Album Release – Quiet Dawn ‘The First Day’

by First Word on April 20, 2015

‘The First Day’ is the debut album from French producer Will Galland, aka Quiet Dawn. Since signing to First Word in 2014, Quiet Dawn has released two singles, ‘New Dawn’ featuring Oddisee (featuring a remix from Eric Lau) and the more recent ‘Golden Moments’ featuring Sarah Gessler. These served as the perfect introduction to Quiet Dawn’s style, with jazz, hip-hop and broken beat influences combined to create something that is very much his own sound.

Have a listen below!


Record Store Day 2015 – Thing Leaves The House

by First Word on April 13, 2015

Running an independent record label in 2015 is a tricky, (and some would say foolish) task. It is of course, a privilege to be given the responsibility to get an artist’s music out into the world, but the label’s side of the job is more about spreadsheets and sales ledgers than champagne and cigars. That is why last year’s Record Store Day was genuinely one of the most memorable and important days in the life of First Word. We released our first RSD release – Nothing Leaves The House, a project that was dreamt up on RSD 2012, and finally shared two years later. Unlike most records we release, we were able to be there as music fans discovered the record in the shops – an experience that was inspiring, humbling and ever so slightly addictive.

So we were always going to return with part two in 2015, this time with a twist. A year on from the day the trio of Eric Lau, Tall Black Guy and kidkanevil visited Mr Thing’s collection to sample his records (where nothing could leave the house), we gathered them at London’s Love Vinyl record shop where he had brought one record from his collection for each producer. Their challenge was to make a beat from the individually chosen records: the results massively exceeded our expectations. Originally Mr Thing was going to make a track from something in his collection too, but the three producers decided that he should go through the same process as they would. They picked a record from the racks of the shop (they had to find one he didn’t already own first) and his beat was created from that. The result is 4 tracks that truly capture the personalities of each producer, and a record that is born out of a heartfelt love of records – we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.

We’ll be back for round 3 in 2016 until then, grab your copy in a record shop this Saturday.

DJ Gilla, April 2015

Directed & Edited by Ricky Kershaw



March 16, 2015

Calm The Still Night’ is the lead single from Frameworks’ debut album ‘Tides’, out later this month. The Manchester-based producer has spent the last few years carving his own niche in the industry, joining the dots between instrumental hip hop heroes Aim and RJD2, the epic soundscapes of Cinematic Orchestra and the deft songwriting of Bonobo. [...]

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March 16, 2015

Evade & Seek is the companion EP to Essa’s recent album ‘The Misadventures Of A Middle Man’. Featuring two all-new tracks plus alternate versions of some favourites from the album, it reminds us why Essa is one of the UK’s most versatile MCs. Check the video for Evade & Seek below, featuring Brotherman & Tall Black Guy on [...]

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Fulgeance & DJ Scientist ‘The Soviet Tape’

March 2, 2015

The Soviet Tape is a new collaboration between Fulgeance & DJ Scientist. Their debut single ‘Moscow Nightlife’ was a perfect introduction to their sound: heavy instrumental hip hop culled exclusively from Scientist’s un-rivalled collection of vintage Soviet-era records. Scientist, one of Germany’s most prolific record collectors dug out a slew of samples from his archives, [...]

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First Word Social Club #2 – D’Angelo Special

February 9, 2015

We’re back at our favourite basement in East London to celebrate one of the greatest musicians doing it right now – the mighty D’Angelo. The great man himself is playing in Hammersmith on the night, so for all those who’ve hit the show and want more of the same vibes, and also those of us [...]

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December 22, 2014

As has become tradition at First Word we like to be able to share some free music with you from time to time. This year is no different: we’re delighted to offer you Two Syllables Volume Eleven. Compiled by label boss DJ Gilla, this instalment includes highlights from the past year (Jon Phonics, Fulgeance & [...]

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2014 Christmas Sale

December 15, 2014

As a pre-Christmas treat we’re offering 25% off everything on our webshop – simply enter the code ‘jinglebells’ at the checkout to grab a bargain. Our full catalogue is included, with music from Tall Black Guy, Essa, Yosi Horikawa, Souleance, Riot Jazz Brass Band as well as our Record Store Day release, and recent heat from Fulgeance & DJ Scientist and QuietDawn. As well [...]

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Ross McHenry “Prayers” Free EP

December 8, 2014

Ross McHenry releases unheard recordings for free to show the process of creating his album “Distant Oceans” This 4 track EP was recorded in Oct 2012 documenting the first incarnation of the Ross McHenry group project.  Ross has said of the tracks,  ”although these recordings are far from perfect,  they represent my music at a [...]

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New Signing: Quiet Dawn!

November 7, 2014

The First Word French invasion continues! Will Galland aka Quiet Dawn is the newest signing to our label, joining fellow Gallic producers Souleance on our ever-expanding roster. The Parisian producer has grown from his hip hop roots (including an EP on Feelin’ Music as part of Beat Consortium) adding broken beat and house to his soulful musical palate. His debut album ‘The [...]

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