Beats by Beat: Emerging record label Music Company offer an expansive mix for home listening
08.07.2021

Beats by Beat: Emerging record label Music Company offer an expansive mix for home listening

Words by Jacob Nazroo

Welcome to Beats by Beat, our mix series for electronic music lovers. Head here if you missed the previous Beats by Beat mix, produced by Laila Sakini.

Many labels strive for the cutting edge, but few pull it off. Melbourne’s Music Company is only a year – or eight releases – old but is quickly establishing itself as a foremost publisher of the freshest sounds from Australia’s constellation of artists making ambient, experimental and otherwise avant-garde music. It may be trite to warn against genre-pigeonholing, but in this case necessary.

The label’s founders Brad Shawyer and Lauren Mitchell have thus far built a discography ranging from single-instrument live recordings to the most inventive forms of ‘computer music’ you’ll hear. We could call it some type of listening music – perhaps best imbibed from the couch rather than dancefloor – but Shawyer suggested some upcoming releases might elude even that broad category.

Fortunately, we can allay these semantic concerns and get to know Music Company a much better way. Tune in to Mitchell and Shawyer’s mix for episode 28 of our series and get a taste for one of the most interesting new labels in Australian ‘electronic’ music.

Also, Melburnians can cop the live experience this weekend at the North Melbourne’s Meat Market, when Music Company hosts Grace Ferguson, Nico Niquo, R. Rebeiro and E Fishpool. More info on that here.

Check out Music Company’s mix below.

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