Brits and Pieces – Volume IIIBrits and Pieces: Volume III – album review

CD Compilation 


Available 8th April here

With the continued fanfare and fawning over the medium of vinyl, it’s easy to forget that people are still purchasing CDs. Thank god they are, and also thank the good lord that a Mr Marc Rossiter knows.

Brits and Pieces is an annual compilation featuring some of Great Britain’s most promising underground talents, with its previous two editions being lauded by radio royalty Steve Lamacq and invading the UK Album Charts.

Now back for its third run, Rossiter once again shows his knack for spotting a handy tune by bringing together acts that are individually excellent while creating a common thread.

There are a number of highlights spread over its 18 tracks. Openers The Heavy North – the love children of ‘60s stars Cream and Jimi Hendrix – bring vintage vibes and high-voltage riffs with their single Darkness In Your Eyes. Meanwhile, Surrey chanteuse Maya Lakhani fuses epic vocals with pop punk power on epic track The Line.

There are a number of singer-songwriters showcasing their talents on Brits and Pieces. Welsh warbler Jackson Lucitt’s Text Back Blues is a Dylan-indebted folk-rock stomper, Middlesbrough balladeer Amelia Coburn’s Dublin Serenade is a sweet sing while Jay Tennant oozes Bond-esque cinematic brilliance with the anthemic Spectre.

Elsewhere, the bands chosen also chip in with brilliance. Coventry icons SENSES – able to blend twinkling melodies with tough fuzz – knock it out of the park with We’re Not Wanted, Leeds legends Apollo Junction chime in with the jagged riffs of Porcelain and The Rah’s – managed by the grassroots genie that is Shiner Sam – roll with the wondrous Sweet Talker.

Already looking to become the most successful Brits and Pieces compilation yet, Rossiter’s brilliance at bringing together exciting musicians is showing the world that there are great artists out there if you know where to look…and don’t ditch your car CD players just yet.

Brits and Pieces – Volume III is available to pre-order now

All words by Sam Lambeth. Sam is a Birmingham-based journalist and musician. More of his work for Louder Than War is available on his archive. He also runs his own blog and his music can be found on Spotify.

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