Discus Music


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.


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News and work in progress

Next upcoming release will be albums by Orch U A vocalist / electronicist frostlake - White Moon, Black Moon (Discus 53CD), and a first CD for Discus by Meson (Discus 55CD) with poetry from the eponymous frontman in an improv rock setting which includes alt musicians Andy McAuley, Chris McMahon, Peter Rophone, Mick Somerset, Martin Archer and others.


The mighty antichoir Juxtavoices is also in the studio completing a number of audio and DVD works, beginning with Guardian Weekend Remix (Discus 54CD) which extensively documents three versions of this large scale work - a 90 minute sound installation version for DVD, plus an audio CD containing 45 minute "in concert" version plus a 30 minute "sampler" version with improvising instrumentalists.  A second CD/DVD of miscellaneous shorter works is also in preparation for 2016 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.  Recording this September.


Electroacoustic jazz trio Inclusion Principle are lining up some live dates for 2016, and are at the early stages of planning a new recording which is likely to comprise one electronic plus 1 acoustic music CD.


Rumour has it that the long running but so far unrecorded improv group  Coastguard All Stars (Martin Archer, Hervé Perez, Jez riley French, Philip Thomas and Stephen Chase) successfully recorded their recent gig at Huddersfield St Paul's Hall, and that the result might at long last form the basis of a Discus release.


A few initial ideas being formulated for the next Julie Tippetts release - early days yet, but as part of this I'm hoping to finally realise an ambitious idea I've had kicking around for a while now.....Recording to begin in the autumn.


Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere have studio time booked to start work on their third album.


Martin Archer's first true solo record since 2008's In Stereo Gravity is scheduled to start recording in early 2016, and is provisionally titled Go Heavy. 


Martin's large scale AACM inspired jazz group Engine Room Favourites will be convening in the studio once more in early 2016 to work on new material for a third CD release on Discus




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.