Auteur Labels \ Series Overview
The ongoing compilation series Auteur Labels profiles independent record labels with a unique and enduring sound, vision and design sensibility, and concerned more with art than commerce.
All titles in the Auteur Labels series are available to buy now priced (£10.00) from LTM Mailorder
The story so far...
"Outstanding compilations, sophisticated scholarship. Boredom by Buzzcocks from 1977 sets a standard of intellectual imagination and neurotic pop energy. Several of the artists subsequently recording on New Hormones would in their different ways evolve this school of taut, playful, sonic compression, in which tremulous pop guitars merged with deft hi-hat beats, moody electronic enhancement and outright avant-gardism. Thus the free pop collage of My Cherry Is In Sherry by Ludus finds a place alongside, for instance, the near dub jazz of Skin Deep by Eric Random, or the dark growling of Denture Beach by Biting Tongues" (The Wire, 08/2008)
"A bang up job. The package depicts a bygone era of enduring relevance, and the superb booklet is rich in historical detail, photographs and artwork" (Brainwashed, 09/2008)
"Outstanding compilations, sophisticated scholarship. This volume audits the formal if somewhat complex professional relationship between Crépuscule and Factory, with standout tracks from The Durutti Column and The Names. Just as engaging, however, is the emergence of a lighter pop sensibility, evidenced here by the rolling exuberance of Dites-moi by Life" (The Wire, 08/2008)
"Another great lost Manchester independent, and a fine anthology" (The Wire, 01/2009)
"It's easy to think you've already heard the full Factory story, but this disc highlights a chapter in the label's history that's often overlooked" (Boomkat, 06/2009)
"LTM deliver another instalment in the extremely exciting Auteur Labels series, compiling the best tracks from the label prior to Rob Gretton's death in 1999. Among them are pre-historic Factory workers A Certain Ratio, Roy Davis Jr, Sub Sub (later Doves) with their Nr. 3 hit Ain't No Love and the early ambient uberhit Pear Shaped by Digital Justice. Strictly 90s and full-blooded" (Westzeit, 05/2010)
"One of the most fascinating label samplers, IPR is a magical realm where uncommercial approach meets accessible hook - with complete love, care and joy in creation. Here's to another 30 years!" (The Big Takeover, 05/2010)
"True Faith by New Order opens with a magic moment of indie-dance. Next to expected Factory heroes ACR, DC, SXXV and Happy Mondays manifesto 24 Hour Party People you'll find eternal Factory stepchildren The Wake. Not to forget a Rai-hit by Fadela. An extremely exciting journey" (Westzeit, 07/2010)