• Josh Crowe

The UK's biggest bands join forces for NHS Vinyl Fundraiser


Songs For The National Health Service is a one-off collection of exclusive, unreleased tracks by different bands and artists, with all profits funding specialised PPE for hospitals that haven’t been provided with it. Foals, The Vaccines, The Big Moon, Sports Team, Wolf Alice, Baxter Dury, The Wombats, The Magic Gang, Nilüfer Yanya, Spector, Swim Deep, The Orielles, Pixx, Jessica Winter, Oscar Lang and Alfie Templeman have all kindly donated tracks exclusively for this compilation, featuring demos, covers, remixes and live versions not available anywhere else, with the majority being released for the very first time

In the release of the compilation they stated "We don’t believe the NHS should be treated like a charity, but it’s difficult to watch as frontline medical professionals put their lives at risk during this crisis, especially due to a lack of the right equipment. With that in mind, all proceeds of this record will be used to directly fund the purchase and distribution of reusable PPE Respirators to protect key workers during Covid-19 and beyond."

"We’ve partnered with Dr. Natalie Watson at University Hospital Lewisham as she launches the Hoods for Heroes campaign. Their initial target of £30,000 will provide enough ‘PAPR’ (powered air purifying respirators) to help fully stock Lewisham Greenwich NHS Trust (site of the UK’s first patient with confirmed Covid-19 infection), Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and University Hospital Crosshouse, Scotland. All money raised beyond that will provide equipment for further hospitals and regions based on need, not only helping safely treat victims of Covid-19, but enabling NHS teams to re-start time-critical head and neck cancer surgery."

We our indebted to all NHS staff working tirelessly and courageously through this difficult time. In the future we must do much more to ensure they are funded and paid properly, and forever treated with the respect they deserve.

The Limited edition blue vinyl with artwork is by Go De Jong & Tom Beard. Mastered by Kevin Tuffy at Alchemy Mastering.

Be sure to support the NHS by purchasing the vinyl, please note Flying Vinyl is a pre-ordering platform, providing the minimum sales quantity is met the records will be shipped after the campaign ends.You can purchase it HERE.

Tracklist:

Foals – White Onions (Live from Ally Pally) The Vaccines – Internet Disco (Feat. Agent Emotion) The Big Moon – Big (Demo) Baxter Dury – So Much (Demo) Swim Deep – Lexington Slowdown

Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Blu (Gilles Peterson Remix)

Wolf Alice – Another Girl, Another Planet Spector – Extra Life Sports Team – Itchicoo Park The Orielles – Bobbi’s Second World (Demo) The Magic Gang – Club Tropicana Alfie Templeman – Growing Up Pixx and Jessica Winter – Summer Wine The Wombats – Turn (Acoustic) Oscar Lang – Always In My Head

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