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


Very excited to announce a host of upcoming releases by a number of our favourite colleagues doing their own music!  Discus Music will be releasing the next CD "The Two Fridas" by Laura Cole & Metamorphic, and Laura also plans to make a solo record for the label.  Dave Kane recently scored a major triumph with his solo bass piece The Kleshas, which was premiered at the 2016 Marsden Jazz Festival.  We're very please to announce that a studio version of this wonderful piece will be released by Discus in 2017.  Slightly further down the road Discus will also be releasing "One Last Noose", a trio CD by Mat Maneri, Lucian Ban & Corey Mwamba.


Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer CD #5 is gradually taking shape with first vocal sessions now underway.


Martin's large scale AACM inspired jazz group Engine Room Favourites convened in Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio once more in March 2017 to record new material for a third CD release on Discus, titled "Safety Signal From A Target Town".  This is currently being mixed.

You can watch a video of us in the studio on the Discus YouTube channel - link above right.


Martin Archer formed a new trio in 2016 - DAS RAD - with Nick Robinson and Steve Dinsdale.  The group will be recording and hopefully gigging a bit during 2017.


A recording date has been set for the next small group session - Archer plus Pat Thomas, Dave Kane, Chris Sharkey and  Peter Fairclough - has been scheduled for the end of 2017.


Rehearsals will begin later in 2017 for what may be destined to become Martin Archer's new Sextet for regular performance - Martin Archer (saxes), Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet), Graham Clark (violin), Laura Cole (piano), Dave Kane (bass), Peter Fairclough (drums) - watch this space for furhther news.




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.