Proper Distribution Completes Label Deal Spree

– Signs house music legend Joe Claussell’s Sacred Rhythm Music label

– Also agrees deal with Mercury nominated jazz-rock band Roller Trio’s own label, Lamplight Social Records

– Other new signings include UK label Aztec Records, US-founded Dissention Records and Norwegian label Propeller Recordings


4th December 2014, London:- As part of a spate of recent distribution deals, Proper Distribution has signed Sacred Rhythm Music – a label of Joe Claussell, one of the house community’s leading lights and famed for playing at NYC’s legendary Body & Soul Club.

The agreement covers physical distribution in the UK and Eire, and worldwide (excl USA and Japan) digital distribution. Alongside his reputation as a DJ, producer and remixer, Claussell also heads the labels Spiritual Life Music and Ibadan. This year has seen him perform across the world with events in New York, London and Japan still to come.

Proper has also agreed a UK/Ireland physical and digital distribution deal with avant jazz-rock band Roller Trio’s own label, Lamplight Social Records. This covers the band’s much anticipated second album, Fracture (released last week), which follows on from their Mercury Prize and MOBO award nominated 2012 debut. It also includes other releases on the label such as saxophonist James Mainwarning’s Tipping Point project.

In addition, Proper welcomes Norwegian label Propeller Recordings and British pop/electronic indie Aztec Records for physical distribution in UK and Ireland. Forthcoming releases from Propeller include Norwegian Grammy winners Team Me’s Blind As Night, which is due early next year. Meanwhile Proper is handling the recent debut album, France, from Parisian artist and Aztec Records act Owlle.

Other new label signings include Dissention Records for physical and digital distribution in the UK and Ireland. This sees Proper delivering the debut album Define from London rock trio RedRacer, which just arrived on CD (vinyl due Spring 2015), following an earlier digital release. Define was recorded at the legendary Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, which has been the recording home of the most influential desert rock bands over the last two decades. RedRacer cut the record with wildcard firebrand and leader of Eagles of Death Metal – Jesse Hughes.  The band’s first single ‘Put It Out’ soundtracked the Made in Movember 2014 TV ad campaign.

This is alongside a worldwide physical/digital deal with Ear to the Ground Records for the catalogue of folk artist Lisa Knapp, now signed to Navigator Records. This covers her debut album Wild And Undaunted which won MOJO Folk Album of the Year in 2007.

Drew Hill, MD of Proper, said: We’re incredibly proud of the quality of these new signings, both in terms of the labels and the artists they represent, which see Proper spreading its wings across a variety of leading genres.”


About Proper Music Group

Since 1988 Proper Music Distribution has grown to become the largest totally independent distributor in the UK with annual sales of over £25 million. In recent years it has been a frequent winner of the coveted ‘Music Week Awards – Best Distribution Team’.

Proper is renowned for having the knowledge, experience and personal service demanded of an independent specialist coupled with the reach and power of a major.

Incorporating UK physical distribution, a worldwide digital service, a label services division and comprehensive international export networks, Proper delivers all music formats in the widest possible market.

The Proper team effortlessly handles new releases and catalogue titles from many of the world’s finest independent labels working across all genres including Alternative, Americana, Blues, Electronic, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, Urban, and World.

It is a subsidiary company of Proper Music Group Limited.

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