Has anyone come across a label called Compulsion / Believe – they pop up on both emusic and amazon digital with albums like Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch and Wayne Shorter Speak No Evil. They have generic cover art – always a bad sign – but the albums appear to be identical in terms of tracks, timings and running orders to the . Are these the original albums or some strange re-recording? A quick google reveals Believe may be a French digital music distribution platform but that’s all.
Yesterday Mr Squeezer and were discussing how some artists are very difficult to categorise. Good thing too, if you ask me. Labeling is for librarians. Musicians should be promiscuously hopping into bed with other genres to see what happens.
We mentioned the ECM record label. Despite having artists from jazz, folk, ambient, classical, electronica etc, they have established a distinctive sound: sparse, meditative, innovative and perhaps a little icy and Teutonic too.
If they do ever release a beach party album, then we’ll know they’ve been bought by a beer company and all hope is lost. An ECM beach is a solitary, wind-swept place, probably on the Baltic Sea, where the only sound is the wind and the seagulls. A statuesque Teutonic blonde wearing nothing but an ancient Viking necklace strides into the waves tootling sporadically on an ancient oboe.
My question to you is: which other labels have managed to establish such a coherent identity?
Regardless of the genre, one can guess that an artist will belong there.
You’re welcome to go back in time here. Trojan, Island, Creation, Music For Pleasure, Blue Note all spring to mind.
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