Around the world in 80 labels: Lower East – Cozzy D


Happy New Year indeed! 2012 means a fresh start for everyone, no matter how awful you were feeling in the days that followed the post-December 31st sleep. As such we thought it only right to opt for a camp at the forefront of Britain’s modern day club scene for our first instalment of 2012.

The sound that emits from the Lower East label is grounded in timeless electronic music, nodding to house, electro and disco re-realised in forms befitting the imprint’s 2010 born on date. Lee Brinx, Ed Kane, and Cozzy D are the three heads responsible, and the result has seen work released from the likes of Lee Foss, Uner, Gavin Herlihy, Death on the Balcony, and Richy Ahmed, alongside the founding fathers.

We recently cast a critical eye over the well worth a check Inner Circles Vol 1, so take a look at the review by clicking here. Before you do though it’s probably best to spend a few minutes getting familiar with where this crew are coming from, and by that we’re not just referring to their hometown of London. Straight the chief A&R’s mouth then, here’s one of the more prominent teams from the UK’s burgeoning young scene explained.

Lower East – UK – Cozzy D

Describe your imprint’s output. 

We try to keep things a little varied, there are a lot of influences that inspire our tastes individually and as a label, we don’t like to pigeonhole ourselves into one particular genre as such, it is whatever you make of it, but in a nut shell good quality underground electronic music.

What would you say makes it different?  

I guess we look for music that stands out, memorable tracks. We like tracks with hooks, whether that’s melodies, vocals or basslines. For us it’s important for the music to have soul and groove.

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

We enjoy discovering young, hungry producers that share our love for great music. We feel there is a lot of great up and coming talent coming out of the UK at the moment, London especially, and we like to stay true to our roots and help push that.

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

Overall the organic progression of the label as a whole has been our greatest achievement. The label has gone from strength to strength since we launched in June 2010. The success of low013- the ‘Kitchens and Bedrooms EP’ by Alexis Raphael- was phenomenal. Both the Original and Richy Ahmed vs Volante mixes sat in the Top 10 Indie Dance / Nu Disco chart on Beatport for over two months, with Richy Ahmed and Volante’s mix staying there for nearly 15 weeks. This really helped expose us to a far greater audience.

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

Our latest release is our first Various Artists compilation, Inner Circles Vol. 1, which features eight original tracks from each of us guys, as well as a host of other new and established artists from the label. It’s the perfect way for us to showcase our sound, and features a diverse mix of club tracks. Something for everyone we feel.

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

Being able to tour the brand would be the ideal next step for us, but also we want to keep on growing, and remain consistent as we have- still producing a great product and discovering new up and coming talent. 


Recent stops 

Brazil – Tronic – Christian Smith 

Spain – Vitalik – Ryan O’Gormon