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It’s Been Hell: 20 Years Of Lo Recordings

East London record label celebrates 20 years with a new compilation

To mark 20 years in action, the East London record label Lo Recordings has released a 20 track compilation. Called It’s Been Hell: 20 Years Of Lo Recordings, the release digs deep into the label's back catalogue to uncover originals and remixes from artists like Grimes, Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert, Squarepusher, The Chap, Black Devil Disco Club, and many others.

Over time, this genre-broad label has released 150 records as well as setting up countless parties and exhibitions. “It’s Been Hell…really? Well there have been hellish times but it’s also been a pleasure,” reflects Lo’s founder Jon Tye. “So much of it and so much goodness. Starting off in a basement underneath Spitalfields Market at a time when there was no email – or at least not for me – and the fax machine was king. Thurston Moore said I could hassle him, and so I did – by fax. [Pere Ubu’s] David Thomas would send a fax saying ‘WUZ UP!?’ Nothing else. Aphex Twin said ‘I’ve done the mix shall I bring it over?’ And so he did with Squarepusher in tow.”

Upstairs from the studio was a venue called The Spritz where Tye, Tony Morley and The Wire’s Rob Young ran the Scratch Club for two and a half years​. It saw performances from Derek Bailey, Cornershop, Silver Apples, Talvin Singh & Squarepusher, Lol Coxhill, Eddie Prévost and Andy Weatherall, with its punters including David Bowie.

“This compilation in no way captures the whole journey, just a few snaps along the way,” Tye confirms.

The two-disc set is out now in CD and digital formats.