The Dissident sound of New Cross

Veros Artis - dedicated to the art of making it up as you go along.
Veros Artis - dedicated to the art of making it up as you go along.

Andy Blake, Dissident Distribution

Andy runs one of our favourite dance labels around, Dissident based down in New Cross  but spiritually somewhere between Rimini and Chicago in  1984.  We were hooked after being given a copy of Dissident Vol 1 at the beginning of last year.  It was just what we needed to stoke the fire of the Heavenly Jukebox as we spent the summer playing records out of the back of a Function 1 loaded green Model T Ford on the Rizla festival tour.  Saucy acid minimalism laced with audiophile psych that you can really get stuck into . . . & we most certainly did.

Anyone with the slightest interest or fervor in electronic/dance music should track down Dissident cd 1/2: ‘Veros Artis’ vol 1 & 2 and take it from there.  All the labels releases are beautifully pressed 12″ &  ltd to 100/200 copies and there’s not a dud one amongst them & they’ve got great label artwork as well.  There’s no Dissident website, myspace & pretty much fack all information on the label at the moment but I’m sure that will all change very soon.  You can check the all the releases on Discogs and also Phonica and Juno seem to be on it with stocking their releases. DISSIDENT on DISCOGS

Check out one of the first tunes we bit on from Vol 1 here.  Go jogging with this menacing puppy for the whole 11 mins!


WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET JACKING& if you want to hear a selection of what Andy likes to play when he’s feeling Sevenly here’s a 7″ only mix that he sent us in anticipation of his set @ The Social on the 31st March when we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the release of the first 7″ 45 & we kick off celebrations for The Social’s 10 yr anniversary.

BLAKE 7 – Andy Blake – dissident jukebox vol 2