Over the last six years there have been many memorable moments that have put underground dance music on the map. From Caspa & Rusko’s FabricLive mix to seeing the UK’s first dubstep number one. For a lot of people however, nothing has been quite as exciting as the growth of Bristol’s own, ‘Screwloose Records’. Priding themselves on discovering the world’s best up and coming talent in underground dance, they release music that combines heavy basslines, vocals and synth hooks that get under your skin. Although Screwloose has had to fight hard through the recession and the competition of many emerging talents, the homegrown label is still responsible for bringing about some of the best new acts around today.
Screwloose was co-founded by Nathan Alecsander-Gray (Loko) and Ross Burr (Statix/Astronaut) in the winter of 2008 and in early 2009, they smashed their way onto the scene unveiling the mighty, KOAN Sound. Their debut release was ‘Akira’ which received major support from radio and DJ’s including Skream , Rusko and Skrillex. The second release came from dubstep heavyweights, Statix. Their track ‘Mind over matter’ gained support from the likes of Caspa, Pendulum, Crissy crissy, and the infamous Mary Anne Hobbs who even labelled it her favourite tune of the year.
Asa, Genetic Bros and Gatekeeper were next in line to join the Screwloose family. The tracks ‘Raw Tones’ and ‘Ignite’ which featured vocals from Dread and Grillza, were finally pressed to vinyl and released after many years of circulation. Asa’s debut the ‘Sweeter things’ EP saw the light of day in early 2011. Shortly after this, ‘Rehab Recordings’ was born to act as a platform to showcase a deeper side of dubstep as well as up and coming Screwloose artists, such as 50HZ and Nowan.
Today both labels are continuing to grow at a fast pace. Screwloose is quickly becoming one of the UK’s most trusted and respected record labels for promoting bass heavy electronica. Look out for more label related events, exciting releases and stay up to date with all that goes on in the Screwloose camp via the website www.screwlooserecords.com. Watch out, because its take over time!