The Sound of: Belters (Huntleys + Palmers)

Since 2007, Huntleys + Palmers has stood on the helm of Glasgow’s digital underground. Started by Andrew Thomson as a small get together sequence, H + P has since advanced into one thing a lot, a lot greater than anybody – not least Thomson himself – predicted.

From these events the label was born, changing into an early champion of acts like SOPHIE and Auntie Flo and occurring to launch music by Hi & Saberhägen, Lena Willikens and Mehmet Aslan in addition to dropping 4 free digital compilations – ‘Clyde Built’ – that includes music from rising artists popping out of Glasgow. To date, H + P and its assorted sub-labels have amassed over 60 releases.

In 2015 Thomson, Auntie Flo and Phonox’s latest resident Esa Williams arrange Highlife World Series (itself an off-shoot off the Highlife label and get together arrange by Thomson and Flo in 2010). The internationally focussed sub-label to H + P turned most well-known for releasing three EPs celebrating music from Uganda, Kenya and Cuba respectively. The releases have been an enormous success and highlighted H + P’s dedication to be a label like no different. This 12 months, Highlife returned with its 20th launch, sharing the extremely addictive and joyous ‘Marry Me’ by South Africa’s DJ Call Me.

In 2017, H+ P introduced that after 10 years of unforgettable membership nights, it might be ending events sequence to focus totally on the label. With a heartening, brief documentary by Stamp The Wax celebrating the institutional events in addition to a few ultimate blowouts to ship it off, H + P solidified itself as a significant a part of the scene not simply in Glasgow, not simply within the UK, however internationally.

And it continues to take action. Since turning his focus completely onto the label facet of issues, Thomson has poured much more gasoline into the Belters imprint, a sub-label launched in 2016 with the intention of placing out, nicely, membership belters. With releases this 12 months on the imprint together with EPs from Wheelman, General Ludd, Block Univers and Naum Gabo and a complete lot extra on the agenda for the approaching months, the long run for Belters is shiny. Huntleys + Palmers itself in the meantime, has some thrilling releases by itself horizons, extra of which you’ll be able to find out about in our interview with Thomson beneath.

He’s additionally been sort sufficient to serve up an hour of Belters exclusives, each forthcoming and from the again catalog. It’s wonderful. Obviously. Check it out beneath! 

The Sound of: Belters (Huntleys + Palmers)

Can you give us a quick historical past of H + P, from its origins as a small get together to changing into such a broadly revered label.

“I began placing on events in Glasgow in 2007, they have been partly born out of frustration that nobody was reserving the artists and DJs who I used to be getting enthusiastic about and over time. That ethos remained all through the 10 12 months span of selling.

“Looking again, I assume the principle driving power behind the bookings was my very own musical discovery and I’ve all the time been propelled by new and rising artists. So when it got here to beginning a label, I did not see the purpose in releasing music by individuals who have been already connected to a label and had this notion that the music would discover me. One day a pal, Brian, despatched me some music he’d been engaged on for some suggestions and I believe he’d hoped I would be capable to go it on to another person. Musically it embodied every thing I used to be presently into at that time and I knew instantly that I needed to launch it. Those tracks turned the primary Auntie Flo album, we launched a number of singles earlier than then, Villalobos performed the primary one, it received repressed instantly and we have been off!”

How do you are feeling the panorama H + P operates inside now’s totally different to what it was in 2007. Do you suppose when you have been to begin this enterprise now, fully contemporary, it might be capable to evolve the identical means because it did? Would be simpler or more durable?

“As I am repeatedly working with new artists, I am consistently serious about this type of factor. Trying to determine methods for them to navigate their means by the trade. One factor I’ve positively felt I am doing extra of is managing expectations. I believe social media has elevated expectations and perpetuates this glamorous way of life of touring, events, festivals and so on and sells the dream that with one breakthrough or hit document, you may be within the gang and doing the identical. Whilst that may occur now and again, the fact is commonly extra of a slog.

“The present local weather typically feels such as you simply want a trendy Instagram account and the music is secondary. I am engaged on a brand new challenge in the mean time and have been serious about the entry degree and it does really feel like issues have progressed for the higher and you do not essentially have to begin selling or a label or DJing to take part within the scene. These all assist, however they felt like a requirement earlier than.”

The Sound of: Belters (Huntleys + Palmers)Andrew Thomson