One Little Indian 2015 Recap

18 Dec 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at One Little Indian Records. It’s been a very exciting and busy year for us at the label and we’d like to share just a few of the highlights:

This year, Björk released her 8th studio album ‘Vulnicura’ which has since been nominated for a Grammy along with being awarded Album Of The Year by Rough Trade and the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, The Line Of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, Rolling Stone amongst many more. Furthermore, the highly acclaimed Vulnicura is accompanied by 12 remixes on single-sided etched translucent 12” vinyl in die-cut sleeves; a full Strings-only reshape, using the only ‘Viola Organista’ in the world to perform some of the arrangements; and finally, a Live album which was released exclusively by Rough Trade in conjunction with Album of The Year. If all of this wasn’t enough, this year the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a retrospective exhibition dedicated entirely to Björk’s musical career and collaborations, which included costumes, performances, instruments and more from her entire 20-year solo career. In celebration of the MoMA exhibit, Björk’s entire back catalogue was released on Coloured Vinyl.

Icelandic duo Fufanu have had quite the year as well. The back end of 2014 saw the band release their hypnotic 7 minute long debut single ‘Circus Life’, followed up in quick succession at the start of this year by their 4-track EP ‘Adjust To The Light’ and then finally in November the band released their debut long player ‘Few More Days To Go’. The former techno duo are renowned for their shattering live performance and this year was no different, with knockout shows at Hyde Park’s British Summer Time Festival alongside Blur, their European support tour alongside John Grant and a handful of shows at Iceland Airwaves which were quickly announced as choice picks by the likes of Rolling Stone, The Line Of Best Fit and Stereogum. Fufanu have just announced their debut Headline UK Tour for 2016, see the full list of dates here.

Olga Bell follows up her 2nd LP ‘Krai’, released in 2014, which was inspired by the lesser-known corners of Bell’s homeland and written entirely in her native Russian, with a 5-track EP ‘Incitation’. This newest offering is a collection of deeply personal, urgent songs with Bell’s voice once more at the helm of her singular production. The Incitation vinyl and sleeve was a sensational work of art, with a grey marbled vinyl wrapped up in a shimmering iridescent sleeve with two inserts, one containing the lyrics and the other being a picture of Olga herself. The Vinyl Factory voted this vinyl amongst their favourite of the year, read what they had to say about it and see it for yourself here.

Another OLI two-piece has been extremely busy this year and has been known to make your ears bleed with their live performances. 2015 saw God Damn release their storming debut album ‘Vultures’, followed up by brand new single ‘Dead To Me’ which quickly gained support from the likes of Annie Mac and Huw Stephens from BBC Radio 1. Straight off the back of Vultures, the Wolverhampton heavyweights were asked to play alongside Foo Fighters at Old Trafford to a 30,000 strong crowd. The twosome were also voted one of NME’s ‘Buzziest Bands’ of Reading & Leeds Festival, with Thom bringing their set to a dramatic ending by smashing up his guitar, cutting his hands open, and smearing blood over his face – all in true God Damn fashion. Thom was also voted one of the ‘Best New Guitarists of 2015’ by Total Guitar.

Marry Waterson returned in 2015 with her album ‘Two Wolves’, written in collaboration with David A. Jaycock. The songs cover a wide range of subject material from laments about disappearing village communities (Hoping To Be Saved) to the title track’s reflection on the duality of human nature. Marry has just announced that she will be supporting Richard Hawley on tour around the UK during February, see the full list of dates here. You can also watch the fantastic video for ‘The Honey & The Seaweed’, animated by Marry herself, here.

Jesse Malin has had an extremely busy year releasing not one, but two albums, ‘New York Before The War’ and then followed up by ‘Outsiders’. Along with these, Jesse’s catalogue album ‘Fine Art Of Self Destruction’ is also set for a limited edition re-issue in the New Year, so watch this space. Jesse has just announced a UK Tour in February 2016 in support of ‘Outsiders’, accompanied by a double A-side single ‘Edward Hopper’ (plucked from ‘Outsiders’) b/w ‘She Don’t Love Me Now’ (from ‘New York Before The War’), see the full list of dates here. You can see the excellent video for ‘She Don’t Love Me Now’ here.

FOXTROTT is a self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and beat-maker from French-speaking Montreal, and 2015 saw the release of ‘A Taller Us’, her debut album (“A brassy synth-pop masterpiece” The Line of Best Fit”). This year Marie-Hélène Delorme played her first UK shows at Servants Jazz Quarters and most recently at The Shacklewell Arms for her album launch. Expect her back soon: she has just been announced for The Great Escape festival along with a full tour to follow shortly. Take a look at FOXTROTT’s spectacular video’s for singles ‘Driven’ and ‘Shaky Hands’, which premiered on i-D and VEVO respectively.

THE COMPUTERS reassembled in 2015 with a brand new sound and a brand new EP titled ‘Want The News? Here’s The Blues’, released in the run up to a highly anticipated new album which will be ready in the New Year. The band also performed a string of secret shows that were all SOLD OUT, where the new material went down a storm.

MARC CARROLL also returned with his 7th studio album ‘Love Is All Or Love Is Not At All’, following on from 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Stone Beads and Silver’. Watch the video for the single ‘Ball and Chain’ here.

KATHRYN WILLIAMS released her Sylvia Plath ‘The Bell Jar’ inspired album ‘Hypoxia’, which received a wealth of stunning reviews from the likes of Mojo, Mirror, FT, Clash Magazine, Mail On Sunday - as well as Observer and Independent features.

ASTRID WILLIAMSON also made a dazzling return this year with her ‘We Go To Dream’ album which garnered continued support and love from BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne (“Just a glorious track, bit emotional, bit of a heartbreaker, but what a song… I just couldn’t stop listening to it”) and The Sunday Times who felt “Her vocal delivery approaches John Martyn levels of abstractedness & emotional impact.” Astrid also performed two sold out shows at the Green Note in Camden.

SAMARIS also followed up their beautiful ‘Silkidrangar’ album with a live adaptation titled ‘Silkidrangar Sessions’ – released on limited edition silver vinyl. Expect fresh material in 2016.

FINITRIBE rei-issued their 1991 hit 101 with 12” orange vinyl consisting of 4 remixes. 

WILD PALMS also made their return at the end of the year after a long break writing new material with new Liam Howe produced single ‘Ennio’. Check out the stunning video for Enniohere. A

nd last but not least, ÁSGEIR ended his marathon live run touring his internationally acclaimed ‘In The Silence’ debut, playing two huge shows at Sydney Opera House and numerous summer festivals (his sole UK appearance at Wilderness). He is currently in the studio working on a new album.

You can listen to all of these artists and more on our OLI Spotify Playlists!

A big thank you to everyone who made 2015 such an exciting and successful year. Our office is now closed until the 4th of January, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!

-The OLI Crew-


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