by First Word on April 8, 2014

As some of you may know, we’ve been cooking up a release for Record Store Day this year – and now is the time to announce a few of the details. Check out the video by clicking the image above and you can get a small insight into how we put it together. It’s called ‘Nothing Leaves The House’ and features First Word’s own Tall Black Guy and kidkanevil as well as Mr Thing and Eric Lau. Full details of the release and a short film will follow in the coming weeks, but for now, check the video and make sure you get down to your local Record Store on April 19th to pick up your copy. This release is vinyl only, and is strictly limited to 1000 units, so get on it!



by First Word on April 1, 2014

We’ve been teasing you since Christmas and we’re finally ready to share our plans for our big 10th anniversary. Details of some special releases will be announced soon, but first up here’s news of our FW is 10! tour. Taking in 6 cities over a 4 month period, we can’t wait to get out there and party with you all. Here are the dates:

11th April - Sheffield • Quality Control @ The Harley
Dj Format, Souleance, Andy H & Gilla
Info • Tickets

12th April - Nottingham • Sounddhism @ The Bodega
Souleance, Andy H & Gilla
Info • Tickets

23rd May - London • First Word @ the Bussey building
Souleance, The Thrift Store, kidkanevil, Andy H, Gilla, Strangelove, Essa & Rup
Full info to follow • Tickets

30th May - Leeds • Soul Rebels @ The Wardrobe
Riot Jazz Brass Band, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Andy H & Gilla
Info • Tickets

21st June - Brighton • FW Beach Party @ The Fortune Of War
Gilla & kidkanevil
Full info to follow

21st July - Soundwave Croatia • Riot Jazz Brass Band, Souleance, Essa & Mr Thing, DJ Gilla
Info / Tickets

Keep an eye out for more exclusive releases and giveaways in the coming months as we celebrate our birthday in style!


Essa – The World Belongs To You

March 28, 2014

As mentioned a couple of weeks ago the new single from Essa is out now! The World Belongs To You is the first track from his album ‘The Misadventures Of A Middle Man’ – take a peek at the sun-kissed video right here. Bonus points if you can spot yourself in the footage, particularly the [...]

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February 18, 2014

We’re delighted to be able to announce our first major news of 2014. We’ve been working with Essa for a couple of years now, having been big fans of his releases under the Yungun moniker. Some of you will know that he’s been working on new material and we’re now ready to share some details [...]

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January 30, 2014

Those of you who follow our ramblings will know that our favourite weekend of the year is always at the imperious Soundwave Festival in Croatia. This year’s line up has just been released and it’s another belter! Fat Freddy’s Drop, Madlib, Mr Scruff, Jonwayne, Gold Panda, The Bug, Huey Morgan are just a few of [...]

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Merry Christmas From First Word Records!

December 21, 2013

Those of you who have been following the label for a few years will know that it’s our tradition to give you, our loyal fans, a Christmas present every year to say thank you for your wonderful support over the preceding 12 months. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that 2013 is no different, and [...]

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December 10, 2013

We’ve got a seasonal sale on at the First Word webshop in the run up to Christmas. It’s pretty simple, selected CDs are £5, download albums £4 and 7″ singles £3. We also have some bundle deals: Buy 4 CDs, get one free! Buy 4 7″ singles, get one free! To get the bundle offers, [...]

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December 5, 2013

    TEOTIMA – ‘COUNTING THE WAYS’ OUT NOW! As 2013 comes to a close, we have one final release for you. We’re proud to announce the debut album from 14-piece spiritual jazz ensemble Teotima. Formed by guitarist-composer Greg Sanders, the album blends grooves from West Africa, Cuba and Brazil, adding the sensibility of classic [...]

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November 21, 2013

New music alert! We’re delighted to announce the debut album from The Fontanelles. Originally formed to be the onstage band for the London run of ‘Fela! The Musical’, the band’s natural chemistry was such that they instinctively continued performing together when the show ended. They took the energy of the stage show and started working [...]

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November 19, 2013

Fresh from destroying the stage (in a good way) in Brixton last week, Essa has unleashed the 3rd instalment in his FRMX series. Remix + Free Download = FRMX – geddit? Anyway, it’s 7 tracks of the usual dope beats, head-twisting rhymes and general Essa heat! Go get it here. You can get a little [...]

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