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Label Focus: Central Processing Unit

Label Focus: Central Processing Unit

Launched in 2012 by DJ Chris Smith, Central Processing Unit (CPU Records) is a Sheffield based independent label specialising in contemporary electronic music. Having just celebrated their 100th release, we caught up with Chris to discuss all things CPU, plans for 2022 and asked what advice he'd give for someone …

Label Focus: Reggae Roast

Label Focus: Reggae Roast

Reggae Roast are a record label, events company and soundsystem leading the resurgence of Reggae and Dancehall in the UK. Over the years the label have played host to the likes of Brother Culture, Horseman, Ranking Joe and more; in addition to putting on legendary events all over the UK. …

Label Focus: Glacial Movements

Label Focus: Glacial Movements

Glacial Movements is an Italian record label founded by Alessandro Tedeschi (aka Netherworld) specialising in ambient and electronic arctic soundscapes. We sat down with Alessandro to talk over the label's distinct sound and his plans for the future. What led you to start your own record label?  In 2004, I strongly felt …

Kudos May Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos May Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Lost Futures Lost Futures - a label that explores experimental and often radical approaches to dance music from the past - returns with a record from Cairo based project, PanSTARRS. An assured and intriguing blend of post-punk and electronics, ‘Ghaby Ghaby Ghaby’ is the confident and personal work of Youssef Abouzeid, …

Label Focus: 4Bit Productions

Label Focus: 4Bit Productions

4Bit Productions is a label run by Vienna based artist, composer and sound designer Ulrich Troyer. We sat down with Troyer to talk over his early career, what led him to start his own label and his future plans. It was a pleasure to distribute your reissue of NOK 2020 (originally …

Kudos April Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos April Bandcamp Day Recommendations

We Jazz As on the previous Bandcamp Friday dates, We Jazz Helsinki are celebrating the occasion by offering a 10% discount with code BCF0421. The code is valid for all items until Sunday night.   Brooklyn based drummer/producer Jason Nazary (of Anteloper) makes his We Jazz Records debut with "Spring Collection", released on 25 June. WJLP33 …

Label Focus: Record Kicks

Label Focus: Record Kicks

Set up in 2003 by Nicolò (aka Nick) Pozzoli, Record Kicks are a North Italian label championing the funk and soul sound. Record Kicks have been working closely with Kudos Distribution since 2004. Their catalog is a curation of artists old and new, with some of the finest funk, soul, rare …

Kudos March Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos March Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Gondwana Records Gondwana Records are offering a selection of limited edition vinyl from Matthew Halsall, Mammal Hands, Portico Quartet and more. Also, check out the upcoming release 'Truly' from Caoilfhionn Rose - available to pre-order now. Kitto Records Kitto Records have kindly decided to repress their latest release from Andrew Ashong & Kaidi …

Label Focus: Jalapeno Records

Label Focus: Jalapeno Records

Twenty years strong, Jalapeno Records is a cornerstone of the UK Funk and Soul scene. We spoke with label boss Trevor McNamee to talk over the label’s rich history, successes and plans for 2021. How did Jalapeno Records begin?  The label was launched in 2000 by Elliot Ireland and Alex Rizzo who recorded at …

Kudos Febraury Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos Febraury Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Happy Bandcamp Day! Here are some special releases, merchandise and discounts from our labels. Gondwana Records Gondwana Records are offering a selection of limited edition vinyl from Gogo Penguin, Mammal Hands and more. Also, check out the upcoming release 'Truly' from Caoilfhionn Rose - available to pre-order now. Freestyle Records Freestyle Records have just …

Kudos December Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos December Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Happy Bandcamp Day! Here are some special releases, merchandise and discounts from our labels. Gondwana Records Gondwana are running an autumn sale on limited edition tees, totes, slip mats, prints and more! Today is the last day so don't sleep on this. Freestyle Records Freestyle Records have just announced 'Hope' - the new single …

Label Focus: We Jazz Records

Label Focus: We Jazz Records

Founded in 2016, We Jazz Records are a label that consistently release forward-thinking, cutting edge jazz music. Based in Helsinki, Finland, the last four years have seen the label cement themselves within the Finnish Jazz scene and beyond. Not only do they own their own record store - a place for …

Kudos November Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos November Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Happy Bandcamp Day! Here are some special releases, merchandise and discounts from our labels. Freestyle Records Freestyle Records have just announced the upcoming new album from Australian 9-piece Spiritual Jazz group Menagerie. Their highly anticipated third album ‘Many Worlds’ is available for pre-order now on the label's Bandcamp. Banoffee Pies Bristol born, Berlin based …

Label Focus: Wah Wah 45s

Label Focus: Wah Wah 45s

Wah Wah 45s started in the late 90's as a string of underground parties which were the brainchild of the late Simon Goss and his brother Chris. In '97, they were offered a residency at The Jazz Cafe and the rest is history. The last twenty years have seen Wah …

Kudos October Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos October Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Happy Bandcamp Day! Here are some special releases, merchandise and discounts from our labels. Banoffee Pies are not holding back this bandcamp day, first up - for a limited amount of time they are offering VIP Membership, at an annual fee of £50 you can instantly get everything they release, and …

Label Focus: Banoffee Pies

Label Focus: Banoffee Pies

Born in Bristol and recently relocated to Berlin, Banoffee Pies is a record label, DJ act and events company set up by Ell Weston (aka DJ Autumn) back in 2014. Over the last six years the label have championed household names and emerging artists, all while sticking to the mantra …

Label Focus: Jazz re:freshed

Label Focus: Jazz re:freshed

Founded by Justin Mckenzie and Adam Moses in 2003, Jazz re:freshed is a contemporary jazz record label based in London. The label has been home to some of the most exciting talent to come out of the London Jazz scene, (think Shabaka Hutchings, SEED Ensemble, Nubya Garcia, Rosie Turton) but …

Kudos August Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos August Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Happy Bandcamp Day! Since the first edition back in March 2020, the platform has generated over $75million in revenue on their fee-waiver Fridays going directly to artists and labels affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. To further support artists, Bandcamp have revealed it will host Bandcamp Fridays once monthly for the …

Label Focus: First Word Records

Label Focus: First Word Records

In operation since 2003, First Word Records is a collaboration between music heads Aly and Andy born out of the desire to put out music they wanted to hear. Sixteen years later the label have a diverse selection of talented signees and a string of successful releases under their belt. …

Kudos July Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos July Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Today, Bandcamp are once again waiving their fees to support artists and labels affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. After the ongoing success of their 24 hour ‘Bandcamp Friday’ events, July sees artists and labels once again offering donations, special merch and more.  This Friday we have lined up five special bandcamp …

Kudos June Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos June Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Today, for the second time since the start of lockdown, Bandcamp are waiving their revenue share to help artists and labels impacted by Covid-19 cover all those basic yet crucial costs and keep going despite the loss of touring income. Kudos provides a Bandcamp pick, pack and dispatch service for many …

Kudos May Bandcamp Day Recommendations

Kudos May Bandcamp Day Recommendations

On March 20, 2020, Bandcamp waived their revenue share in order to help artists and labels impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bandcamp community showed up in a massive way, spending $4.3 million on music and merch—15x the amount of a normal Friday— helping artists and labels cover rents, mortgages, …

Covid-19 Distribution Status Update

Covid-19 Distribution Status Update

Physical Distribution With much of the world currently on “lockdown” as we attempt to manage the spread of the virus, many high street stores have had to close their doors.  This will inevitably impact the ordering habits of stores and the buying habits of their customers but many indie shops are …

Record Store of the Day

Record Store of the Day

The next few months will be very difficult for independent music retailers.  Most (if not all) will need to close their doors to personal callers in order to support social distancing.  “Crate Digging” is not really a suitable activity during this type of viral pandemic!   But the appetite for music will …

Kudos Records and Covid-19

Kudos Records and Covid-19

Kudos’s physical and digital distribution systems are de-centralised and co-located.  All sales and label managers, developers and account staff are now working from home in order to practice social distancing.  Warehouse staff remain on site in Kentish Town, but the removal of all office staff does significantly reduce personal contact.  …

Spotify Windfall

Spotify Windfall

As you may have seen in the news, Spotify recently floated on the NY stock exchange. Merlin (the rights agency which represents independent labels ) received an equity stake in Spotify at launch and have now disposed of these shares on the open market. Proceeds from this sale have been distributed …

New Digital Services & Partners At Kudos

New Digital Services & Partners At Kudos

With the likes of Spotify & Apple grabbing all of the headlines recently, we thought we should mention some of the smaller services (covering territories including pan-Asia, Australia, Africa and Russia) that we have recently rolled out integrations with. VKontakte / United Media Agency The agreement, secured via UMA, will allow social …

25 years of Kudos Records Ltd

25 years of Kudos Records Ltd

Kudos Records is 25 years old today. We are good at distributing, but bad at blowing our own trumpet. However, we felt 25 years was a milestone worth celebrating. Over £25M paid out to over 1,000 labels (past and present). 25,000+ releases distributed. 74,000+ digital tracks delivered. 11 current employees, 27 …

Bandcamp Fulfilment

Bandcamp Fulfilment

  Direct to Consumer sales are now an essential part of any label strategy, both in terms of generating income and developing a customer base. It enables artists and labels to build direct relationships with fans in a way that is simply not possible though the traditional label -> distributor -> …

Kudos – A Year in Numbers

Kudos – A Year in Numbers

The IFPI recently published their "State of the Industry" report for 2016.  We were curious to see how closely these industry-wide figures reflect the changes we’re seeing within our niche sector of the music marketplace so we’ve spent some time analysing our sales stats for comparison. Below are a few trends …

Job: Sales and Label Manager (non-electronic genres)

Job: Sales and Label Manager (non-electronic genres)

Kudos Records is an independent music distribution company (est 1992). We provide physical and digital distribution services to a hand-picked selection of quality, independent record labels. Due to continued expansion, there now exists an opportunity to join our sales and label management team.. Based in our busy Kentish Town office, core responsibilities …

New Sub-Distributors for South East Asia & Mainland China

New Sub-Distributors for South East Asia & Mainland China

Kudos are happy to announce a new strategic partnership with KDigital.  KDigital will sub-distribute Kudos Records' digital catalogue to local services across South East Asia and the Middle East, including Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Phillippines,  Indonesia, Vietnam, Mynamar, Laos, Cambodia, India, Japan, UAE and Taiwan. Our agreement with KDigital is …

The Fair Digital Deal Declaration

The Fair Digital Deal Declaration

Much of the focus of the ongoing streaming debate has rightly moved away from “how much do these digital services pay?”, to “how much of this money actually finds its ways back to the artists?”. It would seem (judging from the per stream rates reported by some artists) that there are …

YouTube’s New Subscription Service and Your Music

YouTube’s New Subscription Service and Your Music

As you may have read in the news recently, there is a bit of a dispute brewing between the indie music sector and YouTube over its planned subscription music service. Apparently, YouTube plan to launch a subscription service, where, in exchange for a monthly fee, consumers can watch YouTube music …

The Price Isn’t Right

The Price Isn’t Right

In our recent Record Store Day post, we commented that if we really want to support music retail, we need an all round re-appraisal of pricing and discounts. Sadly, the music industry has an inherent inability to optimise prices. The current retail landscape The recorded music market is currently running with two …

Record Store Day 2014 Frustration

Kudos’ physical release schedule will be pretty quiet for the next few weeks. This isn’t a seasonal issue. The early spring sunshine isn’t keeping shoppers away from the high street. In fact, March and April have traditionally been very strong trading months. The cause of this new release drought might …

Kudos are YouTube Certified

The YouTube platform is probably the most complex of all our income streams. In order to ensure we are capable of giving labels the most informed advice on YouTube strategy, three of us from Kudos undertook in depth YouTube training at Google’s UK HQ. Having passed an exam at the …

Kudos are “Straight to Store” at iTunes.

Apple has become one of the world’s largest companies by focusing on user experience. They design hardware and software that looks as good as it functions. Visual aesthetic has always been a massive part of its USP. So how does this ethos apply to iTunes? Look closely at any music product …

HMV in Administration

As I'm sure you are all now aware, the HMV chain has gone into administration. The HMV.com website is now closed for business, and the outlook for HMV and FOPP’s remaining high street stores looks, at least today, rather bleak. This is of course a tragedy, especially for the 4,000+ …

Ten tracks that influenced The Herbaliser

In anticipation of the upcoming new album from The Herbaliser, group member Jake Wherry was asked to list ten tracks that influenced him and inspired him to start The Herbaliser. 01. Double Dee and Steinski - Lesson 2 (The James Brown Mix) Double Dee and Steinski ARE cut and paste. Niftily spliced …

How to successfully market on Facebook (via Lifehacker)

Just found this Lifehacker post which I thought was worth sharing. By numbers alone, there are more people that regularly sign into Facebook than Twitter + Myspace + YouTube combined. While we are all aware of the importance of Facebook as a way of engaging with our audience (Sorry, but I …

Darla Record Group – Now Distributed By Kudos

We are very pleased to announce we are now distributing the Darla label group for the UK and Europe. Darla are home to such artists as My Morning Jacket, Harold Budd, bvdub and the debut Oneohtrix Point Never album.   Still loading up the catalogue.  Exciting Times !!

Kudos Records podcast featured on iTunes

The inaugural Kudos Records podcast has been featured in the "New & Noteworthy" section of the iTunes store! Hosted by our very own Ben Morris, the first episode features tracks from the likes of Part-Time Heroes (Wah Wah 45s), Krystal Klear (Eglo), Maylee Todd (Do Right), and Blue Rhythm Combo (Jazzman …

More “Good News” for 2012 please!

New Year’s Resolution As the end of the year approaches, many of you will, no doubt, be considering your New Year’s resolutions. I don’t usually bother (I have zero will-power!), but for 2012 I think I might resolve to unsubscribe from most of the music industry blogs and news sheets. There are …

Streaming Services (yet again).

Just after I posted my “Streaming Services” article, we heard the news that one of our competitors, ST Holdings, had withdrawn their entire catalogue from all the major streaming services. A number of our distributed labels have asked us for our thoughts on this development. Just to be clear, we take …

Streaming Services (again).

So the debate about streaming services continues. Last week we had Coldplay hold their new releases back from Spotify, while this morning, we have an opinion piece in Digital Music News suggesting a digital distribution strategy where streaming services are relegated to cater only for deep back catalogue. Context Estimates vary, but …

Kudos welcomes Affine, Earnest Endeavours and Lil Pitch!

We at Kudos are very pleased to announce that Affine, Earnest Endeavours and Lil Pitch have joined our loving distribution roster. Affine, the Vienna-based electronica label, feature the likes of Dorian Concept, Ogris Debris and The Clonious. Their latest album, from Zanshin, is out physically on 14 November and is out …

Site Placement Results; Right On The Portal!

Site placement can make a dramatic difference to your release's sales. Every week, the label management team at Kudos sits down and reviews all our digital releases. We then decide our placement strategy; which tracks we are going to pitch for site placement to which store. We use a number of criteria …