October 5, 2019


Brand New “Transgressive Is 15” Compilation – Available Only In Selected Stores Worldwide Now

Label Focus launched with Rough Trade Shops – including special releases + an instore event at Rough Trade East, featuring exclusive live solo set from Johnny Flynn + Transgressive DJs on Friday October 18th

In a year that’s seen Transgressive turn 15 in uproarious style, through packed stage takeovers at The Great Escape, Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds, the party continues into the autumn with the news that the UK-based music company will partner up with a selection of the world’s finest independent music stores. 

Available around the world at leading indie stores (whilst stocks last), is an exclusive “Transgressive Is 15” CD compilation, featuring material from the cream of the independent imprint’s roster, including (in no particular order) SOPHIE, Flume, Songhoy Blues, Julia Jacklin, Let’s Eat Grandma, Foals, Blaenavon, Hippo Campus, Cosmo Sheldrake plus brand new signings such as Arlo Parks, KOKOKO!, Julien Chang, Benny Mails, Boniface and Calpurnia.

15 songs from 15 extremely vital and diverse artists, marking 15 extraordinary years: the perfect snapshot for a label that endeavours to redefine itself with each and every release. Keep an eye out for participating stores. In addition, Rough Trade Shops have made Transgressive its Label Focus across the next six weeks. To celebrate this partnership, a series of special releases will be available exclusively via the retail chain, in its two London stores, Nottingham, Bristol and New York

The list of releases includes a 300-only pressing of the first four seminal Foals albums on limited edition cassette format – 2008’s ‘Antidotes’, 2010’s ‘Total Life Forever’, 2013’s ‘Holy Fire’ and 2015’s ‘What Went Down’ – plus a covers 7″ from Calpurnia which includes their spirited renditions of Weezer’s ‘Say It Ain’t So’ and Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind’. Repressed for the first time since release, in a bid to tackle the Discogs traders where copies often sell in the triple figures, the acclaimed first two albums from Johnny Flynn – ‘A Larum’ and ‘Been Listening’ – will once more be available on deluxe vinyl formats. And to mark the occasion, Johnny Flynn will appear in an extremely rare and exclusive one-off solo set at Rough Trade East on Friday October 18th.

This will mark his first announced London appearance since his sold out headline show at The Roundhouse two years ago. Entry will be strictly limited to those that either purchase the repressed vinyl stock for either of Flynn’s albums, or indeed, any other Transgressive title sold within the store during the next two weeks. Transgressive label staff will also hold down DJ-ing duties on the night, and Johnny will sign records after his performance. With a sold out Flume event at Brixton Academy climaxing a year’s worth of celebrations in mid-November, there’s still much to look forward to from the London-based collective.  

For further info please stay tuned to the Transgressive website:

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