The Label Recordings, Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, is championing the region’s best new music with back-to-back releases this Spring.
The four new singles by Shrinking Minds, Oranj Son, Ali Horn and Joel Thomas are produced by Carl Hunter, Media lecturer and bassist of Liverpool band The Farm, alongside a team of student volunteers keen to get hands-on experience of the music industry.
Shrinking Minds, featuring Edge Hill student Liam Evans on guitar and vocals, released their second single, Something Better, in March. Described as “a riot of fuzzy guitars, full on bass and snarling vocals”, the track has received glowing reviews and earned the Merseyside trio a place on Spotify’s ‘hot new bands’ playlist.
April saw the release of Ali Horn’s debut solo single, Days Like Today, a slice of psychedelic summer pop that the singer calls “feel good heartbreak music”. The single has gained considerable airplay and Ali was in session on BBC Radio Merseyside’s BBC Introducing programme.
Rounding up The Label’s Spring offerings are psych punk four-piece Oranj Son and newcomer, Joel Thomas, who both release singles in May. Still by Oranj Son is the second single from the up-and-coming Liverpool band whose bassist, Bradley Walsh, is a student on Edge Hill’s Music, Media and Sound course. Following in his footsteps is fellow student Joel Thomas, whose debut, Sunshine Funshine, is described by Carl Hunter as “Teenage Fanclub meets Dinosaur Jnr”.
Four records back to back is a very healthy output for a small label like ours. But for us, it’s not about quantity, it’s all about the quality of the music we put out. We’re not just churning out mediocrity just so the students can get some experience of the music industry. I believe we have a duty of care to our students to make sure they’re associated with something good. We want to develop a culture and environment where they can learn a lot but also do something they can be proud of.”
Clare Heney, Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Production, mentors the students through the music video process. She said: “The quality of videos produced are highly creative and offer students a professional environment to produce films and get their work seen. Videos for these latest tracks have attracted some very positive press.”
Carl added: “Everyone associated with these singles – from the musicians to the students designing the CD artwork and making the videos – is part of making the record label a success – and that’s a great thing to have on your CV.”