Hux Records was launched in February 1998 with the release of an album of Kirsty MacColl’s complete BBC sessions. Five years and almost 40 albums later, Hux has gained a reputation as an excellent independent label, offering an eclectic selection of classic archive recordings.
The majority of the Hux catalogue is comprised of material originally recorded in session and live for Radio 1. In fact, ‘Record Buyer’ magazine recently described the company as 'the best plunderers of the BBC archive'.
But as Hux continues to expand and diversify, we’ve seen the reissue of several classic albums, which have long since been deleted and which were unavailable on CD until now. Albums such as Ernie Graham’s eponymous LP, featuring members of Brinsley Schwarz (including Nick Lowe) and Help Yourself as his backing band.
Hux has also unearthed a few gems which have never seen the light of day before at all. Such as Malcolm Morley’s (ex Sam Apple Pie, Help Yourself & Man) debut album, which was recorded in 1976 but not released until now. (The master tapes were lost and only discovered recently).
Each Hux title is released with the full approval and involvement (where possible) of the artists concerned. So it was with the recent release of Soft Machine’s BBC sessions, recorded 1967-1971. The cover art features Robert Wyatt’s abstract photographs and he also helped out with compiling the running order. The accompanying CD booklet includes a liner note from Kevin Ayers and Hugh Hopper and several rare photographs from the band’s own archive.
...an eclectic selection of classic archive recordings
Looking forward, new releases scheduled for later this year include Nucleus, Wreckless Eric, Gay & Terry Woods, The Grease Band, Gene Vincent, Brinsley Schwarz, Gryphon and a second volume of Soft Machine sessions.
Hux Records is always looking for new ideas and welcomes any feedback regarding potential album releases. So if you have any suggestions, do please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send you a bunch of CDs if your email results in the release of a new album.