Once again, the ILM or Independent Label Market is almost upon us. And this time we’ll be touching down in Bristol. This will be our 2nd such event, and to be able to do so in a city that we’ve always wanted to visit will be an absolute pleasure.
What should you expect you might ask. Well firstly, you can expect a real farmer’s market vibe to the whole fiasco. Secondly we’ll be setting up a stall full of music and jewellery offerings in partnership with upstart jewellers, Boho Lavaliere by Bernadett Marina Makula. And lastly, there’ll awesome merch and special edition offerings from the likes of Lex, !K7, Big Dada, Ninja Tune, and your favourite labels from Bristol.
Spawned from the educational haven that is Goldsmiths, French For Cartridge has garnered favourable reviews in the past. Artrocker previously described the female/ male duo “like Mary Poppins on an acid trip.”
Now biding their time on Dinner With Daisy Records, the duo has several releases under its belt including 2 albums. Their 2009 release of the OOH! And Picture Negative 45 single gives an interesting glimpse into an act that’s self described as “an attempt to create atonal pop music”.
Picture Negative is a song best described as the sound track to an early nineties romantic comedy. Driven primarily by raw electric guitar riffs, the song has an air of “reminiscence” about it, in a way that it instantly transports you back into the aforementioned era.
With the current music scene saturated due to a plethora of record labels, both independent and major, many artists are afforded the opportunity to reach a global audience at a very low cost, at least in comparison to the physical format years. One label that has done so to maximum effect is Text Records.
The label, started in 2001 by Four Tet, recently released an album by Percussions (Four Tet) titled 2011 until 2014, which is a compilation of all of his Text Records 12” releases under that pseudonym, and other material from around the same time. Whilst Text Records does not have its own dedicated website, the label has been making waves in other areas, as Four Tet was representing his company at the Independent Label Market event in London on the 28th of March 2015.
February 2014 is one of the few songs on the album that was previously unreleased. Starting off very minimally, it rapidly progresses with a wide array of different synthesizer and pad sounds. An ever-changing piece, this is one song that simply refuses to slow down. This progressive nature is epitomized in the sudden introduction of a very imposing hi hat and kick drum at the mid way mark.
The song Blatant Water Cannon is unique in that it uses the echo effect to enrich the synthesizer pad and vocal sample, both of which are driving instruments in the song, creating an enthralling staccato effect. The song repeats the same patterns for a few minutes before briefly bursting into life with the introduction of an ‘arppegiated’ synthesizer and string pad.
October 2011 is a very interesting song in that it brilliantly blends a very imposing synthesizer with the rhythm of percussion. Although not comprised of much in terms of unheard material, we are treated to an album previously not available in this form neither on vinyl, cd or the digital formats (mp3/WAV). 2011 Until 2014 can be easily downloaded from Percussions’ Bandcamp page.
So we took a few CDs to the Independent Label Market in London and right from the outset business was fast. Our stall was right next to Dinner with Daisy, an exciting, experimental Pop label, and directly behind us was Domino.
After speaking to a representative of Dinner With Daisy we couldn’t resist buying Oooh! Picture Negative by French For Cartridge, a review of which you can certainly expect sometime in the future.
One of the highlights of the day was seeing Kieren ‘Four Tet’ Hebden walking around the market, though it’s a shame he didn’t visit our stall.
Notable labels at the market included Domino, Transgressive Records, Brownswood Recordings, Warp and Four Tet’s Text Records. Other offerings on show included jewellery, shoes, clothing and food.
If you’ve never been to one of these markets then we highly recommend that you do so as the vibe at this particular event was electric.
The next such event will be in Bristol on Sunday 3rd May 2015 and you can certainly expect us there again. We certainly look forward to meeting some of you.