1. JAY JAY PISTOLET – WE ARE FREE
2. MUMFORD & SONS – ROLL AWAY YOUR STONE
3. CHIEF – MIGHT PROUD
4. CHERBOURG – NEVER LOVE AGAIN
5. THE MIDDLE EAST - BLOOD
6. JAMES YUILL – NO SURPRISE
7. WAVE MACHINES – I GO
8. POST WAR YEARS – ALL EYES
9. KYLA LA GRANGE – VAMPIRE SMILE
10. WHITE LIES – UNFINISHED BUSINESS
11. EXLOVERS – JUST A SILHOUETTE
12. CHET FAKER – TERMS & CONDITIONS
13. JUNGLE - PLATOON
14. MS MR - HURRICANE
15. MØ - PILGRIM
16. BABY STRANGE - FRIEND
17. LOCAL NATIVE – SUN HANDS
18. GROUPLOVE - COLOURS
19. WOLF ALICE - BROS
20. SWIM DEEP – KING CITY
On March 3rd 2014, tastemaker, Chess Club Records will be releasing Chess Club Volume 1; a compilation made up of original and rare tracks from the labels alumni, some of which have not been available to buy since their first release. The compilation will also, in turn, celebrate the 7th year of Chess Clubs existence and will be available on a limited run of 12” gatefold vinyl only – once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Starting out in the humble beginnings of a DJ at London’s Astoria, Chess Club founder Will Street moved into the live scene in 2005, when he started to put on monthly club nights at The Social; subsequently booking early shows for the likes of Bon Iver, The Vaccines, MGMT, Yeaysayer, Lykke Li, The XX, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and many more.
With the bourgeoning success and continuing growth of the club night, Street decided to fulfil the childhood dream of starting a label and in November 2007 Chess Club Records
was born. With the first release coming from Jay Jay Pistolet, now more commonly known as Justin from The Vaccines.
Initially starting as a singles label Chess Club has released debut singles for the now household names, Mumford and Sons, White Lies, Local Natives and more recently the likes of MS MR, Jungle and Wolf Alice. In 2013 Chess Club moved into album territory with releases by Post War Years and Swim Deep. The label also gearing up to release the highly anticipated debut album from the much lauded, rising sensation, MØ.
Now, as the label turns 7 the time is right to look back and celebrate the success of Chess Club Records in the form a limited compilation album made up of Chess Clubs alumni.