There are not many labels like Finders Keepers, that dedicate their catalog – thus their entire work – to the niches.
Since 1999, and without ever appearing to worry about profitability, Andy Votel and Doug Shipton – two of Great Britain’s most famous diggers – have joined forces to share amongst international enthusiasts, their most exquisite finds. All releases are pressed on vinyl and often pressed as a deluxe or limited edition, in the form of comprehensive and fascinating compilations that range almost the whole spectrum of alternative music. B-movie music, proto-hip hop, early electronic, abandoned film scores, obscure albums and lost demo tapes, each new release – which sometimes requires up to several years of research, digging and negotiations – is a small event per se, awaited and followed by the label’s aficionados, growing more and more numerous.
The two archaeologists of forgotten music cover all geographical horizons, and dig places across the globe, from Pakistan to German-speaking Switzerland, from the English countryside to the Japanese record stores. By highlighting the music which was left hidden to obscurity and oblivion, punished for having been sometimes too far ahead of their time, the raiders of the lost music invite us into their ideal record collection world, a special and exciting selection where the music mocked yesterday will be tomorrow’s collectibles.