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August '10

Album review - Various Artists/Young & Lost Club Compilation

Young & Lost Club Compilation
Various Artists
Young And Lost Club
A mighty fine compilation of singles released by the rather wonderful Young & Lost Club
Since gravitating towards each other whilst at boarding school together, Nadia Dahlawi and Sara Jade have worked in tandem creating a considerable indie music legacy. Whilst still at boarding school, the pair started up a fanzine called Pyrrha which they created illicitly with the help of a staff room photocopier. The fanzine counted amongst its contributors none other than Mr. Peter Doherty and found itself championed by XFM's musical guru John Kennedy.

The girls went on to DJ and host various successful indie nights around London, before reaching the natural conclusion that they should start their own record label; Young & Lost Club was born. As starts go, Y&LC's was pretty good, with Vincent Vincent and the Villains choosing the label to release their double A-side single Blue Boy/The Boy Who Killed Time, the label's first ever release.

Since then, Y&LC has gone from strength to strength and this year celebrates its fifth birthday. This mammoth 35 track compilation is released to mark that landmark anniversary and features tracks released through the label, including the aforementioned Blue Boy and The Boy Who Killed Time as well as I'm Alive by Vincent Vincent and the Villains, 2 Bodies 1 Heart, Blue Skies and Five Years Time by Noah and the Whale, One Week of Danger by The Virgins, MY KYZ UR BF by Everything Everything, Small Town Girl by Good Shoes, Mary Jane and Animator by Pull Tiger Tail, Dance the Way I Feel by Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Evening/Morning by Bombay Bicycle Club and Lucio Starts Fires by (currently 'absent') Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong.

The strength of this compilation and the plethora of great artists it features is testament to the genuine pedigree of Young & Lost Club and what Dahlawi and Jade have achieved with its creation. A very good compilation indeed.

Philip Goodfellow