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Cover Story – Part I – Tonpress Records

The first in a Fat Nancy series digging out album cover art from shut down or rare record labels. The first is Tonpress,  a polish label from 1980′s. Belonging to KAW – Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza (The National Publishing Agency), their catalogue consisted of foreign albums, singles, audiobooks and Polish records. Tonpress was shutdown in 1990, due to the Polish government discontinuing most of the state-controlled publishing houses and agencies. Much of Tonpress’ collection was lost when it was split between two privately owned music labels. Tonpress records are still available at on-line auctions.

Cover Story XII – Sofrito Records

Sofrito is a collective of DJs, producers and artists that combine a love for Tropical rhythms with a firm basis in modern club culture. Rooted in the legendary Tropical Warehouse Parties in East London, Sofrito mixes up vintage sounds from across the tropics with modern productions and exclusive dubplate specials, bridging the gap between eras and continents to produce a unique and intense sound that has seen them play at clubs and festivals across the world. The Sofrito label covers everything from Nigerian acid boogie to raw Gwo Ka rhythms, futuristic sounds from new European producers and heavy Latin vibes from the Pacific coast of Colombia. Paris-based Hugo Mendez has traveled extensively in order to produce groundbreaking compilations for labels such as Strut, Soundway, Jazzman and Nascente and DJs regularly across Europe. Hackney-based Frankie Francis runs The Carvery mastering and dubplate cutting studios, working on vinyl retrieval and mastering for labels such as Strut, Sir Collin’s Music Wheel, NYC Trust, Superfly and many more, as well as cutting dubs for the cream of the reggae and Tropical DJs in the UK. Illustrator and Designer Lewis Heriz works …

Cover Story XI – Erased Tapes

Erased Tapes Records is a London-based contemporary label that is widely recognised for releasing avant-garde music that crosses over various genres and styles. The record company was established by Robert Raths in early 2007 and has become a melting pot for innovative musicians from all around the world. Its roster of contemporary classical music composers includes Ólafur Arnalds from Iceland, German composer Nils Frahm, Ukrainian continuous music pioneer Lubomyr Melnyk, electronic producer Rival Consoles, American multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick, Japanese vibraphonist Masayoshi Fujita, Brooklyn-based trio Dawn of Midi, the collaborative project A Winged Victory For The Sullen by Stars of the Lid-member Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, English film composer Michael Price, singer songwriter Douglas Dare and nordic electronic duo Kiasmos. “The heart-string-tugging London label that floats gently between 20th Century composition and ambient music” (Rolling Stone)

Cover Story X – The Leaf Label

The Leaf Label was established in late 1994, with the sole intention of releasing music by Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis. That first Boymerang 12″ sold out in a matter of weeks, so it seemed like a good idea to carry on… In late 1996 label founder Tony Morley took the plunge and left his day job at the influential 4AD label, making Leaf a full-time priority. They’ve had our ups and downs, but in an increasingly squeezed music industry, they’re stronger now than they’ve ever been. In 2004 they opened an office in New York, and the UK office relocated to its spiritual home in Yorkshire in 2006. “Our passion hasn’t really changed in all that time – we want to bring the music we love from the fringes to as many people as possible. Every artist is treated as individual, with careful attention to detail and presentation, and we try not repeat ourselves, so the label keeps evolving. Our outlook has always been very international, and in artists like A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Colleen, …

Cover Story IX – Soundway Records

Soundway Records is a British-based independant record label founded and run by English DJ and music producer Miles Cleret. It started in 2002 with the release of a compilation of Ghanaian music from the 1970s : ”Ghana Sounds: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in ’70s Ghana”. Since then the label has released a series of critically acclaimed compilation albums and re-issues of African, Caribbean, Latin and Asian music from the 1950s – 1980s. These include the well-received Nigeria Special, Ghana special & Kenya Special compilation albums that Cleret spent years compiling. Since 2012 the label has issued a series of original contemporary releases as well as re-issuing older music. These include releases from acts susch as Batida, Ibibio Sound Machine, Debruit & Alsarah, Fumaca Preta, Ondatropica, The Meridian Brothers, Los Miticos Del Ritmo, Chico Mann, Bomba Estereo, My Panda Shall Fly, Konkoma, Family Atlantica & Dexter Story. In 2014, Soundway was named by The Guardian as “One of the 10 British Labels defining the Sound of 2014”.