So Farewell Then, Richter Collective
I was sad to read yesterday that Irish label the Richter Collective is to stop trading later this year.
It wouldn’t be a huge exaggeration to say that it was the Richter Collective – under its former guise Armed Ambitions/Organised Ideas – that led to me becoming really passionate about Irish music. I remember reaching out to Barry Lennon back in the summer of 2008 and receiving some awesome releases in the post – the criminally-overlooked BATS EP, Cruel Sea Scientist, the classic Adebisi Shank record and the Vinny Club’s 8-bit Rocky V Reckyrd being the pick of the early releases.
It was interesting to watch the Collective grow from a small promoter to become a really internationally-respected record label with a distribution network hitherto unavailable for most domestic Irish acts, let alone the type of niche artists they represented. So it was a bit depressing when they appeared to be hitting some financial trouble towards the end of last year, having to move out of their offices and launching the clever but slightly desperate ‘Friends of the Richter Collective’ subscription scheme.
It’s a shame that even a label of international standing like the Richter Collective wouldn’t be able to sustain itself – though to be fair they probably lasted longer than anyone would have expected – but their contribution to underground music in this country has been immeasurable and has helped a lot of Ireland’s most innovative acts reach new audiences overseas.
Head on over to the Richter Collective webstore for what could be your last chance to pick up some amazing Irish releases. I recommend this bad boy: