Available now: 15 YEARS OF BELLA UNION RECORDS

15 years of Bella Union Records, a special compilation in conjunction with Rough Trade, is available in our store now.

The tracklist is below:

CD One

1. M Ward – Primitive Girl
2. Veronica Falls – Stephen
3. Wild Nothing – Shadow
4. Beach House – Lover Of Mine
5. Andrew Bird – Effigy
6. Laura Veirs – July Flame
7. Fleet Foxes – Montezuma
8. The Acorn – Crooked Legs
9. John Grant – TC & Honeybear
10. Stephanie Dosen – Vinalhaven Harbor
11. Explosions In The Sky – Your Hand in Mine
12. Hannah Cohen – Don’t Say
13. Poor Moon – Holiday
14. Treefight For Sunlight – Time Stretcher
15. Vetiver – More Of This
16. Lawrence Arabia – I’ve Smoked Too Much
17. Cashier no. 9 – Oh Pity
18. Marques Toliver – Magic Look

CD Two

1. Van Dyke Parks – Be Careful
2. Mountain Man – Buffalo
3. Peter Broderick – Colin
4. Midlake – The Jungler
5. I Break Horses – Hearts (RAR mix)
6. Dirty Three – Everything’s Fucked
7. My Latest Novel – Wrongfully, I Rested
8. The Czars – Goodbye
9. Our Broken Garden – The Departure
10. Lift To Experience – To Guard & To Guide You

Exclusive Bonus Tracks

11. The Walkmen – The House You Made*
12. The Low Anthem – Down There By The Train*
13. Jonathan Wilson – Journey from Eden*
14. Zun Zun Egui – Battlefield*
15. Lanterns On The Lake – Below It*
16. Father John Misty feat. Phosphorescent – I Would Love You*

Zun Zun Egui play community music workshop shows

Ever a band keen to have their music connect far and wide beyond the usual circuits, Zun Zun Egui have spent the past week undertaking a series of community music workshops with prisoners, elderly dementia patients and pupils with special needs.

Organised by Superact, a not-for-profit arts organisation that uses the arts to inspire communities and individuals, the band have visited The Verne Prison in Weymouth, Abbeyfield Care Home in Taunton and Ellen Tinkham School in Exeter, learning how to deliver bespoke music therapy workshops before meeting and working with the inmates, patients and students themselves.

The week culminates with a show at the Bikeshed Theatre in Exeter on Saturday (Sep 15) as part of Acoustica Festival, more info here. They then play a hometown show at Brisfest (Sep 22), before heading out on European tour with Dirty Three in November – full list of dates here.

Follow Zun Zun Egui’s adventures on Twitter: @zunzuneguirocks

For more info on Superact visit http://www.superact.org.uk

Alternative Mercury prizes…

Michael Hann on Zun Zun Egui’s ‘Katang’ -

If British urban music is starting to celebrate Africa in the form of Afrobeats, Zun Zun Egui showed that indie can do the same – without it being a Vampire Weekendesque appropriation of individual sounds. These Bristolians’ trick is to take African forms and turn them into art rock, rather than taking art rock and making it sound a bit African. Katang was a multilingual, polyrhythmic, insanely disparate album of breathless invention, a stylistic one-off that showed them to be the rarest of things in current UK guitar music: sui generis.

See the full list over at The Guardian.