The Federation

The Federation began life in 1991 when Si John (singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist) and Alex Swift (programmer, bassist) teamed up with Julie Lockhart (vocals) to produce "Life So Free" for the Bristol charity compilation LP "The Hard Sell"

After an initial run of local gigs building on their live reputation, Mo Wax's James Lavelle realised that The Feds had something that should be heard on a wider plain and so signed them as part of the initial stable of acts that formed a more jazz based feel to the Mo' Wax approach.

The début long player, "Flower To The Sun" out sold all Mo' Wax releases up to that point of the label's history. To capitalise on their success on Mo' Wax, The Feds went on tour in the US, Japan and Europe and the band gained a reputation for live shows that were "heavier and more luxurious than a sea liner..." (Mixmag). Along the way they have played at legendary events such as Glastonbury and influential gigs at The Jazz Café, as well as supporting everyone from Galliano through to Roy Ayers and Gil Scott-Heron.

Since releasing more records on a soul angle, including the "Hold On" 12" and "Earth Loop" Long Player, The Feds changed approach to take on bass heavy business as a staple part of their make up. Drum & Bass with a jazz attitude became part of their live set. The final 12" that appeared on Indochina, the "Nocturnal EP", was an example of this new material.

The Feds then moved to Cup Of Tea Records for the release of the "See Through EP", with remix work for Purple Penguin's Memphis EP track under the guise of Finger.
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0087442MRO The Federation - Flower To The Sun album art Federation* Flower To The Sun (Album) Mo Wax 0087442MRO Germany 1994 Sell This Version
avlp 002 The Federation - Earthloop album art Federation* Earthloop (Album) Marlboro Music avlp 002 1995 Sell This Version
AVCD-11621 The Federation - Headspinz album art Federation* Headspinz (Album) Cup Of Tea Records AVCD-11621 Japan 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MW 015 The Federation - Remix E.P. album art Federation* Remix E.P. (EP) Mo Wax MW 015 UK 1993 Sell This Version
MW 006 The Federation - Life So Free album art The Federation Life So Free Mo Wax, Mo Wax MW 006 UK 1993 Sell This Version
0087635MRO The Federation - Hold On album art Federation* Hold On (Single) Marlboro Music 0087635MRO Germany 1994 Sell This Version
MRO 8723-5 The Federation - Like I Feel album art Federation* Like I Feel(CD, Maxi) Marlboro Music MRO 8723-5 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
ID037 CD The Federation - Paradise album art Federation* Paradise (Single, Maxi) Indochina ID037 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
ID043T The Federation - The Nocturne EP album art The Federation The Nocturne EP(12", EP) Indochina ID043T UK 1996 Sell This Version
AVCJ-60006 The Federation - Realise C/W Life So Free album art The Federation Realise C/W Life So Free(CD, Maxi, Promo) Jazz Not Jazz Records, Mo Wax AVCJ-60006 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
COT 037 The Federation - See Through album art The Federation See Through (Single) Cup Of Tea Records COT 037 UK 1997 Sell This Version
IRNDJ 004 The Federation - Headspinz album art The Federation Headspinz(12", Promo) Iron America IRNDJ 004 US 1998 Sell This Version