Around the world in 80 labels: Ramp / Fourth Wave / Ashes – Tom Kerridge

Sticking on the home island our next imprint worth the vinyl it presses up differs from most of the other we’ve featured previously. Mainly that’s because the man at the top also looks after a further two smaller outfits, so therefore we’ve gone for something of a triple-header and combined the whole mini-empire.

The most famous of this electronic trinity is undoubtedly Ramp Recordings. Home to faces like SBTRKT, Falty DL, and Zomby it boasts a pedigree roster of new-school names that constantly impress, check out the recent-ish Nochexx 12″, which was well received on the Plain & Simple review pages if any further evidence is required. Next up there’s fresh faced sublabel Fourth Wave, which shouldn’t be overlooked thanks to work from Presk, meanwhile Ashes is the youngest of all, with just one release to date. With all this going on it’s no wonder Mr Kerridge decided to keep things short, and with that in mind we’ll stop holding things up.

Ramp Recordings / Fourth Wave / Ashes – UK – Tom Kerridge 

Describe your imprint’s output.

Stuff that sounds nice.

What would you say makes it different?

A marked lack of 808’s and side-chaining.

What is it that makes you keep looking for new talent to expose?

I like new talent.

What’s the label’s pinnacle achievement so far?

Hemorrhaging money. 

If people were going to hear one release from your camp, what would you prefer it to be? 

Whichever the latest one is.

All being well, skip forward five years, where would you like things to have got to?

Somewhere futurey with robots and stuff.


Recent stops 

UK – Soma Records – Glenn Gibbons 

UK – Fabric Records – Geoff Muncey