Taking inspiration from a classic Jimmy Webb track, the much celebrated Wichita Recordings is arguably one of the finest independent labels the UK has produced. Formed by Mark Bowen and Dick Green who were previously involved with the legendary Creation Records, the first step Wichita took was the UK release of Fevers and Mirrors by indie here [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bright Eyes[/lastfm]. Soon after the likes of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yeah Yeah Yeahs[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]My Morning Jacket[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Cribs[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Bronx[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Les Savy Fav[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Clap Your Hands Say Yeah[/lastfm] we're proudly sitting on the labels ever growing roster. But arguably the biggest release to date is [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bloc Party[/lastfm]'s debut album 'Silent Alarm'. After gaining widespread critical acclaim and changing a generation of British kids it fully cemented the label as one of the most exciting around when it comes to new music. Today the roster remains as strong as ever. Recent releases form the likes of indie rockers [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Cloud Nothings[/lastfm], Swedish folksters [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]First Aid Kit[/lastfm] and seven-piece indie poppers [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Los Campesinos![/lastfm] have done the label pround. With future releases on the horizon from the likes of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Best Coast[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Cribs[/lastfm], 2012 is already looking like a great year for music. [mp3com-artist]Best Coast[/mp3com-artist] - The Only Place Fronted by Bethany Cosentino, Beat Coast are soon to releases their much anticipated second album also titled 'The Only Place'. Recorded with Jon Brion who has worked with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elliott Smith[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kanye West[/lastfm], it's expected to sounds richer and further showcase the bands knack for writing glorious pop songs. Click HERE for a free download of “The Only Place” [mp3com-artist]Cloud Nothings[/mp3com-artist] - Stay Useless Stay Useless' is taken from the second Cloud Nothings album titled 'Attack On Memory'. Recorded with Steve Albini last summer and released in February this year, it's a classic Cloud Nothings track: catchy, poppy, start stop guitars and full of emotion. Click HERE for a free download of “Stay Useless” [mp3com-artist]The Cribs[/mp3com-artist] – Pieces Of Work Another track recorded with Albini, 'Chi-Town' is taken from The Cribs forthcoming new album titled 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull'. Again a three-piece after Johnny Marr left before the new album sessions begun, the three brothers will see their fifth album released on May 8th. Click HERE for a free download of “Chi-Town” Click HERE for more Label of the Week features.

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