The refreshing blank slate of Montreal's Fixture Records gave us some fantastic releases last year, like the wry pop of Mavo's self-titled EP, Chevalier Avant Garde's celestial genre-bending LP Resurrection Machine, Freelove Fenner's impossibly worth the wait album and many more (Homeshake! Night Sides!) To get all the stragglers up to speed, the label has digitally released a sprawling 22-track collection of songs including appearances from Jef Barbara and Dirty Beaches. It delivers a clear understanding of their catalogue's wonderfully omnivorous musical scope. Dig in below and grab it at Bandcamp.
Tessa Smith, Fixture Records' co-founder, told us a bit about the release and some of what they've got planned for 2014:
"We made this CD sampler last summer as a special thing to give away with mail orders. It collects 22 songs from past, present, and future artists with releases on or around the label. We've since run out of copies, so we decided to put it up for free (or pay what you like) download on Bandcamp. I think it's a good way to meet our releases from 2013, which ended up being our busiest year yet, with our first two 12''s (by Chevalier Avant Garde and Freelove Fenner) on top of a 7'' and three cassettes.
The collection also reaches further back into our past with two exclusive Dirty Beaches b-sides, recorded while Alex was working on his first record, Old Blood, which we released in 2008. It includes previously unreleased songs from cresting, Jef Barbara, Chevalier Avant Garde, Brave Radar, Sequin Kit, and The Haiduks, as well as early versions of two new Sheer Agony tracks, recorded during the sessions for their forthcoming full-length 12'' (coming later this year!) Before that, we'll be releasing a new Brave Radar EP, and then I guess it's time to start working on a new comp, since everyone's got these great new recordings they've been working on all winter..."