Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture 14
Counter Culture 14 is Rough Trade Shops' annual collection of customer and staff favourites alongside the best sellers from the year at the counter. The opening set of tracks includes the immaculately crafted psychedelic pop of Temples (Heavenly), the triumphant and bone fide rock 'n' roll of The War On Drugs (Secretly Canadian) and the effortless Oslo disco of Todd Terje (Olsen) alongside the gorgeous melancholic pop of Metronomy (Because), the dark and dreamy R&B of Little Dragon (Because) and the hypnotic modernism of Angel Olsen (Jagjaguwar). The contrast in styles continues but the quality remains as the unique electro-punk of Liars (Mute), the experimental dub-step of Millie and Andrea (Modern Love), the timeless midnight intimacy of The Delines (Decor) and Mark Kozelek's reflective Sun Kil Moon (Caldo Verde) project are lined up alongside the welcome return of Aphex Twin (Warp), the punky New Orleans blues of Benjamin Booker (Rough Trade) and the intoxicating soul groove of Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings. Add heavy hitters from Royal Blood, Caribou and patten right there with next generation tracks from Girl Band, GEoRGiA and Vessel and, from the sublime to the ridiculously good, this selection is from as wide a spectrum of styles as you would expect from Rough Trade.