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New Labels

Max Reinhardt meets the minds behind new record labels to hear about their music and the fresh thinking that supports artists.

When the internet exploded onto the scene, it blew apart the way the music industry worked. Recording artists were no longer dependent on winning the attention of a record label. They could reach millions of potential fans all around the world direct.

For a moment it looked as if record labels were on a downward slide, but as it turns out this was wrong. And for new labels that's been very good news, judging from their ever increasing number. Some are dedicated to a particular genre or the music of a particular country, for example Tiger’s Milk, which is on a mission to make Peruvian grooves old and new available to a global audience.

Then there’s Glitterbeat, with offices in Ljubljana and Berlin, which releases everything from the raw sound of King Ayisoba from Ghana and psychedelia from Turkey to minimalist and ambient records. Or Erased Tapes, which has become a byword amongst aficionados for introducing an intriguing range of avant-garde meditative sounds by young and old artists from USA, Europe and Japan .

Presenter Max Reinhardt will be meeting the minds behind these labels (and several more) to hear about the records they are promoting, their fresh thinking and the role they play today in supporting artists and as curators in a world awash with hot and cold running music, accessible 24 hours a day, from every source we can currently devise.

(Photo: Samy Ben Redjeb, the mind behind Analog Africa, which re-releases music from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Credit: Ferhat Bouda)

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53 minutes

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Sun 22 Jul 2018 21:06GMT

Music Played

  • Nils Frahm & Arthur Jeffes

    Up Is Good

  • Hammers

  • Sonido Gallo Negro

    Mambo Egipcio

  • A Winged Victory for the Sullen

    Long May It Sustain

  • Lekhfa

    Mazzikaw Khof

  • Kont Rayeh

  • Sha Sha Kimbo

    Freak Me TD Nasty Remix

  • The End Of The Universe

  • Tamikrest

    Wainan Adobat

  • Mawarniha Tartit

  • Jiha Park


  • Saz'iso


  • La Peruanita

    Recuerda Corazon

  • Los Orientales

    Bailando en la Campina

  • Kanaku y El Tigre


  • Deltatron

    Ego Trip

  • JFDR


  • White Sun

  • Gyda Valtysdottir

    Ancient Mode I - Harry Partch

  • Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces

    Asaw Fofor

  • Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou

    Sembe Sembe


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