The !K7 Label group has announced a North American partnership with R&S Records. The Belgian label (and its sister label Apollo) is recognized as a key early supporter of techno originators such as Juan Atkins and Derrick May, as well as one of electronic music's signature personalities, Aphex Twin and a long list of luminaries such as Ken Ishii, Biosphere, Joey Beltram, Jam & Spoon, Kenny Larkin and many more. In recent years, the label has earned a reputation as a source of vital new talent, having nurtured the careers of contemporary heavyweights including James Blake, Pariah, Lone, Blawan and others. R&S' partnership with !K7 sees !K7's New York-based team working closely to provide R&S and Apollo with physical and digital distribution in North America via !K7's structure with Redeye Distribution, and digital distribution via !K7's direct partnerships, as well as US-focused strategic input, marketing, and label services to help develop and grow the exciting roster of new and established acts on the two imprints.
Horst Weidenmuller, CEO of !K7 Records says: 'For my company the US has always been the biggest market and we are all working hard to achieve the same for Renaat and his great team.'
R&S owner Renaat Vandepapeliere states it more simply, 'R&S is on a mission in the US.'
R&S is a Belgium-based label with a 30-year history of releasing some of the most challenging and groundbreaking electronic music in the world. The label and its subsidiary Apollo is responsible for the release of now-classic music from Aphex Twin, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Ken Ishii, Sun Electric, Joey Beltram, Biosphere, Jam & Spoon, Jaydee, CJ Bolland and many more. In recent years the label has earned a reputation as a breeding ground for major talent, having nurtured acts including James Blake, Blawan, Airhead and Pariah with a roster across the labels that boasts future releases Vondelpark, Nadine Shah, Cloud Boat, Synkro, Andy Cato from Groove Armada and others.
Founded in Berlin in 1985 by Horst Weidenmuller, !K7 is a multi-faceted music services and label group with offices in London, New York and Berlin, and partners across the globe. The !K7 label group includes in-house labels !K7 and Strut Records, plus a collective of like-minded independent label partners which benefit from !K7's firmly established global services, marketing and distribution network. !K7 also operates a successful management division representing Hercules & Love Affair, Brandt Brauer Frick and more.