Featured Label: ECC Records

ECC Records Ltd is a label dedicated to promoting radical new English roots music from folk to dub step to rap and spoken word. Set up in 2010 by Simon Emmerson from the Imagined Village and Afro Celt Sound System with Mark Constantine. The intention of the label is to have an artist driven label where the musicians keep control of their own music with the maximum amount of income getting paid over to the artist direct.

Other acts on the label include Dizraeli and the Small Gods, the UK’s most exciting live festival band fronted by Radio 4 slam poetry award winning rapper and poet, Dizraeli, and a band that features a sterling cast of young musicians including the UK female beat box champion Bella Trix. The labels breadth of vision reaches out to include Jackie Oates, Imagined Village member and BBC Radio 2 folk singer of the year who’s album Saturnine got nominated for best folk album of 2011.

Also on the label is Imagined Village cello player Barney Morse-Brown and his band Duotone whose latest ECC album Ropes was released to amazing review including album of the month and a 5 star review in Songlines magazine and was voted one of the top albums of 2012 in the Observer magazine.

ECC’s next release comes from Jackie Oates, whose 6th studio album ‘The Spyglass & The Herringbone’ is out on the 27 April. The new album explores lesser known but life-affirming songs from the English tradition, drawing on material dug from the archives, as well as some carefully selected original works including the title track by band member Chris Sarjeant.

Find out more about ECC Records on their website and Facebook page.