Title: Foof Yourself: Vol. 1
Artist
: Various
Release Date: 18 Jan 2014
Genre: Various
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Label: Foof Records

Foof Records is a new label on the scene, producing magnificent soul, R&B, and rock music. It may seem a bit strange that after only six months of formally releasing recordings they have decided to release a compilation. ¬†However, this decision was a really good one as it really is a showcase for what they have managed to accomplish in a very short period of time. ¬†Foof’s¬†soul, R&B, and rock is magnificent listening.

Normally I include compilations in my netlabel showcase articles.  However, this one I felt was deserving of a bit more than just a paragraph or two crammed between other releases.

This release really pulls out the full range of musical styles their artists have produced thus far from A Blossom Fell’s soulful R&B / doo-wop, to the thick guitar textures of Devil Say Dance, and the IDM / house style of Solonaut there is a range of styles that surely everyone can find one or two artists that they like.

In fact, I would say that I like nearly all of the release, with the exception of the Solonaut works. ¬†As always, I am not a huge fan of most house music, and Solonaut is right on the edge here, and seems somewhat out of place with the rest of the driving rock, pop, disco and R&B on this release. ¬†However, the the track ‘The Commuters’ is quite interesting for the reading of Louise Fazackerly’s poem of the same name. ¬†I think I could listen to Louise reading her poetry for hours.

But, according to the liner notes included with this release, Solonaut doesn’t have an allegiance to any one style. ¬†I hope to hear other styles of work from this artist in the future because while these tracks are not in my typical listening range, I do realize that they are extremely well arranged and produced. ¬†So Solonaut does show the mark of an interesting artist.

So, Foof records has formed with a mission: to join the new generation of music labels that does not tie itself to the revenue stream from the studio recordings produced by their artists. ¬†Instead they are more interested in motivating their audience to go out and listen to these artists live. ¬†While Foof is still a young label, they are starting off on a very positive footing: putting their artists in the hands of their audience. ¬†I’m sure over time as Foof matures, they will find more ways to build a revenue stream and support their artists. ¬†Here’s more power to them sticking to their ideals and finding ways to make their concepts work because right now they appear to be building an excellent stable of artists.

So, I was trying to decide if I had one or two tracks from this release that I could say were my favorites. ¬†Honestly, all the work presented on this release is very strong. ¬†It would be impossible to pick one or two out of the thirteen tracks on this release. ¬†Instead it’s just best to sit back, listen to the whole thing, and then grab the releases from the artists that interest you the most. ¬†Personally, I’m going to get all of them (even the Solonaut).

Foof Yourself: Vol. 1

Free / Donation
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Posted by George De Bruin