This label was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and is the CD imprint for releases by their many and various projects. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the artists, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised. Please do spend some time browsing around our site and listening to the various music examples to be found here.
News and work in progress
Very pleased to announce that Discus 56CD will be a release of The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon, composed by Keith Tippett and performed by the KeithTippett Octet. This major new work was commissioned by Richard Wiltshire and beautifully recorded at Real World Studio, and is based on themes from Irish folk music. It's a very attractive and creative workand of course it's very pleasing to include Keith in the stable of Discus artists at last.
Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer CD #5 is well underway - one CD of songs and textures and another of... well, something rather different. 2017 release.
Watch out for Story Tellers, Martin Archer's brand new group with Kim Macari (trumpet), Mick Somerset (flutes and shamen instruments), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone), Anton Hunter (guitar) and Peter Fairclough (drums) - an AACM inspired trip with Martin on multiple woodwinds and electronics. This will appear late 2016. The basic tracks are recorded and edited, and Martin is currently working on post production and arrangements.
Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere third CD also well underway with band sessions completed and post production / arrangements well in progress. Late 2016 release.
Martin's large scale AACM inspired jazz group Engine Room Favourites will be convening in the studio once more in early 2017 to work on new material for a third CD release on Discus.
A third Juxtavoices CD/DVD will be released before the end of 2016, featuring all the choir's music which was composed and performed over the lasy three years.
Discus will shortly be expanding into a new area via a couple of vinyl only releases. Two planned quartet albums by Martin Archer, Stephen Grew, Graham Clark and Johnny Hunter and by Martin Archer, Corey Mwamba, Seth Bennett and Peter Fairclough are likely to be released in this format. The concept is to realise each of these works very quickly - one day writing, one day rehearsing, one day recording, one day producing.
Please note there is now an automatic discount for larger orders - if you spend more than £25, any value in excess of £25 is automatically discounted by 30% when you check out. This gives broadly the same result as our old "buy two at full price and get a third one at a discount" system. All prices include postage and packing worldwide.