Review of the year.
As you perhaps noticed, it’s been a very long while since our last newsletter. April was it? What a year it turned out to be.
We were especially sad to see the impact of Coronavirus on the live music industry. Many close friends and colleagues that we’ve worked with over years have struggled with everything from illness and unemployment, to depression and suicide… this has been an incredibly difficult period.
However, we don’t want to dwell on that. From a purely selfish label perspective, (and from our little corner of the world), it has been a pretty good year for new music. Notable successes saw our main YouTube channel top 40 million streams in January (and subsequently boosted by a surge during the first lockdown) and several releases achieve chart positions around the globe. We have been lucky enough to remain relatively unaffected.
It was however the 15th anniversary of the label (established in 2005 obvs!) and we had planned celebrate with a compilation album and book set but events overtook us and the moment never quite felt right. We now intend to save the feel-good of becoming a grumpy mid-teenager for 2021. Fashionably late as ever.
It was with similar regret that our White Mink speakeasy saw, first the summer festival season disappear, and then our Christmas events cancelled. In particular we were disappointed to bail on the long-planned return to The Old Market in Brighton on New Years Eve.
We will be back soon with a further email of ‘thing-to-look-forward-to’ early in 2021. And there’s plenty. But in the meantime – we did just want to recap here some of the music we put out during this year. Just in case any of you are dependent on these intermittent newsletters for information! Please browse at your leisure. There’s a lot to take in but we hope it offers a little joy.
Stay safe and take care of yourselves.