Compiled by Welsh music writer Kevin McGrath while recuperating from major surgery at Cardiff’s Velindre Cancer Centre, this mixtape is an appreciation and fundraiser for the NHS.
And while not exactly bursting with big names, there’s enough quality and quantity to make this worth your time.
’90s chart stars The Wedding Present are an exception, with one of their best loved tunes, ‘Brassneck’, in stripped-back but still-mighty form (an exclusive preview of an album due next year). There are several Welsh Music Prize-winners too, including the lush acoustic stylings of Boy Azooga, and Adwaith’s bouncily shouty indie pop.
There’s also celebrated art-punks The Nightingales, Scots dreampop from Community Swimming Pool, Galway punks Punching Peaches, Campfire Social’s soca-flecked sunshine pop, and some more indie should-have-beens for those of a certain age, BOB.
Honestly, at £7 for 50 tracks it’s a no-brainer purchase for anyone who enjoys quality indie music, with the good cause the icing on top.
‘V4Velindre’ is out now. This article originally appeared in the Blackpool Gazette. More at redsoapbox.tumblr.com..