To mark the anniversary of last year's riots in the UK, Freerange have put together a vinyl box set called Out of the Ashes.
Freerange was among the many labels who lost their back catalog in the fire at the PIAS warehouse. Out of the Ashes collects 12-inches whose original pressings were lost in that fire. In an essay accompanying the release, music journalist Joe Muggs says the intention of the release is "not to commemorate wanton destruction, or to mourn a loss, but to celebrate a lesson learned and a passion rekindled," referring to the music community's enduring passion for vinyl.
"Were we all hanging on to vinyl records simply as an expensive emblem of times past?" he writes. "Could the destruction of the back catalogue be symbolic, a sign that in a volatile era we needed to stop clinging to these lumps of plastic and move with the times? After reflection the answer for us, and many other labels, was a resounding and resolute 'no!'"
Out of the Ashes also includes a number of tracks that were only available digitally until now. It packs in five 12-inches in total, comes with artwork by I-Want Design, and will be limited to 250 copies.
A1 Blackjoy - Untitled
B1 Tony Lionni - Precious Feat. Marvin Belton (Deetron Remix)
B2 Ethyl & Flori - Tanqueray
C1 Bassfort - Dixtrit
D1 Lovebirds - Keep Coming (Axel Boman Mix 2)
D2 Subject – Come On (Charles Webster Remix)
E1 Marcel Wave - 27 Holton (Serafin's Back To New York Re-interpretation)
F1 Jimpster - Dangly Panther
F2 Only Freak – Can't Get Away (From Your Love) Feat. Rasiyah (Solid Groove Remix)
G1 Manuel Tur feat. Holly Backler – Most of this moment (Isolee Remix)
H1 Switch – Get On Downz
H2 Audiomontage – The Darkness
I1 Milton Jackson - Ghosts In My Machines
I2 Rocco - Stormy
J1 Shur-I-Kan – Generations (Una Bombers Basement Mix) A
J2 Shimiko - Push
Freerange Records will release Out of the Ashes on August 13th, 2012.