Manchester’s own ukelele troubadour Jam on Bread has impeccable taste. Having seen him at gigs for Parenthetical Girls andInternet Forever, it’s hard for me to turn this post into anything other than an admission of stalking the poor man. Anyway, he’s also recorded a touching song called ‘I heart Labrador records’. A love letter to the Swedish label, it’s a description both of Jam’s love for the company, whilst also the distance he feels from the label as they only sign Swedish acts.
Anyway, as the song tells us, the label does has a ridiculous amount of talent, especially given the limited pool of talent it keeps itself too. Don’t believe it? Well, whilst most other labels can be tetchy about giving away their wares for free, Labrador understand the power of giving away a few free tracks here and there. Not only that, they also understand the importance of things being incredibly easy, and have demonstrated this by compressing all their free mp3’s into one handy 450mb zip file for you to download from their official website.
Featuring bands such as Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, Edson and Club 8, this is pretty much the perfect intoduction to what will slowly become your new favourite label. It’s a testament to the size of the roster, but also the enduring quality that runs throughout it. Definitely worth downloading – and you don’t even have to feel bad about it. It’s filled with 85 top quality Scandinavian indie-pop songs, and you regretting it is a mathematical impossibility.
Jam on Bread – I heart Labrador Records (mediafire)
Acid House Kings
Araid of Stairs
Little Big Adeventure
The Mary Onettes
The Radio Dept.
The Sound of Arrows
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Waltz for Debbie