Here at Records On Ribs we are very excited to announce three upcoming records.
The first is the debut full length from Nottingham based Surfacing. Eponymously titled, this is an intriguing, experimental record melding together everything from black metal to folk to Hessle Audio style minimalist post-dubstep dance. It also features ROR co-founder David Bell on vocals and laptops.
The first is Sunscraper – which is as euphoric and symphonic as it is sublime and ridiculous. Sunscraper goes where few albums would dare to tread; a masterpiece of doom metal that effortlessly plumbs earthly depths and scales celestial heights. It’s emotionally powerful too: by far and away the most vocal-centric Empires album yet, it expresses both desperation in the face of eternity and immense joy in love and human kindness. There are some lovely moments here that head towards folk.
The second is CVRSES Without doubt this is the heaviest All the Empires album yet, and that’s saying something. The bone crushing enormity of their earlier albums is retained, but there’s a newfound ferocity and desperation on display too. Its bleak, fast as hell and throughly magnificent.
We’ll have a sampler of both records ready for you very soon.
We at Records On Ribs are very proud to announce that we have been acquired by Universal Music Group with the intention of rebooting EMI Music as platform for the global distribution of Creative Commons music assets.
Starting today Records On Ribs will be heading up the new EMI, a company centred around the Creative Commons division, providing exclusive access to a fresh stable of EMI artist content under a Creative Commons license. Donations will be able to be made through EMI’s forthcoming EMICoin platform.
Speaking this morning, Records On Ribs co-founder David Bell said “This is an exciting new phase in the Records On Ribs project. We hope that our listeners will be willing to come on this journey with us “. Greg Roberts of Universal Music Group said “We are very excited to be reviving the iconic EMI brand with a fresh online start, aimed squarely at the market who have never known anything else other than online sound”.
Current Records On Ribs music will be shortly exclusively available through the EMI SoundBlast™ platform allowing distribution to user’s social networks. SoundBlast™ features “better sharing”, a light DRM platform that allows users to distribute music to their peers through the EMI PeerGuard™ network.
Records on Ribs is just over 6 years old now. Our latest release – Talk Less Say More’s Violent - is flying off the shelves. Cerebal Rift gave it a whopping 9/10 with praise for its songcraft, its production and – well – lots more besides.
And now you can go back in time to those halcyon days of 2008 when EL Heath’s Winter Soundtrack was released by popping over to Eric’s own Plenty Wenlock label and buying a limited edition CD version of that fine album (see pic above), which has been remixed by Eric and remastered by Mike Rowley (epic45, The Arm, Component#4) for the occasion; and which comes in a handmade paper sleeve hand-stamped with new artwork by Victoria Clinton Fine Art.
We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be releasing Talk Less Say More’s album Violent in February of next year. The follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed England Without Rain, it’s another stonking record full of hooks, curveballs and hands-in-the-air triumph. Like its predecessor, though, there’s a darkness (a violence, even) lurking in the background.
With an expanded instrumental palette and stunning songwriting we’re confident you’ll love it. It’ll be released on 9th February as high quality MP3/FLAC and on CD.
a netlabel release without parallel anywhere. In fact this is the best record of the year, period. It hasn’t been off my MP3 player since it was released.
This album doesn’t contain a duff track, a bum note or a single foot wrong. It’s perfect.
It redefines and reclaims pop music as a genre – begone you Simon Cowell generated karaoke-bots, begone you factory assembled hit machine girl bands! This is original, electro-pop music as a work of art, something that is lovingly created, rather than cynically, synthetically packaged.
This album absolute pings with imagination, creativity, wit and it’s impossible not to get excited by that.
Part of this is precisely what we have always tried to do with Records On Ribs: produce music using this distribution model that is better than music available elsewhere. So if you haven’t heard it yet, have a listen to England Without Rain through download right now.
In early January we’ll be putting out All The Empires Of World‘s latest. A record long awaited, it differs in mood (considerably bleaker) and mode (considerably harder, perhaps more experimental) than previous outings. Have a listen here:
On March 5th we’ll be putting out a record we are really very excited about, Heavy Air by Blue Ducks. Blue Ducks first full length recording, Heavy Air finds Justin leaping from behind the decks to take to the microphone for the first time, still combining it with his dreamy glitched production. Here is a little flavour from the record:
2013 marks the 5th year of us doing Records On Ribs. For old times sake, here is what the preview home page used to look like! We’ll be celebrating in style, but watch this space as to how!
Today one of the music stories doing the rounds is the leak of The Ting Tings album, which has apparently made its way onto file sharing networks. This is the latest in a long line of leaks. I would suspect, despite attempts to stall through copy protection, most records are now leaked prior to release. This is the reality. As Records On Ribs is in part an experiment with “being a record label” this made me consider some things.
At ROR we still believe in release dates, even if just for the moment. Some of our artists are happy for us to just put their music out, but others, we feel we need some lead in. Simply, a release date gives you a calendar and a moment in your mind to work promotion towards, get things ready and produce any physical copies in a timely fashion. So the release for our next record, Talk Less, Say More‘s England Without Rain is the 26th of February. Unless you are Radiohead and can just throw up a blog post and let the internet do the rest, if you want the release to reach as many ears as possible, which is always our intention, you need to do promotion, so a release date sets out the mental map.
At the moment when we send music out in advance (for download only, CDs are wasteful in advance we feel), the following message can be found attached:
Although we [Records On Ribs] allow file-sharing as all our releases are distributed under a Creative Commons License, we ask that you use your use common sense when distributing material that is unreleased.
Today’s leak got me thinking about this. These thoughts are naturally sketchy, incomplete and likely have their serious flaws and incoherence. But they effected a change in policy here.
Why do people leak records? I’d imagine there are a few motivations, motivations which I think are likely slightly different from sharing in general. The first, which I’d imagine is the most common: genuine fandom and love of the music to the point you want others to hear it. This seems to be the case for the Ting Tings release, where the band were only informed by checking their @ replies on Twitter. The second reason is to do with the file-sharing community in general. Simply put, early leaking records carries a great deal of respect in these circles.
I’ll leave the second reason aside of this to one side for the moment, as it would take me far outside the remit of this blog post and deal with the former reason. Sharing music in advance is somewhat of an effort. At the least, it probably requires ripping the CD, uploading it, tagging and so on. Putting my artist hat on for the moment, if people felt sufficiently enthused by my music to go through this, I would be flattered, not offended. Another interesting fact: the people who do the most leaking are journalists, likely. Their motivations would be interesting to consider on this.
Yet this is perhaps naive. There are obvious reasons why people take the opposite stance. The most obvious reason is commercial, some of the issues we have discussed before on this blog. A leak is not massively different from any para-legal file sharing in this regard, though likely more irksome as it undermines promotional efforts and makes the record less “fresh” when it does reach the release date. I think some of this is fixation in the mind of the artist on “my record will be out then”, its a little like people opening their records before Christmas, the trashing of effort for a certain day and surprise. The other issue is the leaking of unfinished material that does not represent the final vision of the artist involved. This to my mind seems significantly more annoying, though also reflects a hunger for your music that, looked at awry, could also be flattering.
However, in terms of promotion of the record, a well placed leak might do it no harm at all. Not only does it have the (undeniably complex) promotional effects of file sharing in general, but it also creates a buzz around an artist. The Ting Tings album, for one, took a gigantic leap to the front page of The Guardian website. Before this, I wasn’t even aware of the record, or that this artist were still making music. Now at least I am aware of its existence and will likely listen to the singles in passing. Whatever the subjective stance of the artists in this case (they were annoyed) the objective result is a bump.
Doubtless, if someone went to the trouble of leaking one of our records, it would improve its spread and we’d be pleased. Since we are Creative Commons in any case, has no material effect. Therefore, in future then Records On Ribs releases will have the following message:
Records On Ribs operate a pro-leak policy. If you are listening to this record prior to release, if you like and want to share it, please do so by leaking it under the terms of our standard Creative Commons License. Thanks a lot, we appreciate it.
If you leak our records, we’d be pleased. So if you get a chance to leak England Without Rain (out on the 26th of February), knock yourself out. Extra points go to ripping the stream from SoundCloud and uploading it to YouTube.
Of course, you else can listen to the album below before MP3/FLAC/Ogg downloads and physical copies are available on the 26th.
‘it’s time to reclaim pop. Let “England Without Rain” be your first step’- Contact Music
On 26th February we’ll be releasing England Without Rain, our sixth full length release from Talk Less, Say More and his strongest work yet (yes, we know labels always say that – but trust us on this one). We struggled for hours to write the press release for this because we’re so hyped about it, and we think you’ll be hooked on just one listen too. Quite simply, it’s a brilliant pop record which should appeal to anyone who likes Hot Chip, Kompakt Records, 808s and Heartbreaks era Kanye or 80s Fleetwood Mac; or, for that matter, anyone who has ears. If you can’t wait until released date, you can stream the whole thing already, and we certainly advise that you do:
It’s been a busy time at RoR Cybertowers, for largely non-RoR related reasons. But with PhDs out of the way, house moves completed and much more besides we’re delighted to announce an exciting run of releases for you over the next few months.
This will begin on Wednesday 9th November with the much-anticipated release of Return, the third (and final) release from All The Empires of the World. It’s a monstrous record that amplifies the Jodorowsky desert vibes of Blessingswith Godflesh menace and their most extreme sonic explorations yet.
All The Empires of the World's Return, out on Nov 9th
Following that we’ll be releasing England Without Rain by Talk Less, Say More. This is Jell’s poppiest album to date, and perhaps also his most experimental: the restrictive form of the pop song giving rise to all sorts of playful brilliance which will appeal to fans of Hot Chip, Junior Boys and WhoMadeWho, as well as his earlier work for us.
In the more distant future we’ve got releases from a fantastic slew of new ‘signings’. Expect insurrectionary no-wave pop from L.H.O.O.Q., haunted noise from Ghostly Porters, dissonantly beautiful modern composition from Syuzhetand broken kraut from The Exploits of Elaine. We also hope to release a recording of Surfacing‘s commission for Nottingham Contemporary art gallery. Entitled What Is This That Stands Before Me it’s a piece exploring dissonance and hope and is inspired by Klaus Weber’s sculpture Large Dark Windchime (Arab Tritone). You can book to see it performed (for free) here- there will also be a talk on dissonance, political organisation and hope (full abstract on the link).
We also hope to be able to announce a new release from EL Heath soon, but in the meantime we advise you to purchase his excellent new album on Wayside and Woodland- Haunted Woodland Vol. 2, which you can (and should) buy from Norman Records. It’s the second in a series of limited edition albums in which Wayside and Woodland artists explore the darkness and decay of the Staffordshire and Shropshire woodland and is inspired by Longnor woods in Shropshire (not to mention The White Lady of Longnor): it’s quite the ghostly treat and will appeal to fans of Ghost Box and Miasmah Records, as well as Eric’s releases for us. But be quick, there are only 50 and they won’t last long!
You might also like to check out a set from EL Heath recorded for IKON gallery’s Slow Boat Festival back in September, which is streaming here. This was recorded on a narrow boat as it trundled around Birmingham’s canals and finds Heath backed by members of epic45 and Rob Dunsford.
Tom Robinson on BBC 6music’s Introducing has said kind words about RoR before, and is set to feature Les Étoiles’ lastest release- the heartbreaking Little Measurements- on his next show, which is on from 1am-3am tonight, and which can be iPlayered 24 hours after its broadcast (for a week, I believe).
Little Measurements can be downloaded (for free) right here.