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Bleep's Guide To Independent Music
Various Artists
Bleep's Guide To Independent Music
Cat. No.
Release Date
August 2013
41 Clips

Bleep’s Guide to British Independent Music compiles some of the best and most influential moments in the history of British independents. The focus of this compilation is largely on the labels and musicians who have recorded and sold music through independent means or have showed a particularly independent spirit in the way their music is released. At the heart of our story are the the biggest independent labels of the last 50 years: Beggars Banquet, Rough Trade, Domino, Ninja Tune, XL Recordings, Mute, 4AD and of course, Warp.

It should be noted that the narrative we have here is not intended as a completely comprehensive guide to every single aspect of British independent music. We acknowledge that there are gaps - our story starts just on the brink of the ‘60s, while British folk music, very early electronic music, and British reggae, dub and sound system culture are perhaps not given all the attention they merit. Bleep’s guide is one that is tied to our history as a company and the kind of labels, artists and movements that have been most influential in our development. There is also a greater focus on artists and labels who have achieved great commercial success and influence despite – or perhaps because of – the fact they are operating outside the major label system. Our track selection also contains a hefty amount of music from the last ten to twenty years, showing just how alive and kicking the spirit of independent British music continues to be.

All MP3s and FLACs come with original artwork and year of release. All purchases come with accompanying PDF sleevenotes. Available for a limited period only.

This compilation developed out of a project to create a Facebook timeline charting the development of British independent music.

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  1. 1 Summertime Liberace
  2. 2 I Hear A New World Joe Meek
  3. 3 Are 'Friends' Electric? (Early Version) Gary Numan
  4. 4 Beachy Head Throbbing Gristle
  5. 5 Messthetics Scritti Politti
  6. 6 Throwing Out My Baby With The Bath Water Tenpole Tudor
  7. 7 Wax and Wane Cocteau Twins
  8. 8 Eat Y'self Fitter The Fall
  9. 9 Track With No Name Forgemasters
  10. 10 LFO LFO
  11. 11 The Way Will Be Opening Stereolab
  12. 12 On Aphex Twin
  13. 13 Valley Of The Shadows Origin Unknown
  14. 14 Harmonics Kenny Larkin
  15. 15 Their Law The Prodigy
  16. 16 Night Rider Cabaret Voltaire
  17. 17 Atomic Moog Coldcut
  18. 18 RIP Groove Double 99
  19. 19 Happy Cycling (John Peel Session) Boards of Canada
  20. 20 Hayling FC Kahuna
  21. 21 Do It Proper (Justin Robertson Remix) Chicken Lips
  22. 22 L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches Jean-Claude Vannier
  23. 23 Melodies and Memories Vector Lovers
  24. 24 When The Sun Goes Down Arctic Monkeys
  25. 25 Do Nah Bodda Mi Roots Manuva
  26. 26 Surf Solar Fuck Buttons
  27. 27 Call On Me Andy Bell
  28. 28 Vanghoma Shangaan Electro
  29. 29 Void 23 (Carl Craig Re-Edit) Ramadanman & Appleblim
  30. 30 Lotus Flower Radiohead
  31. 31 Numbers In Action Wiley
  32. 32 Touch Holy Other
  33. 33 Pyramid Four Tet
  34. 34 That's That Doom
  35. 35 Unlike Me Zinc
  36. 36 Heathen Child (Andrew Weatherall) Grinderman
  37. 37 Tribal Mala
  38. 38 Studio 3 Karenn
  39. 39 This Foundry (Regis Remix) Raime
  40. 40 Blackpool Late Eighties Holden
  41. 41 POC µ-Ziq


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