by First Word on July 8, 2014

Last week we brought you news of the new Souleance EP Jogar – we’re now accepting orders through our bandcamp page. We’ve had some delays in the production of the records – we are expecting to receive them around the 23rd of July. Do not fear however, as you can get digital versions with any purchase of the release from our Bandcamp page.

We’ve had some great support already for the release – you can go grab a free DL courtesy of Dummy Mag right here, and check ‘Segredos Do Samba’ on the latest LDBK hotlist right here. Bama Love Soul also featured the same track on their recent podcast and site right here.

The Souleance boys (garcons?) are part of the big FW contingent going to Soundwave Croatia in a couple of weeks – as well as playing on the main stage on Monday with Essa and Riot Jazz Brass Band, they are also DJing on our FW boat party with label boss Gilla and Champion Nerd Mr Thing! Info / tickets right here.

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NEW RELEASE! JON PHONICS – WHITE NECKLE

by First Word on July 3, 2014

New Music Time! We’re delighted to announce the release of the brand new EP from Jon Phonics. We’ve been fans of Jon since hearing the massive ‘The One’ a few years back, and it’s great to introduce his signature brand of deep textured, soulful productions to First Word. Drawing as much from early 90’s hip-hop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk, the predominantly instrumental EP is topped off with two stand- out vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. With early support from Alexander Nut, Moxie, Scratcha DVA and more, this is a must have for any fans of twisted hip hop-infused electronica.

We’ve been fortunate enough to get some great support from this release from Boiler RoomXLR8R(go there for a free DL!) and Sonic Router - you can also pre-order the 7″ or digital EP right here.

“Face Of Spades is my joint…big up, very diverse EP” • LeFtO (Brownswood)

“Give It Up is dope” • Kutmah (Izwid/Sketchbook radio)

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JON PHONICS ‘GIVE IT UP’ (FEAT. RUP) BOILER ROOM DEBUTS

July 1, 2014

Astral Black label boss, Jon Phonics, has built himself a reputation as one of the UK’s go-to new-wave, hip-hop producers. Following a string of solo releases and production credits for the likes of Piff Gang, Jehst, It’sNate and the High Focus roster – Phonics delivers his latest EP, ‘White Neckle’on First Word Records. ‘Give It [...]

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FW is 10! SPECIAL EDITIONS – 10″ VINYL , 7″ RECORD WEIGHTS

June 26, 2014

As some of you may have realised, it’s our 10th birthday this year. So far we’ve celebrated through some great events in Leeds, London, Sheffield and Nottingham (with Brighton, Cardiff & Croatia to come). Now, we’re delighted to announce our special releases for the big anniversary! We’ve been working on this for a few months [...]

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ESSA AT THE SELECTOR (BRITISH COUNCIL) & MIDDLE MAN 7″ WITH TBG REMIX

June 12, 2014

A few weeks back Essa dropped in with his full live band to record a session for the good folks at The Selector – British Council – check it out here: You can also pick up his new 7″ featuring a Tall Black Guy Productions remix of The Middle Man direct from our webshop: http://essamusic.bandcamp.com/ And [...]

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NEW EXCURSIONS RADIO SHOW – FW WEBSHOP RESTOCKS

May 29, 2014

DJ Gilla has a new radio show for your listening pleasure – check that out here. He’ll also be dropping in to NTS for his monthly slot with Charlie Bones on the wonderful Do You! show next Tuesday. Tune in from 9.30am at www.ntslive.co.uk. We’ve got some restocks in the FW shop – we found 4 copies of Lotek’s International [...]

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FW is 10! HITS LONDON & LEEDS!

May 22, 2014

Our 10th Birthday celebrations are reaching two cities very close to our hearts. This Friday (23rd) we are in our new (ish) home of Peckham, London at the wonderful Bussey Building. We’ve got a huge line-up with live sets from Souleance, Henry Wu & Tenderlonious and The Thrift Store (improvised electronic beats featuring musicians from Bonobo [...]

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ESSA ALBUM – JAZZ CAFE VIDEO & VINYL NOW IN STOCK

May 22, 2014

Essa’s album ‘The Misadventures Of A Middle Man’ has been out for a couple of weeks now, and we’re delighted to be able to share this great clip from the recent launch party at London’s Jazz Cafe. Essa is joined by his live band as well as vocalists D.Ablo and Doc Brown for a stunning [...]

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RECORD STORE DAY 2014

April 22, 2014

Last weekend was Record Store Day! Now at FWHQ, we like to think that every day is record store day.. To celebrate we put together a very special release of our own for the big day – Nothing Leaves The House.  The record contains four tracks that celebrate our love for record digging, sample chopping and [...]

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FIRST WORD RECORDS x RECORD STORE DAY

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 [...]

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