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U.K. Electronic Label Where to Now? Pivots to Vinyl

From the smoothed-out house of Space Afrika’s Primrose Avenue to the drone excursions of Wanda Group’s Masculinity Is A Wonderful Thing, to Helm’s freewheeling, extended dreadscapes on Orange Tanks, you’d be hard-pressed to tie London/Brighton-based label… 1,467 more words

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Home of Buena Vista Social Club, World Circuit Scours the Globe For New Sounds

When British tour promoters Anne Hunt and Mary Farquharson hired Nick Gold to run their World Circuit label a year after its 1986 launch, “world music”—the unfortunate appellation for music performed by non-Western artists—tended to arrive in albums organized either by territory, instrument, or style. 1,012 more words

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One Release a Week is Business as Usual for Vaporwave Label Business Casual

Every Friday at noon (U.S. Eastern Standard Time), like clockwork, a new release from Pittsburgh-based vaporwave label Business Casual enters the world. According to label founder John Zobele, the main reason he can operate with this kind of quiet consistency is because of Business Casual’s longevity; the label just celebrated its fourth anniversary in May. 1,055 more words

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Electric Assault Records Lets the Metal Do the Talking

Henry Yuan went to Norway and had an epiphany. This was back in 2011, the last year that the extreme Norwegian metal festival Hole In The Sky raised its flag over the city of Bergen. 986 more words

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The Auris Apothecary Label Has the "Very Real Desire to Destroy Everything"

An island of blue in a swallowing sea of red, Monroe County is one of Indiana’s few liberal outposts, thanks particularly to the control of Bloomington, a laid-back college town of a little more than 80,000. 2,213 more words

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How Far Out Brought Brazilian Sounds to Britain

“I’ll never forget. I know the date: it was December 12, 1993,” recalled Joyce Moreno, in a 2009 interview. The singer-songwriter, a living legend in her native Brazil, was already a musical veteran and a substantial success at home. 1,714 more words

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A Guide to Drag City's Essential Releases

Of the many labels that spurred the indie rock (philosophy, not brand) heyday of the early ‘90s, few have stuck to their guns as thoroughly as… 955 more words

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