Crammed Discs : WOMEX Label Award winners 2009!
Crammed seems to be recognized as one of the most exciting, adventurous and boundary-breaking independent labels worldwide. Based in Brussels and resolutely cosmopolitan-minded, the label has kept reinventing itself, and has been constantly coming up with new blends, mixing elements of rock, world music, pop and electronica ever since its inception in the early '80s, often anticipating the musical movements which bloomed during the next three decades.
Crammed has released over 360 albums and 250 singles by artists from all over the world, spanning an entire musical and typographical alphabet from Aksak Maboul to Bebel Gilberto to Carl Craig, DJ Morpheus (& the Freezone series), Eddie 'Flashing' Fowlkes, Fred Frith, The Gruesome Twosome, Hector Zazou, Ian Simmonds (aka Juryman), John Lurie & Juana Molina, Konono No.1, Les Tueurs de la lune de miel (The Honeymoon Killers), Minimal Compact, Colin Newman, OY, Phosphorus, Q-Moog, Ramuntcho Matta, Skip&Die & Suba, Taraf de Haidouks & Tek 9/ 4hero, U-cef, Veronique Vincent, Wise In Time, Yasmine Hamdan, Zap Mama & Zuco 103, "X" being still an unknown quantity.
Although Crammed puts out records by artists from the four corners of the planet (from the Balkans to Africa, South America and the Middle East, as well as from Western Europe and the USA), the label doesn't see itself as a "world music label": it just happens to enjoy working with artists from around the world, some of whom sing in languages other than English…
Crammed's sub-labels have included the Made To Measure composers' series, world music collection Cramworld, electronic music imprints SSR, Language & Selector, and Ziriguiboom, a collection devoted to new Brazilian music. Nowadays, Crammed would like to believe that borders between genres are no longer indispensable, so most releases tend to come out under the simple "Crammed" banner.
Crammed's current roster includes Acid Arab, Amatorski, Aquaserge, Don The Tiger, Ekiti Sound, Fauna Twin, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Koçani Orkestar, Konono N°1, Le Ton Mité, Lula Pena, Matias Aguayo, Nova Materia, OY, Rozzma, Scott Gilmore, Stubbleman, Taraf de Haidouks, Tartit, Tuxedomoon,Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul, Yasmine Hamdan, Zenobia and more.