Some record labels are drawn to hype or trying to discover the next big thing, whereas others are happy to exist at their own pace and in their own lane. Music From Memory (named after one of the artists they have featured on the label, Vito Ricci’s album of the same name) falls into the latter camp. That is not to say they have faltered in releasing music. Set up in 2013 and with over 50 releases at current count, it is rare to find a label at this stage in its development with such a flawless catalogue.
Created with the simple idea to release visionary electronic music from both past and present, MFM has not only completed what it set out to achieve but has evolved without effort into new territories. A new series of releases of avant-garde and innovative music under the banner of “Music For Dance & Theatre”, as well as a compilation of accessible yet still left-field Japanese pop curated by collaborators Eiji Taniguchi and Norio Sato, highlights just some of the new directions that the label manages to unearth oddball gems from.
Looking in close detail at the output, much of the music on MFM is not easily categorizable in form or genre, and yet each new release sits immediately at home alongside its musical peers. This is testament to the finely tuned ears of owners Jamie Tiller and Tako Reyenga, who have put their appreciation for their discoveries first. With the reissue market at the busiest it has ever been, Tiller has previously shown no interest in those ‘that only chase after records that have become hyped’ stating he enjoys ‘labels that like to introduce rather than cater to Discogs wants lists.’
It is with this ethos that Music From Memory has continued to keep us in awe, whilst steadily carving a unique identity. Just don’t expect to guess what might be coming next.