Based in London, Rothko were founded by Mark Beazley and have been in existence since the spring of 1997, playing their first show at The Hope and Anchor in Islington in August the same year.

Their first release was a 7" single, For Danny, on Fierce Panda in the Autumn of '97 and the original line up of Mark, Crawford Blair and Jon Meade, went on to release EP's, singles and three albums, on labels such as Lo Recordings, Bella Union, Foundry, Kraak, Zeal and Narwhal.

In 2000 Mark signed a publishing deal with Mute Song.

The original line up disbanded in 2001 and Mark carried on the Rothko name. His first release on his own was his collaboration with Japanese ambient master Susumu Yokota, the 12" EP Waters Edge on Jon Tye's Lo Recordings.

Late in 2001, Mark signed a deal with Too Pure Records and in 2002 released the album 'A Continual Search For Origins' and 7" single Red Cells.

In 2003 Mark started his own label, Trace Recordings, releasing the critically acclaimed Wish For A World Without Hurt album, a collaboration with BLK w/BEAR aka Washington DC based sound and visual artist Jim Adams.

Since 2004, the line up has been Mark with Michael Donnellly on bass guitar, Ben Page on keyboards and Tom Page on drums and percussion.

In recent years, the group have toured extensively in France and their most recent album, Eleven Stages of Intervention, was released on the Bip Hop label of Marseille in June 2007, followed in September 07 by the retrospective CDr album A Life Lived Elsewhere.

The groups final release was the Sunset To Sunrise EP on Mark Beazley's Trace Recordings label in April 2010 and in October of 2010 they amicably parted ways to concentrate on new musical endeavours.

In August 2015, the band, now consisting of Mark Beazley and Michael Donnelly, releases a new EP on Trace Recordings.

Rothko Discography Tracks


Rothko A Negative For Francis (Album) Lo Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
Rothko Forty Years To Find A Voice (Album) Lo Recordings UK 2000 Sell This Version
Rothko In The Pulse Of An Artery (Album) Instinct Records France 2001 Sell This Version
Rothko Not Gone. Not Forgotten. (Album) Lo Recordings UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Rothko No Anchor No Chart No Rudder No Sails(CDr, Album) Burning Shed none UK 2001 Sell This Version
Rothko A Continual Search For Origins (Album) Too Pure UK 2002 Sell This Version
mf010 Yellow6RothkoLanding Yellow6RothkoLanding - New Found Land(CD) Music Fellowship mf010 US 2002 Sell This Version
TRACECD 001 Rothko . Blk w/Bear Rothko . Blk w/Bear - Wish For A World Without Hurt(CD, Album) Trace Recordings TRACECD 001 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Susumu Yokota & Rothko Susumu Yokota & Rothko - Distant Sounds Of Summer (Album, MiniAlbum) Lo Recordings UK 2005 Sell This Version
Rothko And Caroline Ross Rothko And Caroline Ross - A Place Between (Album) Lo Recordings, Lo Recordings UK 2005 Sell This Version
Rothko Eleven Stages Of Intervention (Album) BiP_HOp France 2007 Sell This Version
TRACECD002 Rothko A Life Lived Elsewhere(CDr, Album, Ltd) Trace Recordings TRACECD002 UK 2007 Sell This Version
Rothko 1997 And Other Things Trace Recordings UK 2009
TRACECD018 Rothko A Young Fist Curled Around A Cinder For A Wager(CD, Album) Trace Recordings TRACECD018 UK 2016 Sell This Version
TRACECD017 Rothko Discover The Lost(CD, Album) Trace Recordings TRACECD017 UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rothko Feed Me Those Bitter Leaves Livid Meerkat, Livid Meerkat UK 1998 Sell This Version
Rothko Pressurisation Unit No.2 (Single) Narwhal Recordings UK 1998 Sell This Version
bgirl002 Elephant (7) / Rothko Elephant (7) / Rothko - Soul Destroyer / With Voices(7", Single, Spl) Bond Girl Records bgirl002 UK 1998 Sell This Version
NING 57 Rothko / Billy Mahonie Rothko / Billy Mahonie - For Danny / Hoon(7", Single, Ltd) Fierce Panda NING 57 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Four Tet / Rothko Four Tet / Rothko - Rivers Become Oceans Lo Recordings UK 1999 Sell This Version
fr003cd Rothko Truth Burns(CD, EP) Foundry Recordings fr003cd UK 1999 Sell This Version
DRWIN00 Rothko Winter 2000 (Singles Club)(CD, EP, Ltd) Day Release DRWIN00 UK 2000 Sell This Version
09 (Carol Whiskey 9) Rothko / Tarentel Rothko / Tarentel - Carol Whiskey 9(7", Single, Ltd) Jonathon Whiskey 09 (Carol Whiskey 9) UK 2000 Sell This Version
k020 Rothko Storm Cycle(10") (K-RAA-K)³ k020 Belgium 2000 Sell This Version
WNRS5 The Monsoon Bassoon* / Rothko The Monsoon Bassoon* / Rothko - Wall Of Suss #1(7", Single) Weird Neighbourhood Records WNRS5 UK 2000 Sell This Version


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January 5, 2003
Top flippin band! In London in the late 90s you'd be hard pushed to find another band that could produce the lovely undulating ambience/noise that they did so well......and all with just three bass players!
Check for their remix of The Monsoon Bassoon and vice versa, two slices of lovely avant pop.
Still going, tho I haven't heard nor seen them for a while, and the line up had changed. They ran shared members with the awesome Geiger Counter in fact I think they were all in Geiger at some point. Top effing band too (check Rosewood Union and Piao! labels for info). Geigers morfed into Foe, who also rock the damn boat (check House Of Stairs label for more info)
I have some very fond memories of Rothko cutting their swates of lysergic noise in dingy venues throughout London and beyond. Top bunch of blokes too.
Crawford of Rothko produced The Monsoon Bassoon for a couple of singles, these are really worth checking out. Hard to find but worth the effort, they're on Weird Neighbourhood Records, one of them was a reinterpretation of Rothko themselves, t'other was the same of the womderful Max Tundra. Seek all and enjoy......

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