Axiom

Axiom

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Created by Bill Laswell in 1989 for the promotion of his own, most "crucial" (to his point of view) projects. Axiom was a subdivision of Island Records (and of Polygram) but had always the advantage of a complete artistic freedom, because of the friendship between Bill Laswell and Chris Blackwell (boss of Island).

"Nothing is true, everything is possible" was Axiom's motto.

Blackwell, who had sold Island to Polygram in 1989 (but stayed on as head of the label) either resigned or was fired in 1997 (depending on who you listen to), just prior to Islands sale to the Universal Music Group. Axiom was closed (it was not enough commercially interesting and too much "experimental" for Universal), even if more than 20 records had been released and that some of them sold well (Praxis) or had been highly awarded (Sonny Sharrock, Henry Threadgill) by jazz magazines.

Bill Laswell followed Chris Blackwell to Blackwell's new label, Palm Pictures, The Axiom label was revived under Palm for a handful of releases. With Blackwell's desire to move away from music and more into the motion picture realm, Axiom has effectively shuttered operations.

Attempts to buy the back catalog from Island/Universal have so far yielded no results.

As of 2011, Laswell started a new label with Giacomo Bruzzo of RareNoise Records called MOD Technologies. The intent of the label is to be somewhat of a successor to Axiom in intent and overall ethos.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
12 AMX 1 Material Mantra - Remixes(12", Maxi, Promo, W/Lbl) Axiom 12 AMX 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 AXM 1 Material Mantra - Remixes(12") Axiom, Island Records 12 AXM 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 AXM 2 Material Reality(12") Axiom 12 AXM 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
12 AXM 3 Bahia Black Capitão Do Asfalto(12") Axiom 12 AXM 3 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 AXMDJ 1 Material Mantra(12", Promo) Axiom 12 AXMDJ 1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 AXMDJ 2 Material Featuring Shabba Ranks Material Featuring Shabba Ranks - Reality(12") Axiom 12 AXMDJ 2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
12 AXMDJ 3 Bahia Black Capitão Do Asfalto(12", Promo) Axiom 12 AXMDJ 3 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 AXMG 1 Mandingo Powerhouse(12") Axiom 12 AXMG 1 US 1990 Sell This Version
12 AXMG 2 Bahia Black The Seven Powers / Retrato Calado(12") Axiom 12 AXMG 2 UK 1992 Sell This Version
210 879 Ginger Baker Middle Passage(LP, Album) Axiom 210 879 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
211 562 Material The Third Power(LP, Album) Axiom, 4th & Broadway, Island Records, Mango 211 562 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
260879 Ginger Baker Middle Passage(CD, Album) Axiom 260879 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
261 562 Material The Third Power(CD, Album) Axiom, 4th & Broadway, Island Records 261 562 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
334762 Jah WobbleBill Laswell Jah WobbleBill Laswell - Radioaxiom – A Dub Transmission(CD, Album) Palm Pictures, Axiom, Festival Mushroom Records 334762 Australia & New Zealand 2001 Sell This Version
411 562 Material The Third Power(Cass, Album) Axiom, 4th & Broadway, Mango, Island Records 411 562 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
510 856-1 Bahia Black Ritual Beating System(LP) Axiom 510 856-1 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
518 048-1 Umar Bin Hassan Be Bop Or Be Dead(LP, Ltd, Num) Axiom 518 048-1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
518 351-1 Material Hallucination Engine(LP, Ltd, Num) Axiom 518 351-1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
524 053-1 Bill Laswell Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation (Album) 524 053-1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
524 077-2 Axiom Funk Funkcronomicon (Comp) 524 077-2 UK & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
524 253-2 Various Altered Beats - Assassin Knowledges Of The Remanipulated(CD, Comp) Axiom, Island Records 524 253-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
524 313-2 Various Axiom Dub - Mysteries Of Creation(2xCD, Comp) Axiom 524 313-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
524 419-2 Bob Marley Dreams Of Freedom (Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub)(CD, Album) Axiom, Island Records 524 419-2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
539 864-1 Ginger Baker Middle Passage(LP, Album) Axiom, Mango 539 864-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 864-2 Ginger Baker Middle Passage(CD, Album) Axiom 539 864-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 865-1 سيمون شاهين* = Simon Shaheen سيمون شاهين* = Simon Shaheen - محمد عبد الوهاب = The Music Of Mohamed Abdel Wahab(LP, Album) Axiom 539 865-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 871-1 Shankar Soul Searcher(LP) Axiom 539 871-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 872-1 Ronald Shannon Jackson Red Warrior(LP) Axiom 539 872-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 872-2 Ronald Shannon Jackson Red Warrior(CD, Album) Axiom 539 872-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 872-4 Ronald Shannon Jackson Red Warrior(Cass) Axiom 539 872-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 876-1 Mandingo New World Power(LP, Album) Axiom 539 876-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 876-2 Mandingo New World Power(CD, Album) Axiom 539 876-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 876-4 Mandingo New World Power(Cass, Album) Axiom 539 876-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 880-1 Various Ancient Heart - Mandinka And Fulani Music Of The Gambia(LP, Album) Axiom 539 880-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 880-2 Various Ancient Heart - Mandinka And Fulani Music Of The Gambia(CD, Album) Axiom 539 880-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 880-4 Various Ancient Heart - Mandinka And Fulani Music Of The Gambia(Cass, Album) Axiom 539 880-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 881-1 Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh* Night Spirit Masters(LP, Album) Axiom 539 881-1 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 881-2 Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh* Night Spirit Masters(CD, Album) Axiom 539 881-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
539 881-4 Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh* Night Spirit Masters(Cass, Album) Axiom 539 881-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
848 417-2 Material The Third Power(CD, Album) Axiom 848 417-2 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
524 053-1DJ Material Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation(12", Promo) Axiom 524 053-1DJ US 1994 Sell This Version
162-531 046-1 Various Altered Beats - Assassin Knowledges Of The Remanipulated(LP) Axiom 162-531 046-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
162-531 046-2 Various Altered Beats - Assassin Knowledges Of The Remanipulated(CD, Comp) Axiom 162-531 046-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
162-531 070-2 Various Axiom Dub - Mysteries Of Creation(2xCD, Comp) Axiom 162-531 070-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
162 539 871 Shankar Soul Searcher(Cass, Promo) Axiom 162 539 871 US 1990 Sell This Version
162 539 898 1 Jonas Hellborg The Word(LP, Album) Axiom 162 539 898 1 US 1991 Sell This Version
162 539 898-2 Jonas Hellborg The Word(CD, Album) Axiom 162 539 898-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
314-510 147-2 Gnawa Music Of Marrakesh* Night Spirit Masters(CD, Album) Axiom 314-510 147-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
314-510 148-2 Various Ancient Heart - Mandinka And Fulani Music Of The Gambia(CD, Album) Axiom 314-510 148-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
314-510 149-2 Ronald Shannon Jackson Red Warrior(CD) Axiom 314-510 149-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
314-510 856-2 Bahia Black Ritual Beating System(CD, Album) Axiom 314-510 856-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
314-510 857-2 Master Musicians Of Jajouka, The* Featuring Bachir Attar Master Musicians Of Jajouka, The* Featuring Bachir Attar - Apocalypse Across The Sky(CD) Axiom 314-510 857-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
314-512 003-2 Talip Ozkan* The Dark Fire(CD, Album) Axiom 314-512 003-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
314-512 338-2 Praxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)(CD, Album) Axiom 314-512 338-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
314-512 338-4 Praxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)(Cass, Album) Axiom 314-512 338-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
314-514 258-2 Henry Threadgill Too Much Sugar For A Dime(CD, Album) Axiom 314-514 258-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-514 258-4 Henry Threadgill Too Much Sugar For A Dime(Cass, Album) Axiom 314-514 258-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-514 453-1 Various Manifestation - Axiom Collection II(2xLP, Comp, Promo) Axiom 314-514 453-1 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
314-514 453-2 Various Manifestation - Axiom Collection II(CD, Comp) Axiom 314-514 453-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-514 518-2 Nicky Skopelitis Ekstasis(CD, Album) Axiom 314-514 518-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-514 518-4 Nicky Skopelitis Ekstasis(Cass, Album) Axiom 314-514 518-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-518 048-2 Umar Bin Hassan Be Bop Or Be Dead (Album) 314-518 048-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
314-518 351-2 Material Hallucination Engine (Album) 314-518 351-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 003-2 Sola* Blues In The East(CD, Album) Axiom 314-524 003-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 014-2 Hakim Bey T.A.Z.(CD, Album) Axiom 314-524 014-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524-047-2 Maleem Mahmoud Ghania with Pharoah Sanders Maleem Mahmoud Ghania with Pharoah Sanders - The Trance Of Seven Colors(CD) Axiom 314-524-047-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 053-1 Bill Laswell Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation(2x12") Axiom 314-524 053-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 053-2 Bill Laswell Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation(2xCD, Album) Axiom 314-524 053-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 053-4 Bill Laswell Axiom Ambient - Lost In The Translation(2xCass, Album) Axiom, Axiom, Axiom 314-524 053-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
314-524 077-2 Axiom Funk Funkcronomicon(2xCD, Comp) Axiom 314-524 077-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
314-524 419-1 Bob Marley Dreams Of Freedom (Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub)(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Axiom, Island Records 314-524 419-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
314-524 419-2 Bob Marley Dreams Of Freedom (Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub)(CD, Album) Axiom, Island Records 314-524 419-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
314-524 431-2 Arcana (4) Arc Of The Testimony(CD, Album) Axiom 314-524 431-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
422-846 753-2 Ginger Baker Middle Passage(CD, Album) Axiom 422-846 753-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
422-846 754-2 سيمون شاهين* = Simon Shaheen سيمون شاهين* = Simon Shaheen - محمد عبد الوهاب = The Music Of Mohamed Abdel Wahab(CD, Album) Axiom 422-846 754-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
422-846 755-2 Shankar Soul Searcher(CD, Album) Axiom 422-846 755-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
422-846 853-2 Mandingo New World Power(CD, Album) Axiom 422-846 853-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
422-848 374-2 Jonas Hellborg The Word(CD, Album) Axiom 422-848 374-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 374-4 Jonas Hellborg The Word(Cass) Axiom 422-848 374-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 417-2 Material The Third Power (Album) 422-848 417-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 417-4 Material The Third Power(Cass, Album) Axiom 422-848 417-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 957-2 Sonny Sharrock Ask The Ages(CD, Album) Axiom 422-848 957-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 957-4 Sonny Sharrock Ask The Ages(Cass, Album) Axiom 422-848 957-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 958-2 Various Illuminations (Axiom Collection)(CD, Comp) Axiom 422-848 958-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-848 958-4 Various Illuminations (Axiom Collection)(Cass, Comp) Axiom 422-848 958-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
422-866 499-1 Material Playin' With Fire(12") Axiom 422-866 499-1 US 1992 Sell This Version
74321 10715 2 Praxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)(CD, Album) Axiom 74321 10715 2 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
74321 12171 2 Mandinka - Fulani* Mandinka - Fulani* - Ancient Heart: Mandinka And Fulani Music Of The Gambia(CD, Album) Axiom 74321 12171 2 US 1990 Sell This Version
74321 15376 2 Umar Bin Hassan Be Bop Or Be Dead(CD, Album) Axiom 74321 15376 2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
74321 16127 2 Various Manifestation - Axiom Collection II(CD, Comp) Axiom, Axiom 74321 16127 2 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
74321 18190 2 Material Hallucination Engine(CD, Album) Axiom 74321 18190 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
7243 590390 2 2 Tabla Beat Science Live In San Francisco At Stern Grove - Vol 1(CD) Virgin, Palm Pictures, Axiom 7243 590390 2 2 India 2006 Sell This Version
7243 590612 2 1 Tabla Beat Science Tala Matrix(CD, Album) Virgin, Palm Pictures, Axiom 7243 590612 2 1 India 2007 Sell This Version
7243 590616 2 7 Tabla Beat Science Live In San Francisco At Stern Grove - Vol 2(CD) Virgin, Palm Pictures, Axiom 7243 590616 2 7 India 2006 Sell This Version
AXLPS 3004 Mandingo New World Power(LP) Axiom AXLPS 3004 US 1990 Sell This Version
AXMCD 1 Material Mantra(CD, Single) Axiom, Island Records AXMCD 1 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
AXMCD 2 Material Reality(CD, Maxi) Axiom AXMCD 2 US 1993 Sell This Version
I2 12338 Praxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)(CD, Album, Club) Axiom I2 12338 US 1992 Sell This Version
I 2 24077 Axiom Funk Funkcronomicon(2xCD, Comp) Axiom I 2 24077 US 1995 Sell This Version
MATERIAL CD DJ1 Material Rap Is Still An Art(CD, Single, Promo) Palm Pictures, Axiom MATERIAL CD DJ1 US 1999 Sell This Version