Label of the Week
Founded in 2006 by fashion stylist, Paul Beahan, this Los Angeles label has released debut albums by artists ranging from Bat for Lashes to Warpaint as well as up and comers such as Sister Crayon and Rainbow Arabia. With roots planted firmly in the fashion and art world, Beahan set out to champion a unique “musical home” for artists whose stomping grounds vary from Los Angeles to Oslo to London to Sydney.
Sacred Bones Records was born in Brooklyn, New York in early 2007, with the intention of bringing their friends’ music to light, as well as unearthing music lost in time. With releases from the likes of Zola Jesus, The Men and Moon Duo of late, Sacred Bones look to release artists whom they truly believe in both aurally and spiritually.
Home to such groundbreaking acts as Major Lazer, Scissor Sisters, Mos Def and Spank Rock, Downtown Records is a label that looks towards the future of music. The label represents a mixture of creative artists who are pushing music in new and exciting directions. This week we’re profiling a few of their most promising up and coming acts: White Denim, Electric Guest and Vacationer.
Arbutus is an artistic community based in Montreal. Beginning as a DIY loft space inhabiting community, Arbutus Records developed to cultivate and promote the bands associated with the scene. Perhaps still best known for its releases, Arbutus is by no means a traditional record label, with endeavours into film and literature well and truly underway.
Based mainly between New York and London, Cascine has gone onto release some of the most interesting experimental music is recent times. Declaring a love for cosy electronic sounds, experimental pop and especially all things Scandi!
Another British label to be featured in our Label of the Week series is Oxfordshire based Big Scary Monsters. Started by Kevin Douch when he was in school, the label has built itself a solid reputation of releasing music by a very diverse range of artists that often don’t quite seem to slot into any obvious scene or genre.