In November 2014, the legendary Abbey Road Studios hosted seminal, show-stopping performances from dance music icons Underworld and pop powerhouse producers Gorgon City for the launch of the Black Label Project, brought to you by Carling.
The exclusive event, which was attended by selected fans and music industry faces, including Huw Stephens, George Lamb and Zara Martin, was the first in a series of collaborations that will see the Black Label Project bring together the best of Britain’s established and emerging talent through a series of immersive, innovative and disruptive live events, featuring unique collaborations between legendary British artists and emerging talent.
November’s Black Label Project launch saw Gorgon City, whose recent album Sirens catapulted them straight into the Top 10, start the party with their scintillating, polished sound. Underworld, fresh from their unique live show at the Royal Festival Hall, then took to the stage to delight the crowd with their innovative, timeless tracks.
In an exclusive for those in attendance, the two acts performed their own re-worked versions of Underworld’s 90’s masterpiece Cowgirl. The Black Label Project’s partnership with the studios meant the unforgettable moment and the spirit of the event was captured in exhilarating, raw form using the studio’s globally-acclaimed live-to-vinyl recording process, meaning the resulting track will give fans a sense of being back in the room, witnessing the unrepeatable performance first hand.
A limited run of 12” vinyl, pressed by The Vinyl Factory and featuring both live versions of Cowgirl, are being produced for attendees of the event as well as some lucky fans. There will also be a limited number of the Gorgon City version of Cowgirl available to download at www.blklabelproject.com from Wednesday 26th November.
Underworld said: ‘The opportunity to make a recording live to vinyl is a unique one and it was exciting do it in front of an audience in the hallowed halls of Studio 1.’
Gorgon City added: ‘Abbey Road Studios holds a certain magic for musicians so getting to perform there for the Black Label Project and record with Underworld was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’
Abbey Road studios will play host to further Black Label Project events over the course of the next year, bringing together celebrated icons and exciting new talent within the hallowed walls. Following the events at Abbey Road, The Black Label Project will also look beyond music to areas such as art, film and fashion working with established icons and new talent from these disciplines to create British cultural moments that matter.
For more information on the Black Label Project visit: www.blklabelproject.com