Now, 23 records and a T-shirt later Memphis have decided to celebrate their 25th offering by gathering together highlights from past, present, and future. So we kick off with a brand new track from new signings The Go! Team's "Ladyflash" an exuberant sampledelic romp which goes round the outside, or something like that. Which leads into the sublime and anthemic "Saturday", from another recent addition to the Memphis fold, J. Xaverre. Memphis mainstays Blue States and Broadway Project weigh in with choice cuts from their debut albums, the Greek spaghetti western sound of "Elios Therepia", the heartbreaking "Femme Fatale" respectively. Then there's Fort Lauderdale, and their alter egos The Black Neon and The Squire of Somerton, indulging in all kinds of genre bending psychedelic schizophrenia. The Soulsavers grace us with their presence with "Revolution Song" - taking time out from their day job to donate a one off recording to Memphis, from a forthcoming split 7" with Broadway Project - and New York's Jukeboxer serve up an intriguing blend of boy girl harmonies and off kilter arrangements. Finally, bringing up the rear is Ollie's ace but on ice project La Mouche.
And as if appearing on one CD wasn't enough for the upstanding gentlefolk of Memphis, they've also decided to host their very first night together, 27th February at 93ft East - J. Xaverre and Blue States are playing live, and the rest of the Memphis coterie will be variously DJing, throwing shapes and generally swanning around like they own the place. Which they clearly don't.
So there you have it. A Memphis refresher course and a catalogue of future triumphs wrapped up in one pocket sized package. And if you want to know why its called Estuary English, call up Ollie or Matt. I think their mangled vowels will make it clear. 'Estuary English' is released February 24th.