Record Label: The Wire
Releases of the year
We asked our contributors to nominate their top 10 vinyl, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votes
Our contributors look back on 2015’s cultural highs and lows
Pictures Of Infinity
Stewart Smith on the cosmic jazz connection
Leave The Capital
Abi Bliss on underground music thriving outside the metropolis
Writing And Difference
Frances Morgan on women writing about music
Richard Stacey on MCs growing up in public
Patrick Ward on the return of the concept album
Our specialist critics select music that rocked their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to the outer limits
A cast of 2015’s most active movers and shakers shine the spotlight on their cultural year
Archive Releases Of The Year
Our contributors voted for their Top 10 reissue or archival albums, tracks and downloads, and we counted them all up
The French collage artist tape-tackles the jumble of daily life. By Nick Cain
The film maker reveals truths about the modern city via parables of a depopulated future. By Emily Bick
DW Robertson (aka Ergo Phizmiz) assesses the drawbacks of music’s pay-what-you-want online economy
Global Ear Zagreb
The Croatian capital’s disparate underground music scene is alive with possibilities. By Antonio Pošćić
Invisible Jukebox Gnod
Salford’s neo-psych warriors trip over The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Nick Mitchell
The Inner Sleeve
Noveller on Sonic Youth's Goo videos
John Collins finds his own space on a tour bus in Ghana
New music books: jazz and religion, musical revolution, the mysteries of Japan, and adventures in American music
New films and DVDs: Theory Of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents and Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry
Recent exhibitions: X-Ray Audio: Forbidden Soviet Music ‘On The Bone’ in Birmingham, and Karen Finley in London
Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Semibreve, Jazzfest Berlin, Księżyc, PJ Harvey, and more
Apparatus, Dean Blunt, Joshua Bonnetta, The Bug, Circuit Breaker, Dikeman/Parker/Drake, Eartheater, Father Murphy, Jürg Frey, Gaika, Dominique Grimaud, Guttersnipe, Hijokaidan, Hijokaidan x Yoshihide Otomo, Jojo Hiroshige, Jojo Hiroshige & Haruo Ueda, Eva-Maria Houben, JT The Goon, Jack Latham, Lilly Joel, David Lynch & Mark Zebrowski, Stephan Mathieu, Daniel Menche & Mamiffer, Miss Red, Mordant Music, Jon Mueller, Cian Nugent, Roly Porter, Pyramids Of Space, Hans Joachim Roedelius & Leon Muraglia, Marianne Schuppe, Keith Seatman, Shapednoise, The Sprawl, Swifta Beater, Thanet, Tortoise, Aino Tytti, Vainio & Vigroux, Various: Gqom Oh!, Various: Grime 2015, Various: NoFi Rainbow Vol 2, Various: Pekak!, Various: Territoires Vol 1, Nate Wooley Quintet, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Zeitkratzer
African Head Charge, Laddio Bolocko, John Cale, Change, The Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble, Dredd Foole, Magma, Tom Mkhize, Normil Hawaiians, Gary Numan, The Soul Jazzmen, Various: LEAF 20, Volcano The Bear
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Joseph Abajian (DJ Jab) founded Fat Beats in 1994 with nothing more than a shoestring budget and an earnest obsession with the music, the culture, and the brotherhood of New York’s burgeoning rap scene. What began as a simple vinyl shop in Manhattan’s Lower East Side quickly became an integral hub for artists, both aspiring and established, to convene and collaborate on new projects. Joseph’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable. When the 90’s cultural zeitgeist – and, in turn, the music industry establishment – chose hip-hop as its new arbiter of cool.
International tourists and touring artists alike flocked to Fat Beats for rare vinyl, kindred spirits, and exclusive in-store performances from Jay Z, Eminem, Gang Starr, Outkast, Slum Village, Mos Def, and more. One thing was clear: the Fat Beats phenomenon could no longer be contained in a single basement shop.
In the late nineties, Abajian proceeded to open new stores in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He further expanded the company’s profile to include global distribution and record label branches. Distribution has since proven to be the company’s strongest and most enduring enterprise. Today Fat Beats Distribution stands poised as one of the country’s pre-eminent distributors of vinyl & specialty item records: a proud survivor in an industry now famous for its mortality rate. Despite market fluctuations, technology innovations, and stylistic revolutions, Fat Beats has remained steadfast in its commitment to the timeless vinyl format and to the loyal community who keeps it spinning.
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