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 are the recently signed 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, ImaginedVillage member and Radio 2 folk singer of the year who’s album Saturnine got nominated for best folk album of 2011.
Both Jackie Oates and Dizraeli and The Small Gods released new albums on March 18th 2013.
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.
The label has just signed underground dub step act The Gaslight Troubadours, who mix Victorian steam punk music hall with mad cutting edge beats. Their album will be available in October 2013 as a multi media project.
ECC works closely with Gorilla Perfumes and Lush Cosmetics. We will be releasing a 20 minute, post classic composition called “Set In Stone” that comprises 6 tracks inspired by 6 Gorilla perfumes, composed by ImaginedVillage keyboard player Simon Richmond and viola player and musical director/composer John Metcalf who has recently been orchestrating and touring the Peter Gabriel back catalogue.
Following this Sheema Mukherjee, Imagined Village and Transglobal Underground sitar player has an album in production that will be released later in 2013 with a similar product tie in of perfumes inspired by her music. The 1st of these is Sikkim Girls already available and a best seller through the Lush shops.
These perfumes were launched at Lush’s very own festival last summer, which included Dizraeli blowing up two cars. Other product tie-ins between ECC Records and Lush/Gorilla Perfume has been the Imagined Village inspired best selling Lush bath ballistic Space Girl: A face foundation, colour supplement called Jackie Oates even a charcoal based underarm deodorant for the busy man about town taken from the lead track on the new IV album called The Guvna. ECC Records is a label that has a unique, uncompromising identity and a creative vision that is constantly looking for new ways to market and sell music. It is backed by one of England’s pioneering radical entrepreneurs Mark Constantine. It is a label that has an amazingly creative rostrum of musicians, producers, performers and writers that is now ready to reach out onto an international stage.
Lush Spa MusicIs this the most unusual and unlikely collaboration so far in folk and rock music? Simon Emmerson, leading light in both The Imagined Village and Afro Celt Sound System, teams up with Lush Cosmetics co-founder Mark Constantine for a set of CDs that draw deeply on both a love of folk music traditions and bird song. The result is an innovative project, put together partly to act as a sound accompaniment to Lush’s various spa treatments and massages yet also a stand-alone musical pleasure. Given folk music’s use in the past for such social functions as seasonal celebrations, crop fertility and dancing, it must be the first time this has been extended to massage and spa treatments. What will surprise many listeners, however, is that the music here, rather than being a commercial response to this collaboration, remains as bold and innovative as that produced in recent years by The Imagined Village and others pushing the boundaries of folk tradition.
The Sound ApproachSimon Emmerson had also worked with Mark Constantine before on composing the music for a bird book released through Mark’s independent publishing company, The Sound Approach. The book is called Birding From The Hip, and is a collection of amusing birding stories from the pen of Irish birder, Anthony McGeehan. Anthony narrated a selection of his stories which were put to new music from Simon and woven around bird song recorded by The Sound Approach. These compositions were released across two CDs that came with the book, with The Guardian describing it’s author as “a cross between Hunter S Thompson and James Joyce.” The Sound Approach, as well as publishing their own books, are also a collection of birders who hope to record every bird song in the Western Palearctic. They were founded in 2000 by Mark Constantine, Arnoud van den Berg and Magnus Robb and aim to popularise bird song.
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