When I first heard of “Vancouver deep house duo” Bob Moses (DJ Mag Canada), I wanted to pull out the crucifix. I know I’m in the minority but ‘deep house’ are just dirty words to me usually. Bob Moses could very well be different though, which might explain why legendary-indie Domino have just signed them. Canadians Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie formed in NYC and have previously released on the boutique label Scissor and Thread, and you can expect to hear a lot more from these guys if Domino have anything to do with it.
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Domino Records are one of those independents that have a great reputation with their artists, and so Bob Moses should be a welcome addition to the family. Apparently, Yo Majesty! are the only group to ever be dropped inamicably by the label. Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for record labels. It seems that some are very much in the bad books with their artists of late – two that come to mind are Childish Gambino and, of course, Azealia Banks. Azealia kicked onto the international stage in late 2011 with 212 and since then… not much! But it wasn’t just a case where Azealia was written off by the general public as a one-hit wonder. The belief is she has an albums worth of hits, but her label just won’t bloody release them. The result is the world has been awaiting Banks’ debut album Broke with Expensive Taste so long that people have stopped caring now. Azealia has been more than clear about her frustrations also, tweeting earlier this year –
I REALLY should have signed with Sony. Can someone at Sony buy me off of Universal please?? i’m really in hell here. Please Help : Serious Inquiry. I would literally give anything to be on XL right now. I’m tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft. they don’t even know what they’re listening for or to. I’m literally begging to be dropped from Universal. Universal needs to just hand me over to another label who knows what to do with me. My fans really need some new music. I’ve been gratefully riding off of mixtape fumes for the past two years but I’m more ready than ever…..
A few months later, Childish Gambino was likewise on his Twitter to badmouth his label Glassnote Records. The rant was seemingly sparked by the handling of the release of a new video for his track Sweatpants and a tour blog. Gambino wrote: “So this ‘Sweatpants’ video and blog was important to us and it wasn’t handled correctly. We were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. So I’m done. Someone buy me out of this contract. A lot of people came around after our first week sales. All those people are welcome now. Def Jam, Atlantic, whatever”.
Finally he wrote: “Don’t lie to me. I know I’m not loud, or outrageous, or a white girl with a big ass, but I’m fuckin honest. My team is honest. You’re not on my team if you’re not honest. Don’t lie to me”. It probably is easy to label these artists as pulling hissy fits and being princesses, but realistically record labels can have a bad rep in the industry. The truth is there are some bad ones out there. Let’s hope that Azealia and Childish sort their shit out with their labels and Bob Moses don’t end up in some similar frustrating situation. And, most importantly, let’s hope they all continue to knock out some great music.