New Release – Souleance ‘Secoue’

by First Word on July 20, 2015

Taken from the forthcoming TARTARE Ep on First Word Records – due out in October 2015
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At this time of year we’re all looking for those tracks to set alight the parties, festivals and beaches of the summer season. Last year Souleance’s ‘Jogar’ EP filled that gap, this time around they have delivered once again with the addictive, brassy bounce of ‘Secoue’. Taking their influence from the Haitian style of meringue known as Compa, Fulgeance and Soulist have crafted an instant dancefloor bomb. ‘Secoue’ translates to ‘Shake’ which is about as appropriate a title as you’re going to get.

Taken from the forthcoming Tartare EP.


Independent Label Market – London, Summer 2015

by First Word on July 6, 2015


We’re returning to Sptitalfields in the heart of East London for The Independent Label Market, the second of three instalments for 2015. This event is always a fantastic day for labels like us and we love being amongst such great friends as Ninja Tune, BBE, Eglo & Mr Bongo. Great news for music lovers; we’re continuing our summer sale.  The deal is simple: all CDs and 7″ singles still just £3.

This sale includes music from Souleance, Tall Black Guy Productions,Teotima, The fontanelles, The Haggis Horns, Riot Jazz, kidkanevil, Jon Phonics, The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Essa, Yosi Horikawa and more!

We’ll also have our latest 10″ which features; Kidkanevil, Fulgeance & DJ Scientist,  Essa (produced by Flako), Quiet Dawn remixed by Souleance and Frameworks remixed by Throwing Snow.

So come say hello, grab and drink and support independent music. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Facebook event with full address, directions and participating labels.




First Word Records Summer Sale

June 22, 2015

Our summer sale is now on! This one is simple: all CDs and 7″ singles are just £3. The promotion includes music from Souleance, Tall Black Guy Productions,Teotima, The fontanelles, The Haggis Horns, Riot Jazz, kidkanevil, Jon Phonics, The Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Essa, Yosi Horikawa and more! This will be live for a limited time only head to our shop and get selecting.   [...]

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You And Music Radio

May 27, 2015

Along with local Peckham based record shop, YAM Records, First Word are happy to announce the launch of an online radio station. Broadcasting worldwide from South East London, You And Music Radio will take it’s inspiration from the vibrant musical community of Peckham and the surrounding areas.  Helping showcase the exceptional amount of talent we [...]

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Excursions with Marc Mac (4 Hero) Bussey Building, Peckham

May 18, 2015

Sat May 23 – First Word Records presents: EXCURSIONS with DJs Marc Mac (4hero / Visioneers), Gilla (First Word) and Bopperson (Wah Wah 45s / Le Mellotron) at the Bussey building/CLF Art Cafe​ First Word are back for another Excursions session after February’s sold-out event. Joining FW label boss and resident DJ Gilla is the [...]

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New 10″ Vinyl Release – ‘Future Classics EP’

May 11, 2015

Over the last year we’ve been celebrating the 10th birthday of First Word Records with a series of releases and events. To round out the festivities we’ve put together the third in our series of 10″ vinyl EPs. EP One, ‘Second Chance’ was a compilation of our best selling (but now out of print) vinyl [...]

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Album Release – Quiet Dawn ‘The First Day’

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 [...]

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Record Store Day 2015 – Thing Leaves The House

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 [...]

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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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