On March 3rd 2014, tastemaker imprint Chess Club Records will be releasing Chess Club Volume 1: a compilation made up of original and rare tracks from the label's alumni, some of which have not been available to buy since their first release. The compilation will also, in turn, celebrate the 7th year of Chess Club's existence and will be available on a limited run of 12" gatefold vinyl only - once they're gone, they're gone.
Starting out from humble beginnings as a DJ at London's Astoria, Chess Club founder Will Street moved into the live scene in 2005 when he started to put on monthly club nights at The Social; subsequently booking early shows for the likes of Bon Iver, The Vaccines, MGMT, Yeaysayer, Lykke Li, The XX, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and many more.
With the bourgeoning success and continued growth of the club night, Street decided to fulfil his childhood dream of starting a label and in November 2007, Chess Club Records was born. With the first release coming from Jay Jay Pistolet, now more commonly known as Justin from The Vaccines.
Initially starting out as a singles label Chess Club has released debut singles for now-household names including Mumford and Sons, White Lies, Local Natives and more recently the likes of MS MR, Jungle and Wolf Alice. In 2013, Chess Club moved into album territory with releases from Post War Years and Swim Deep. The label is also gearing up to release the highly anticipated debut full-length from much-lauded, rising sensation, M_.
Now, as the label turns 7, the time is right to look back and celebrate the success of Chess Club Records in the form of a limited compilation album made up of Chess Club alumni.
Chess Club Volume 1 will be released on limited 12" gatefold vinyl on 3rd March 2014.
1. JAY JAY PISTOLET - WE ARE FREE
2. MUMFORD & SONS - ROLL AWAY YOUR STONE
3. CHIEF - MIGHT PROUD
4. CHERBOURG - NEVER LOVE AGAIN
5. THE MIDDLE EAST - BLOOD
6. JAMES YUILL - NO SURPRISE
7. WAVE MACHINES - I GO I GO I GO
8. POST WAR YEARS - ALL EYES
9. KYLA LA GRANGE - VAMPIRE SMILE
10. WHITE LIES - UNFINISHED BUSINESS
11. EXLOVERS - JUST A SILHOUETTE
12. CHET FAKER - TERMS & CONDITIONS
13. JUNGLE - PLATOON
14. MS MR - HURRICANE
15. M_ - PILGRIM
16. BABY STRANGE - FRIEND
17. LOCAL NATIVES - SUN HANDS
18. GROUPLOVE - COLOURS
19. WOLF ALICE - BROS
20. SWIM DEEP - KING CITY
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