On May 27 Lush Fresh Handmade Sound and Mark Constantine are proud to unveil Life’s What You Make It, following from the acclaimed compilation albums Self Preservation Society and Instant Replay.
This vinyl triple album has once again been personally curated by Mark Constantine, co-founder of Lush and passionate music fan. It features 30 brand new versions of songs originally recorded between 1981 to 1991, including some of the finest pop, folk, rock and ballads of the time. The first single release from the collection is a stunning take on Kate Bush classic ‘Cloudbusting’ from acclaimed folk singer Martha Tilston, available now.
You’ll find the familiar and the unfamiliar, unexpected collisions of styles, radical re-workings and faithful renditions, all in celebration of a musical golden era. Many of these tracks will have specific associations for each of us, but collectively they formed the soundtrack to Mark’s decade during Cosmetics to Go and the pre-Lush Cosmetics years: “What I remember from that time is working every hour God sent,” he says. “We’d be waking up at 4am, switching on the boilers and mixing up product as fast as we could. And there’d always be music playing.”
Compositions by artists as diverse as The Cure, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Kate Bush and Nirvana have been reinterpreted by a galaxy of established and rising stars including Teddy Thompson, Eliza and Martin Carthy, Jackie Oates, Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson, Stealing Sheep and Honeyfeet, many of which you’ll found on Lush’s bespoke Spa Treatment soundtracks. The result is a magnificently diverse, six-sided jewel of a record.
This record has been two years in the making and did not only start off as a continuation of the compilation album series, but also out of Mark’s desire to support the artists Lush has been collaborating with for a long time through the difficulties during the Covid lockdowns.
Martha Tilston – ‘Cloudbusting’ – official video: