There is a bottomless treasure chest to rifle through - plenty of shonky enterprises are doing it badly, not enough are doing it well (an honourable mention here for the Elvis specialists Memphis Recording Service), so I thought it was about time I started a re-issue label and had some fun of my own. My aim is for Croydon Municipal to put the past back together in unexpected and exciting ways. Though, of course, I might also put out a collection of every American number one hit from the 1940s. It's all waiting to be done.
The first compilation is the fourth in the "Saint Etienne Present..." series. Songs for a Central Park Picnic is seasonal, and beautifully described in Kieron Tyler's review for the Arts Desk:
"This is the perfect compilation for days when heat brings an enervation so overwhelming it’s possible only to bask like a seal flopped on a rock. Songs for a Central Park Picnic’s 25 tracks capture moods of calm and wistfulness, something to help you take it easy. Yma Sumac’s swinging “Gopher Mambo” and Sammy Davis Jr’s “Bee Bom” are uptempo, but their relaxed groove won’t induce a sweat.
Songs for a A Central Park Picnic will be followed by a brace of albums in October after which there will be at least one a month including, I'm fairly sure, a festive collection in November - something sweet to soundtrack the wrapping of presents. I'll keep you posted.