Saturday, 20 July 2013

Label In The Limelight: Black Butter Records

What better way is there to launch a brand new feature - celebrating the art of the independent record label - than by shining a spotlight on what is probably the most talked about new label in the UK today? Or at least as far as I'm concerned it is anyway.
Black Butter Records are still wearing off the hangovers from their third birthday celebrations, however in these fledgling years they've shifted volumes most indies couldn't even imagine: having had one of their early signings not just crack the chart but skyrocket all the way to the top spot. Twice.

That's right, because this was the label that introduced the world to Rudimental - the electropop quartet whose 'Feel The Love' is still internationally inescapable fourteen months after its release.

And this ceaseless income of juicy smackeroos means Black Butter can afford even more incredible British talents for its exclusive roster of nine. Clean Bandit, who managed to chart a sample of Mozart's 'String Quartet No. 21', appear alongside iTunes award winner Kidnap Kid, emerging electro duo Gorgon City, and five other equally brilliant lesserknowns.

Closer to the underground they're diversifying beyond garage, grime and EDM with two gorgeous new R&B vocalists, Joel Compass and Sinead Harnett, who hook up with the label's beatmakers as often as they release their own emotional delights.

Black Butter Records is a consistently contemporary and on the pulse independent record label, admired by London's pirate radio community as much as it is by BBC 6 Music. Their Takeover events go down a storm, their artwork is well worth an eyeballing, even the website has got uber-cool embedded into its DNA. For Black Butter Records, the sky's the limit.

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