album 'Add Insult To Injury'

8. Song 1 - David Holmes

Not just an exclusive - a "World Exclusive" for Select according to the sleeve notes. It's worth the boast; DJ Holmes' Bow Down To The Exit Sign was one of the critical successes of 2000 and, when he's not raking in the royalties from his numerous film soundtracks, arguably the peak of his career, so this was a coup. It's an out-take from the Bow Down sessions and remains unreleased anuwhere else to this day.

9. We Dug A Hole - Kathryn Williams

A straight lift from Williams' Mercury Music prize nominated alt-folk album Little Black Numbers.

10. Oxygen (Original Demo Version) - JJ72

Briefly the band most-likely-to, JJ72 scored 3 Top 40 hits from their Gold eponymous debut, including this, their most well known track. This demo is exclusive to this release.

11. Mark David Chapman - ...And You Wil Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead

Intense art-rock from Texas. This is taken from the previous year's 'Madonna' album and predates the universal critical acclaim that was to come with the 'Sources, Tags & Codes' album a year later.

12. Ubik (The Breakz) (Original Mix) - Timo Maas

Ubik was released on the Perfecto label shortly after Maas' remix of Azzido Da Bass' 'Dooms' Night' propelled him to mainstream success. This version was released on the single.

13. Club News - Chris Morris' Blue Jam

Post-The Day Today and Brass Eye, Blue Jam was Chris Morris' dark and uncompromising radio sketch series. Although only broadcast in the early hours on Radio 1, it gained a huge cult following and a compilation of sketches was picked up for album release by Warp Records. An equally surreal TV series, Jam, followed.

14. Da Virus (Latin 2-Step Mix) - Stanton Warriors

Remix of then-current 12" single from now internationally renowned breakbeat duo.

15. Eyeless - Slipknot

Slipknot's iconic debut was released in the summer of 1999; the fact that tracks from the album were still being issued on these CDs over a year later shows how ubiquitious they were on the nu-metal and alternative scene.

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