'XFM Debut Sessions' is a 2CD collection direct from XFM's archives of session recordings and live performances, including Jack Penate, Jamie T, Kate Nash, Bloc Party and many others.
Focusing on debut albums, this album features some of the hottest UK acts to release their first longplayers in 2007, alongside classic British artists of the last 10 years. Each of the 36 tracks will be a version of a cut from the artist's debut album recorded exclusively for XFM. These recordings have never been available before and is a must have album for fans of cutting edge new artists and of some of the biggest acts to come out of the UK in the last decade.
The album coincides with the inaugural XFM New Music Awards, which rivals the Mercury Awards for championing great British music.
Here's a message about the album from our friends at XFM:
"Since XFM first hit the airwaves in 1997, we have lived and breathed new music - breaking bands, putting on gigs, recording some amazing sessions and being at the heart of the alternative music scene. During this time, hundreds of bands have performed for us, and everytime we hit the record button to capture these moments. Now it's 2008 and we thought it was about time to pull together a compilation of the best tracks that have been recorded exclusively for XFM.
Listening to these recordings has brought back some incredible memories - whether it be an early session from an artist who has gone on to be a big name, or jaw-dropping performances at an intimate money-can't-buy XFM gig from one of the world's biggest bands - and we've captured as many as we could on this album.
It's taken us ages to decide the tracklisting as there have been so many stunning songs to choose from but after listening to hundreds of tracks and arguing for ages, we managed to whittle it down...
As 2007 was such a strong year for new music, we decided to devote the first CD to bands that emerged last year, and the second CD contains classic tracks from the last ten years.
On The Class of 2007, you'll hear exclusive songs from some of2007's hottest new bands including Jack Penate, Calvin Harris and Jamie T.
This year we also launch the XFM New Music Award which recognises the best UK debut album of 2007. Enjoy tracks from award nominees The Pigeon Detectives, The View, The Enemy, Kate Nash, The Twang, The Maccabees, and The Wombats."
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