Label of the Week – Fat Cat Records

Label of the Week

Fat Cat’s origins can be dated back to 1989 as a record store in Crawley, UK. Founded by Alex Knight and Dave Cawley, they relocated to London in 1990 and specialized in stocking predominately Detroit and Chicago based Techno and House music.

After closing the store in 1997, the label was born. Early releases from the Icelandic trio of BjorkSigur Rós and múm brought the label much success and paved the way for other new acts including indie rockers The Twilight Sad, as well as experimental powerhouses; Animal Collective and Black Dice.

Fat Cat also has an imprint label called 130701 (named after the date of its inception: 13 July 2001), home for ‘post-classical’ music, the imprint was later appended with the signing of pianist/composers, Sylvain Chauveau, Max Richter, and most recently Hauschka.

Fat Cat’s current roster of artists includes the likes of Mazes, Milk Maid, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised JetpacksBreton, Vashti Bunyan, Nina Nastasia, Max RichterGregory and the Hawk,Brakes and Maps & Atlases among others..

Milk Maid – Do Right

Fronted by Martin Cohen the ex-bassist of Nine Black AlpsMilk Maid champion a DIY aesthetic with recording produced in his apartment. Cohen’s take on pop melodies with a twist of noise is reminiscent of acts such as Lovvers and Kurt Vile. ‘Do Right’, is taken from the forthcoming Milk Maid album titled ‘Mostly No’ out on Fat Cat, July 9th.

Click HERE for a free download of “Do Right”

Maps & Atlases – Winter

Winter is the first track to surface from the Chicago quartets recently released second album titled ‘Beware and Be Grateful‘.  Mixing tight math-rock guitar lines and pulsing drums ‘Winter’ couldn’t remind you more of summer festival sing-alongs.

Click HERE for a free download of “Winter”

Odonis Odonis – I’d Prefer Walking

Odonis Odonis was formed a little over a year ago by prolific bandleader Dean Tzenos. Now a three-piece found in Toronto they create their own take on lo-fi surf, punk and shoegaze. ‘I’d Prefer Walking is a non-album track.

Click HERE for a free download of “I’d Prefer Walking”

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