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The latest in Tirk Records' series of compilations curated by some of the finest artists and DJs in contemporary music, is this time brought to you by Mercury nominees The Bees. The compilation includes an exclusive unreleased alternate version of Left Foot Step Down (vocal spliced into dub), from The Bees's third critically acclaimed album, Octopus, plus a brand new exclusive, Papa Echo. This sound selection, named after their legendary DJ team, was chosen, compiled and mixed by the Bees.

The band have consolidated their sound since recording in their very own home-made Steamrooms studio on the Isle of Wight,as heard on 2007's Octopus - 'Album of The Year' (The Independent). Here on The Sound Selection are some of the musical gems from The Bees's DJ treasure chest from the deepest soul to the dirtiest funk, tropicalia, hip hop, folk and reggae, these are the tracks which have influenced the band over time.

Opening with the glorious American gospel soul of the Staple Singers and leading into the ever - unpredictable rap of Quasimoto (Madlib), the Indian west coast pop funk of Red Bone follows, from Bees Aaron picking up the album Potlatch for 25p from an RSPCA charity shop. 'I couldn't believe it! It's such a positive record, 'bad news ain't no news at all' sums up the vibe a treat.'

With De La Soul's Ego Trippin, we have a playful part party / part car tune; from Muddy Waters, a raw message on love- says Aaron- 'It made this giant of a blues man into a psychedelic preacher, relentlessly threatening you with his electrified axe!'

Skanking roots come from Lee Perry's finger tips on Headquarters - 'the cut and paste style of the intro is so ahead of it's time, the 'no, he's busy!' spoken phrase sums up The Bees's studio vibe whilst putting this whole mix together!' There¹s some sweet and groovy roots reggae in Matumbi's 'Chain Gang'; a classic Brazilian feel-good attitude song in 'Roda'; and what the band see as 'some imagined mind-bending sixties session' in the shape of Dungen.

Fatty FLX (Bees' Aaron) brings a bouncy little ditty to the mix, whilst the softly ambient pop and throbbing rhythms of Can's 'I'm So Green' is a particularly lush number. Another high note is the beatifically cosmic 'I Have Found Love' from seminal pioneers of the hypnotic groove and today's experimental electronic music, Silver Apples, the arpeggio synths weaving in and out of stonking primitive drums, while the declaration of lost love glides on a broken harmony.

The Bees's own 'Papa Echo' is, according to the band, a song about family, truth and peace. 'We thought this track fitted in with the psychedelic soul sound of this compilation. It's an in-between albums' song for us - it may or may not be a taster of where we're going!' Cyril Labonne comes as a gift from Aaron's nan, the 'lemonade song', then there's a slice of 60's pyschedelic acoustic rock in Donovan's 'There Is A Mountain', with its graceful lyrics- "caterpillar sheds his skin to find the butterfly within", and the cool, sighing sounds of flute, clopping bongos and congas. The blue print for a great song, these slightly bizarre lyrics dance around an infectious folk shanty - warning from The Bees- 'Be careful it's extremely contagious!!'

To round things off, there's a surefire dance floor mover from Little Anne, and for the closing track, the warm and intimate blues funk soul of Clarence Reid's gorgeous 'Nobody But You Babe', a superb version of 'It's My Thing', with its fanfare intro leading up to one of the most classic funk riffs put down.

(C) 2009 Tirk Recordings
(P) 2009 Tirk Recordings