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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FIRST WORD IS 10!

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 [...]

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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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ESSA – THE MISADVENTURES OF A MIDDLEMAN

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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SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL!

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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FIRST WORD SALE!

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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