Awkward Silence Recordings

Awkward Silence Recordings

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Awkward Silence Recordings was an independent record label based in Kent in the south-east of England, which was started in 1999 and run by John, who has also been involved with running other indie labels in the past.

The label was set up to release limited edition split singles/EPs and focussed on featuring an artist who had released music on other labels on one side and then an unknown often quite similar sounding artist on the other.

The very first release featured the influential German electronic artist Arovane, at the time when he was just breaking through with the album 'Atol Scrap' with the worldwide debut release by the then unknown Christian Kleine, who later signed to Morr Music / City Centre Offices and was half of Herrmann & Kleine, on the other side. This continued throughout the catalogue, most notably with Papa M's (David Pajo) split single with UK underground post-rock band Unhome, long before the Slint reunions, and later with melodic electronic act ISAN releasing an EP with the excellent Tomcats In Tokyo from France, with the final split release featuring Fieldtriqp and Christ., which is the solo project of Chris Horne, former member of Boards of Canada.

Awkward Silence was always run as a hobby-label with releases appearing as and when the time felt right, often with long gaps between discs and then with two or more new singles appearing in shops on the same day! The label was also a firm favourite with John Peel, who played tracks regularly on his BBC Radio 1 shows.

The artwork on all releases has always followed the same layout with the main image usually being submitted by one of the musical artists on the release, with everything printed in monochrome colours. All releases up to number 18 were on 7" vinyl and then the switch was made to limited run 3" CDrs housed in cute mini m-lock CD cases in 2005. Short run vinyl pressing prices were proving restrictive and the new digital format meant that more music could be included on each release, up to 21 minutes.

The label's back catalogue features over 30 split releases by more than 60 artists from all over the world, many of whom are well-respected and have gone on to have successes elsewhere.

The missing catalogue numbers on Discogs:
awkward 09 - Awkward Silence Recordings mouse mat. A Christmas present to the label from within the Awkward Silence family in 2001. Limited edition of 1 only.
awkward 13 - Limited edition Awkward Silence Recordings T-shirt. It included the computer logo on the front breast with the label name and website address on the back, and each one was finished off with 'is t-shirt' on the lower front left-hand side. Each shirt came with its own catalogue number ID tag. Edition of 100 in total.
awkward 22 was due to be a split release for Bronnt Industries Kapital / Ecce, but it never quite happened.

Thanks for reading this far,
John
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
awkward 01 Arovane & Christian Kleine - Yeer / Disper Arovane & Christian Kleine Arovane & Christian Kleine - Yeer / Disper awkward 01 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 02 Yellow6 & Portal - Series 1 / Series 1 (Reworked) Yellow6 & Portal Yellow6 & Portal - Series 1 / Series 1 (Reworked) awkward 02 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 03 Portal & Yellow6 - Naming Stars / Naming Stars (Reworked) Portal & Yellow6 Portal & Yellow6 - Naming Stars / Naming Stars (Reworked) awkward 03 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 04 Tarentel & Lilienthal - Sets And Rises / Rises And Sets Tarentel & Lilienthal Tarentel & Lilienthal - Sets And Rises / Rises And Sets (Single) awkward 04 UK 2000 Sell This Version
awkward 05 Lowfish & Schengen - Untitled Lowfish & Schengen Lowfish & Schengen - Untitled awkward 05 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 06 Epic45 & 100 Pets - Untitled Epic45 & 100 Pets Epic45 & 100 Pets - Untitled (Single) awkward 06 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 07 Skanfrom & Brioche Kretzaal - Untitled Skanfrom & Brioche Kretzaal Skanfrom & Brioche Kretzaal - Untitled awkward 07 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 08 Accelera Deck & Sybarite - Untitled Accelera Deck & Sybarite Accelera Deck & Sybarite - Untitled (Single) awkward 08 UK 2001 Sell This Version
awkward 10 Papa M & Unhome - Untitled Papa M & Unhome Papa M & Unhome - Untitled (Single) awkward 10 UK 2001 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 11 Lusine Icl* & The Buddy System - Untitled Lusine Icl* & The Buddy System Lusine Icl* & The Buddy System - Untitled AWKWARD 11 UK 2002 Sell This Version
awkward 12 Bauri & Novel 23 - Untitled Bauri & Novel 23 Bauri & Novel 23 - Untitled (EP) awkward 12 UK 2002 Sell This Version
awkward 14 Cathode & OJN - Untitled Cathode & OJN Cathode & OJN - Untitled awkward 14 UK 2002 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 15 The Workhouse & Souvaris - Untitled The Workhouse & Souvaris The Workhouse & Souvaris - Untitled (Single) AWKWARD 15 UK 2003 Sell This Version
awkward 16 The Marcia Blaine School For Girls* & D_rradio - Untitled The Marcia Blaine School For Girls* & D_rradio The Marcia Blaine School For Girls* & D_rradio - Untitled awkward 16 UK 2003 Sell This Version
awkward 17 Part Chimp & Joeyfat - Part Chimp & Joeyfat Part Chimp & Joeyfat Part Chimp & Joeyfat - Part Chimp & Joeyfat (Single) awkward 17 UK 2004 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 18 Stafrænn Hákon & Emery Reel - Untitled Stafrænn Hákon & Emery Reel Stafrænn Hákon & Emery Reel - Untitled (Single) AWKWARD 18 UK 2004 Sell This Version
awkward 19 Maps And Diagrams* & Verbose - Untitled Maps And Diagrams* & Verbose Maps And Diagrams* & Verbose - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 19 UK 2005 Sell This Version
awkward 20 Nautilis & Uga - Untitled Nautilis & Uga Nautilis & Uga - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 20 UK 2005 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 21 Tomcats In Tokyo & ISAN - Untitled Tomcats In Tokyo & ISAN Tomcats In Tokyo & ISAN - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 21 UK 2005 Sell This Version
awkward 23 Matthew Rozeik & Ylid - Untitled Matthew Rozeik & Ylid Matthew Rozeik & Ylid - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 23 UK 2005 Sell This Version
awkward 24 Cheju & Shoosh - Untitled Cheju & Shoosh Cheju & Shoosh - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 24 UK 2007 Sell This Version
awkward 25 Kimonophonic & Dunaewsky69 - Untitled Kimonophonic & Dunaewsky69 Kimonophonic & Dunaewsky69 - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 25 UK 2008 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 26 The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers - Untitled The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 26 UK 2008 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 26P The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers - Untitled The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers The Flowers Of Hell & Will Carruthers - Untitled(CDr, Promo) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 26P UK 2008 Sell This Version
AWKWARD 27 Milieu & The Dandelion Council - Untitled Milieu & The Dandelion Council Milieu & The Dandelion Council - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings AWKWARD 27 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Awkward 28 Manual & Orange Crush - Untitled Manual & Orange Crush Manual & Orange Crush - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings Awkward 28 UK 2008 Sell This Version
awkward 29 Porn Sword Tobacco & Downstate - Untitled Porn Sword Tobacco & Downstate Porn Sword Tobacco & Downstate - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 29 UK 2009 Sell This Version
awkward 30 Absent Without Leave & Landshipping - Untitled Absent Without Leave & Landshipping Absent Without Leave & Landshipping - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 30 UK 2010 Sell This Version
awkward 31 Fonogram & Konntinent - Untitled Fonogram & Konntinent Fonogram & Konntinent - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 31 UK 2010 Sell This Version
awkward 32 Sense & Min-Y-Llan - Untitled Sense & Min-Y-Llan Sense & Min-Y-Llan - Untitled (EP) awkward 32 UK 2011 Sell This Version
awkward 33 Kaneel & Lackluster - Untitled Kaneel & Lackluster Kaneel & Lackluster - Untitled(CDr, Mini, Ltd) Awkward Silence Recordings awkward 33 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Awkward 34 Fieldtriqp & Christ. - Untitled Fieldtriqp & Christ. Fieldtriqp & Christ. - Untitled (EP) Awkward 34 UK 2011 Sell This Version

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twisted-TXB

twisted-TXB

November 23, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
Similar to labels like Static Caravan, Awkward Silence Recordings focuses on high quality singles by indie artists that share the same taste for great music, ranging from quiet idm to indie rock. Too bad they switched the format from 7" to 3"CDr lately, which in my opinion make the releases less collectable. At least they kept their trademark Ziplock packaging.