Various BOATS

Various BOATS
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Everything is New, curated by Scottish arts community Transgressive North, is a unique outreach initiative to help feed, school and empower the 'untouchable' Dalit children of southeast India. Released as a companion piece to Scottish band Marram's benefit album Sun Choir, the 29-track compilation BOATS boasts an impressive line-up and novel approach. Pulling together royalty from both indie rock (Califone, Dan Deacon, Deerhoof, No Age) and electronic (Four Tet, Gang Gang Dance, Rustie, YACHT), each track on BOATS is made up of samples from Dalit's Light of Love Children's Choir. Stacked with truly mesmerizing and inventive material from Bear in Heaven, El Guincho, Max Tundra and Taken by Trees, it's many of the up-and-comers (Matthewdavid, Physical Forms, Sun Airway, White Hinterland) that take these jubilant samples and best make them their own. With comparisons to 2009's indie benefit album Dark Was the Night bound to arise, the fascination of BOATS stems not just from its all-star cast but it's pure ingenuity, listenability and overall concept. (Transgressive North)