Rough Trade Essential

Put simply, the title awarded to a core selection of diverse and brilliant albums that every record collection should be proud to house.
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Rough Trade Essential

Rough Trade Essential: Funk and Soul

"It’s albums like this which gave artists a cornerstone with which to hone their talents and produce some of the most engaging and beautifully…

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Rough Trade Essential: Greatest Guitar Albums

"Replace the generic cliches with genuinely raw lyrics, the pristine, over-the-top production, with grit and power, and the trite, self-indulgent guitar solos, with a style…

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Rough Trade Essential: Shoegaze

One of indie-rock's finest subgenres. With warm waves of distortion, limitless guitar texture and the most ethereal vocals - shoegaze is music for dreamers.…

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Rough Trade Essential: Goth Before Goth

The likes of Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy and The Cure summoned the darkness inside all of us through cold industrial sounds, gruesome imagery and lots…

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Rough Trade Essential: Folk

"Whatever it is you define as folk, one thing is universally agreed – Simply put, folk music is music for the people by the people."…

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Rough Trade Essential: Hip Hop

"Biggie's raps play out before your eyes in wide-screen. He embodies characters and relays stories with a flow that bounces over the beat…

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Rough Trade Essential: Soundtracks

"Music is the true accompaniment to film, so salt your popcorn, perch on the edge of the seat, and prepare to be encapsulated in all…

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Rough Trade Essential: Post-Punk

"We were not aware that punk was going to happen. We were aware that what we wanted to do was commit some act of violence…

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Rough Trade Essential: Electronic

“…it might rely heavily on electronics, tapes. I can kind of envision one person with a lot of machines, tapes and electronics set up singing or…

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Rough Trade Essential: Britpop

"If punk was about getting rid of hippies, then I’m getting rid of grunge!" Damon Albarn Regional accents, a new upbeat form of…