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Youth launches new “global beats label”

By | Published on Monday 25 September 2017

Suriya Recordings

Record producer and Killing Joke bassist Youth has formally announced the launch of a new label to be called Suriya Recordings. Described as “a unique global beats label”, the new venture is a partnership with the PRSSV Institute Of Performing Arts And Heritage, a London-based organisation that celebrates and teaches the performing arts of India.

Explains Youth: “My vision was to create a new platform for musicians from around the world, combining ancient musical artforms with my sonic treatments. With the support and partnership of PRSSV, an organisation with incredible artistic influence, we are able to access some of the finest artists and musicians from India for our first set of releases”.

The label’s first two releases are Duende India Collective’s ‘Escapology’, described as “an ambient odyssey of Indian instrumentation, spoken word and vocals cut with lush Flamenco”, and Indotranceltic’s ‘Stone Horse’, billed as “a collection of chilled soundscapes of ancient Celtic and Indian sounds”.

Youth hopes to dip into musical forms from across the world on future releases, adding of the new venture: “The aim is to collaborate further with artists and instrumentation from around the world. In these dark times of change and conflict, we create music that brings new hope and possibilities. Suriya Recordings will operate like a worker collective and is all about pushing the boundaries of an already rich musical and cultural seam”.

The first two releases officially launch at an event at Rich Mix in London on 27 Oct, which will include performances from both Duende India Collective and Indotranceltic.

Before that, Youth will host the second edition of the International Cosmic Arts Lab festival at his Space Mountain studio complex in Spain. That runs from 6-8 Oct – info here.