July 30th marked the launch of new independent label Native Rebel Recordings from multi-reed player and cultural instigator Shabaka Hutchings, the musician and composer behind Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka and the Ancestors. Shabaka launches the label with longtime music industry publisher Matt Smith of Metropolis Songs. Their first signing is saxophonist, composer and arranger, Chelsea Carmichael. Having firmly cemented herself as one to watch on the new London jazz scene, Chelsea’s first offering comes in the form of ‘Myriad’ - a playful, tantalising and gorgeously hypnotic release, serving as the perfect preview of what’s to come. Listen to ‘Myriad’ HERE. Recorded at London’s iconic RAK studios with Eddie Hick (Sons of Kemet), Dave Okumu (The Invisible) and Tom Herbert (The Invisible; Polar Bear), ‘Myriad’ will feature on Chelsea’s debut record which will be released later this year. Of the track, Chelsea comments; “This is the first collaborative offering from the album - ‘Myriad’ meaning to me the infinite and the diverse, but here in the context of the dance. It's something for us to gather and move to - as a ‘Myriad.’”
Originally from Warrington, Chelsea is a Conservatoire-trained musician who has already been part of a Mercury-nominated band - she played on SEED Ensemble’s 2019 Driftglass - and currently plays with Theon Cross, the Neue Grafik Ensemble and arranges for her own Chelsea Carmichael Ensemble. Following a performance together in May 2019 at the Total Refreshment Centre-affiliated Church of Sound with South African band The Brother Moves, Shabaka noted Chelsea’s potential and invited her to record the first release on the new label. Native Rebel Recordings offers a collaborative and flexible infrastructure for emerging creative artists using a newly-hatched method: gather the musicians together to record the album in three days at RAK Studios, without pre-rehearsal, and to consider the rehearsals part of the recording, because that’s where the juice lies. Read more in an exclusive Music Week piece HERE. Shabaka Hutchings says; “Native Rebel Recordings is giving a platform to artists who are creative, but who want that collaborative aspect to complete the circle of their creativity. We’re building a community of artists and a communal approach to making an album, and we’re making a structure that is beneficial on all sides." Chelsea Carmichael is an undeniably exciting talent. Watch this space for further announcements from Native Rebel Recordings soon. With Shabaka’s creative genius and Matt’s industry experience, the label is set to firmly cement themselves as a key player in nurturing emerging creative artists.