Nation Records

Nation Records

Profile:
Set up in 1988 by Katherine Canoville & Aki Nawaz (a.k.a. Propa-Gandi from Fun-Da-Mental). Specialized in World-Fusion.

The formation of the Nation Records Limited music label in 1988 brought to the forefront of the British-Asian music scene the distinctive concept of World-Dance-Fusion, through the cross fertilisation of traditional, multicultural sound tracks fuelled by the rhythms of dub, hip-hop, techno and house. Nation Records, established in Ladbroke Grove, south west London, was the brainchild of long time friends Katherine Canoville and Aki Nawaz. Having previously faced rejection from major record labels unsympathetic to their musical philosophy, the label was conceived in an effort to provide a space to express and promote the originality and creativity derived from fusing world music. Nawaz describes the principle of Nation Records: 'It has always been based on an idea from the punk era, be radical musically and politically, never work by the book, re-invent the rules and then re-invent them again when those rules become the norm.'

Essential to Nation Records is the belief in the synthesis of cross cultural melodies and rap with politically motivated communication, a developed consciousness of global politics, equality and freedom from oppression. Through this belief, Nation Records present opportunities for bands to join the groundbreaking label and articulate their own identity and issues of concern such as anti-racism and outrage at the grass roots effects of international politics. Collaborations have ensued with many artistes of South Asian descent, in addition to those of Algerian, Bosnian, Gaelic, Hungarian, Khazak, Moroccan, Native American, South African and Siberian cultures, to name a few. The bands which have evolved from this unique interplay between diverse musical traditions and political consciousness are spearheaded by the label's pertinent slogan - 'Creative,Innovation and Uncompromising'.

April 1988, saw the first release from Nation Records, entitled Fuse - World Dance Music. This compilation album introduced the audience to the cultural hybrid which fused bhangra and Latin with house and techno rhythms through then unknown artistes such as Mahatma T now better known as Talvin Singh and Pulse 8 (which included the musicians from On-U-Sound, David Harrow with Jah Wobble and Justin Adams). Between 1993 and 2000, Nation released numerous singles and albums from artistes of immense diverse musical influences, from the Sikh hip-hop trio, Hustlers H.C. to Loop Guru, a project guided by the natural sounds of the world captured on samplers, and Ambisonic, an Afro-Gaelic, Edinburgh-based duo who have now dissolved. Other artistes included South Africa's first seven man hip-hop group, Prophets Of Da City; the collective known as Asian Dub Foundation; fusion pioneers Joi and solo efforts by Transglobal Underground (TGU) vocalist Natacha Atlas and TGU spin-off band Xangbetos.

After co-founder Katherine Canoville's departure from the label in 1997, Aki Nawaz guaranteed Nation's progression by continuing to work with his brainchild group, the militantly labelled and politically motivated Fun-Da-Mental, and Transglobal Underground as well as signing newer artistes, for example Recycler, Charged (2) and solo artists such as TJ Rehmi and DJ Cheb I Sabbah. As Nation's philosophy of eclectic fusion and strong political views progressed, several new fusion-band signings followed including: Blue Bommer, Swami, and Yam Yam.

Since 1988, nine critically acclaimed CD compilation albums have been released on Nation Records. Together, the albums feature twenty-seven of the artists signed to the record label. 'Fuse Volume 1' in 1988 and 'Fuse Volume 2' in 1990 were the 1st two dance compilations. 'Global Sweatbox' was released in 1993. This was followed by Nation Record's slogan, 'Creative-Innovative-Uncompromising' headlining the 4th compilation album produced in 1995. 1996 saw the making of 'Fuse 3 - Global Chaos', which featured new tracks from Transglobal Underground and Fun-Da-Mental among others from different record labels. '...And Still No Hits' was Nation Records' 6th compilation in 1997 and their first double CD. It carried twenty-six tracks from almost every artist signed to the label and was described as 'the most concise history of Nation Records so far'. In 2000, 'Qilaash - How the West was One' was produced. Its subtitle, 'Songs from the Asian Overground' set out to ridicule the categorised term 'Asian underground.' In 2002, the compilations 'Global Chilling' and 'Global Warming' were released alongside 'Select Cuts from Nation' which features tracks from several bands taken from the archives of Nation Records.

In 1997-1998, Nation Records' left arm, Flo, was created by Director Aki Nawaz. This label currently produces six artists (Panicstepper, 2nd Gen., Made In Britain, Pilgrim, Medusa & Code Talker). The label is influenced by an idea to break away from the self imposed 'world music fusion' genre, while applying the creative elements of the Nation philosophy to experimental electronic music.
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Contact Info:
Nation Records Ltd.
19 All Saints Road,Notting Hill
London W11 1HE
UK
info@nationrecords.co.uk
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
91745-4 Drunk With Passion  album cover The Golden Palominos Drunk With Passion (Album) 91745-4 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
444 024-2 Fuse • World Dance Music  album cover Various Fuse • World Dance Music(CD, Comp) 4th & Broadway 444 024-2 US 1989 Sell This Version
444 024-4 Fuse • World Dance Music  album cover Various Fuse • World Dance Music(Cass, Comp, SR) 4th & Broadway 444 024-4 US 1989 Sell This Version
476825 2 Dream Of 100 Nations  album cover Trans-Global Underground* Dream Of 100 Nations(CD, Album) Nation Records, Nation Records 476825 2 France 1993 Sell This Version
477677 2 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times(CD, Album) Nation Records 477677 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
477677 9 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times(CD, Album) Nation Records, Nation Records 477677 9 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
8 93412 2 Yalla Chant  album cover Natacha Atlas Yalla Chant(CD, Single) Nation Records 8 93412 2 France 1995 Sell This Version
440 504-0 DJ Radio Morocco  album cover Pulse 8 Featuring Jah Wobble & Justin Adams Pulse 8 Featuring Jah Wobble & Justin Adams - Radio Morocco(12", Promo) 4th & Broadway 440 504-0 DJ US 1990 Sell This Version
162-531 024-2 Quango World Voices  album cover Various Quango World Voices(CD, Comp) Quango Records, Island Records 162-531 024-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
7243 841972 5 Facts And Fictions  album cover Asian Dub Foundation Facts And Fictions(CD, Album) Nation Records, Labels 7243 841972 5 France 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 40661 2 3 Diaspora  album cover Natacha Atlas Diaspora (Album) 7243 8 40661 2 3 France 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 40662 2 2 Universal Souljaz  album cover Prophets Of Da City Universal Souljaz(CD, Album) Nation Records, Nation Records 7243 8 40662 2 2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8 41230 2 4 Interplanetary Meltdown  album cover Transglobal Underground Interplanetary Meltdown(CD, Album) Nation Records, Nation Records 7243 8 41230 2 4 France 1995 Sell This Version
72438 455182 7 Erotic Terrorism  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Erotic Terrorism(CD, Album) Beggars Banquet, Nation Records, Labels 72438 455182 7 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
ADF CD1 Facts & Fictions Sampler  album cover Asian Dub Foundation Facts & Fictions Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Nation Records ADF CD1 UK 1995 Sell This Version
ATLAS 1 Duden  album cover Natacha Atlas Duden(12", Single) Mantra Recordings, Nation Records ATLAS 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
ATLAS 1 CD Duden  album cover Natacha Atlas Duden(CD, Maxi) Mantra Recordings, Nation Records ATLAS 1 CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
CAT 133 CD Ambush!  album cover DJScud* Ambush!(CD, Comp) Rephlex CAT 133 CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
CD-8085 Halim  album cover Natacha Atlas Halim(CD, Album) Fonomusic CD-8085 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
cdreps189 Erotic Terrorism  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Erotic Terrorism(CD, Album, Promo) Beggars Banquet, Nation Records, Labels cdreps189 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
CORX026CD Transglobal Underground Boss Tabla E.P.(CD, EP) Cortex, Nation Records CORX026CD Australia 1996 Sell This Version
CTX053CD Psychic Karaoke  album cover Transglobal Underground Psychic Karaoke(CD, Album) Cortex CTX053CD Australia 1996 Sell This Version
DAK2107 Yakshini  album cover Makyo Yakshini(CD, Album) Dakini Records DAK2107 Japan 2001 Sell This Version
EK 66432 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times (Album) EK 66432 US 1994 Sell This Version
FDM 2 Mother India (Sabres Of Paradise Remixes)  album cover FDM* Mother India (Sabres Of Paradise Remixes)(12", Single) Nation Records FDM 2 UK 1995 Sell This Version
FDM 3 With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Tracks From The Forthcoming Album)  album cover Fun>Da>Mental* With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice! (Tracks From The Forthcoming Album)(12", Promo, Smplr) Nation Records, Mantra Recordings FDM 3 UK 1995 Sell This Version
FDM 3CD Untitled  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Untitled(CD, Maxi, Promo) Nation Records FDM 3CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
FDM 4 Mother India (Moody Boyz Remixes)  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Mother India (Moody Boyz Remixes)(12", Promo) Nation Records FDM 4 UK 1995 Sell This Version
FDM Promo 1 Cointelpro  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Cointelpro(12", Promo) Nation Records FDM Promo 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
FUNPROMO2 Fun'da'mental* Demonised Soul / Death In Silence(12", Promo) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet FUNPROMO2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
GS 1 PROMO Global Sweatbox Promo 1  album cover Uzma / Pulse 8 Uzma / Pulse 8 - Global Sweatbox Promo 1(12", Ltd, Promo) Nation Records GS 1 PROMO UK 1993 Sell This Version
HVNLP11MC Various Annie On One(Cass, Comp) Heavenly, Heavenly HVNLP11MC UK 1996 Sell This Version
MCA3P-90124 Transglobal Underground Rejoice Rejoice(CD, Album, Promo) MCA Records, Nation Records MCA3P-90124 US 1998 Sell This Version
MCA5P 3951 Chariots  album cover Transglobal Underground Chariots(CD, Single, Promo) MCA Records, Nation Records MCA5P 3951 US 1997 Sell This Version
MCA8P 3952 Chariots  album cover Transglobal Underground Chariots(12", Promo) MCA Records, Nation Records MCA8P 3952 US 1997 Sell This Version
MCAC 11524 Transglobal Underground Psychic Karaoke(Cass, Album) Nation Records MCAC 11524 US 1996 Sell This Version
MCAD-11524 Psychic Karaoke  album cover Transglobal Underground Psychic Karaoke(CD, Album) MCA Records, Nation Records MCAD-11524 US 1997 Sell This Version
MCASD-11796 Rejoice Rejoice  album cover Transglobal Underground Rejoice Rejoice(CD, Album) MCA Records MCASD-11796 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
NAN 477677 2 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times (Album) NAN 477677 2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
NAN 477677 3 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times(Cass, Album) Nation Records NAN 477677 3 Netherlands 1994 Sell This Version
NAN 660342 2 Temple Head  album cover Transglobal Underground Temple Head(CD, Maxi) Nation Records, Nation Records NAN 660342 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
NAN 660342 6 Temple Head  album cover Transglobal Underground Temple Head(12") Nation Records, Nation Records NAN 660342 6 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
NAN 660688 2 Protean  album cover Transglobal Underground Protean(CD, Maxi) Nation Records, Nation Records NAN 660688 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 22CD Dog-Tribe  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Dog-Tribe(CD, Single) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet NAT 22CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 22T Dog-Tribe  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Dog-Tribe(12") Nation Records NAT 22T UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT31DJ Duniya Remixes  album cover Loop Guru Duniya Remixes(12", Promo) Nation Records NAT31DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
NAT 35CD FUSE 1 & 2 (World Dance Music)  album cover Various FUSE 1 & 2 (World Dance Music)(CD, Comp) Nation Records NAT 35CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 40CD Leysh Nat'Arak  album cover Natacha Atlas Leysh Nat'Arak(CD, Single) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet, Mantra Recordings NAT 40CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 40T Leysh Nat' Arak  album cover Natacha Atlas Leysh Nat' Arak(12") Nation Records NAT 40T UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 44CD Gold Burger  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Gold Burger(CD, Maxi) Nation Records NAT 44CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 44T Gold Burger  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Gold Burger(12") Nation Records, Beggars Banquet NAT 44T UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 45CD Never Again  album cover Prophets Of Da City Never Again(CD, Maxi) Nation Records NAT 45CD UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 45T Never Again  album cover Prophets Of Da City Never Again(12", Single) Nation Records NAT 45T UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 45T PROMO 1 Never Again  album cover Prophets Of Da City Never Again(12", Promo) Nation Records NAT 45T PROMO 1 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NAT 47LP Natacha Atlas Diaspora(12", W/Lbl) Nation Records NAT 47LP UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 50CD Creative Innovative Uncompromising  album cover Various Creative Innovative Uncompromising(CD, Comp) Nation Records NAT 50CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT50MC Creative Innovative Uncompromising  album cover Various Creative Innovative Uncompromising(Cass, Album) Nation Records, Nation Records NAT50MC UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 53CD Da Struggle Kontinues / Wild Stylz  album cover Prophets Of Da City Da Struggle Kontinues / Wild Stylz(CD, Maxi) Nation Records NAT 53CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 53 DJ Da Struggle Kontinues  album cover Prophets Of Da City Da Struggle Kontinues(12", Promo) Nation Records NAT 53 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 53T Da Struggle Kontinues  album cover Prophets Of Da City Da Struggle Kontinues(12") Nation Records NAT 53T UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT55 CD Mother India  album cover Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah Fun>Da>Mental* Featuring Subi Shah - Mother India(CD, Single) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet, Mantra Recordings NAT55 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 55T Mother India  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Mother India(12") Nation Records NAT 55T UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT56LP Unknown Artist Untitled(12", W/Lbl) Nation Records NAT56LP UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 57CD Interplanetary Meltdown  album cover Transglobal Underground Interplanetary Meltdown (Album) NAT 57CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 57LP Interplanetary Meltdown  album cover Transglobal Underground Interplanetary Meltdown(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NAT 57LP UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 58 CD Facts And Fictions  album cover Asian Dub Foundation Facts And Fictions (Album) NAT 58 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 58 LP Facts And Fictions  album cover Asian Dub Foundation Facts And Fictions(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NAT 58 LP UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 59CD Wild Stylz  album cover Prophets Of Da City Wild Stylz(CD, Maxi) Nation Records NAT 59CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 59T Wild Stylz  album cover Prophets Of Da City Wild Stylz(12", Single) Nation Records NAT 59T UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT 60 CD Yalla Chant  album cover Natacha Atlas Featuring Additional Vocals By Kinky* Natacha Atlas Featuring Additional Vocals By Kinky* - Yalla Chant(CD, Single) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet, Mantra Recordings, Nation Records NAT 60 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 60T Yalla Chant  album cover Natacha Atlas Yalla Chant(12") Nation Records, Nation Records NAT 60T UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 62CD Mutha Land Funk  album cover Prophets Of Da City Mutha Land Funk(CD, Maxi) Nation Records NAT 62CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 62T Prophets Of Da City Mutha Land Funk(12") Nation Records NAT 62T UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 77CD GodDevil  album cover Fun-Da-Mental GodDevil(CD, Single) Nation Records NAT 77CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 77T GodDevil  album cover Fun-Da-Mental GodDevil(12", Single) Nation Records NAT 77T UK 1996 Sell This Version
NAT 86CD Amulet  album cover Natacha Atlas Amulet(CD, Maxi) Nation Records, Beggars Banquet NAT 86CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
NAT 86T Amulet  album cover Natacha Atlas Amulet NAT 86T UK 1997 Sell This Version
NAT 91CD Ja Sha Taan  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan(CD, Maxi) Nation Records NAT 91CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
NAT 91T Ja Sha Taan  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Ja Sha Taan(12") Nation Records NAT 91T UK 1997 Sell This Version
NAT 94CD Demonised Soul  album cover Fun'da'mental* Demonised Soul (Single, Maxi) NAT 94CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
NAT 94T Demonised Soul  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Demonised Soul(12") Nation Records, Beggars Banquet NAT 94T UK Unknown Sell This Version
NATCD31 Duniya (The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy)  album cover Loop Guru Duniya (The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy)(CD, Album) Nation Records NATCD31 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATCD 33 Seize The Time  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time (Album) NATCD 33 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATCD38 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times(CD, Album) Nation Records NATCD38 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATCD 47 Diaspora  album cover Natacha Atlas Diaspora (Album) NATCD 47 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NATCD 54 Universal Souljaz  album cover Prophets Of Da City Universal Souljaz(CD, Album) Nation Records NATCD 54 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NATCD 56 With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice!  album cover Fun>Da>Mental* With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice!(CD, Album) Nation Records NATCD 56 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NAT CD 1080 Erotic Terrorism  album cover Fun'Da'Mental* Erotic Terrorism (Album) NAT CD 1080 UK 1998 Sell This Version
NATCD 1087 Halim  album cover Natacha Atlas Halim (Album) NATCD 1087 UK 1997 Sell This Version
NATLP31 Duniya (The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy)  album cover Loop Guru Duniya (The Intrinsic Passion Of Mysterious Joy)(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NATLP31 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATLP 33 Seize The Time  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time (Album) NATLP 33 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NATLP 38 Transglobal Underground International Times NATLP 38 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATLP 47 Diaspora  album cover Natacha Atlas Diaspora(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NATLP 47 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NATLP 54 Universal Souljaz  album cover Prophets Of Da City Universal Souljaz(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NATLP 54 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NATLP 56 With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice!  album cover Fun-Da-Mental With Intent To Pervert The Cause Of Injustice!(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NATLP 56 UK 1995 Sell This Version
NATLP 1080 Erotic Terrorism  album cover Fun'Da'Mental* Erotic Terrorism(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NATLP 1080 UK 1998 Sell This Version
NAT LP 1087 Halim  album cover Natacha Atlas Halim(2xLP, Album) Nation Records NAT LP 1087 UK 1997 Sell This Version
NATMC 33 Seize The Time  album cover Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time(Cass, Album) Nation Records NATMC 33 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATMC 38 International Times  album cover Transglobal Underground International Times(Cass, Album) Nation Records NATMC 38 UK 1994 Sell This Version
NATMC 47 Diaspora  album cover Natacha Atlas Diaspora(Cass, Album) Nation Records NATMC 47 UK Unknown Sell This Version