On August 8th, a Sony/PIAS warehouse that held inventory for indie record labels such as XL/Beggars, Warp, Rough Trade, Domino, 4AD, Sub Pop, Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Drag City, Thrill Jockey, FatCat, Kompakt, Mute, Ninja Tune, and Vice burned down. While this tragic event had no human casualties, the warehouse burned down to the ground, wiping out the entire inventory, a huge blow to over 150 independent labels. While FMF does not like to see this kind of thing at all, one label that was affected has hit harder here at Flea Market Funk: Soul Jazz. Soul Jazz, a major reissue player of Soul, Jazz, Funk, Ska, Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and more, has always been a favorite here at FMF. I mentioned them a few weeks ago in regards to the Black Jazz master tapes being on Craigslist for sale, when they were accused of reissuing some records without license (which was not proven true or false).
“The overall affect of this fire (besides the obvious loss of product) has yet to be determined, and can only contribute to the shaky state of independent music.”
Unfortunately, this week, the events in London led to the destruction of said warehouse with Soul Jazz inventory in it. PIAS issued a statement today:
“There was a fire last night at the Sony/DADC warehouse which services the physical distribution for PAIS in the UK and Ireleand. PAIS is working closely with Sony/DADC who are implementing their emergency plans. PIAS’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected. More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners.”
The overall affect of this fire (besides the obvious loss of product) has yet to be determined, and can only contribute to the shaky state of independent music. Another label Ninja Tune, which has been on the cutting edge of beat oriented electronic music was also affected as mentioned above. Ninja Tune has also put out some quality stuff over the last 20 years, and it’s a shame that this had to happen to anyone. To be continued…..