Hoss Records was born in 2004 when Brad Hurst and Nina Walia decided to start a record label that catered to their tastes. Both are omnivorous consumers of off-center, underground music, and their ears aren't limited by genre boundaries.
"We wanted to start a label that wouldn't fall neatly into a categorized sub-genre," says Hurst, who attends grad school at Georgia State University. (Walia currently resides in Washington, D.C.) "You have labels like Scam or Plug Research who only do beats, or Erstwhile, who just does serious avant-garde music. Or Southern Lord that only does metal. That's all stuff that we love, but our idea is to not be limited by these things."
Hurst and Walia's label ambitions culminated with a series of split 12-inches and LPs by artists scattered up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Hoss' inaugural release is a split 12-inch that features the progressive funk of New York-based Atlanta expatriate Ryan Rasheed's LeBlaze. On the flipside, NYC neo-psychedelic noise act Excepter spins with unbalanced mash-up terror.
Hoss' second offering is a full-length from Baltimore's Wzt Hearts (pronounced Wet Hearts), titled Heat Chief. The record is a blissfully spooky combination of noise and improv that is abstract but not difficult for the sake of being difficult.
This week, Hoss releases a 12-inch split with Jason Forrest's "Blood Tax at Harvest Time" b/w Ricky Rabbit of D.C. glitch-hoppers Food for Animals' "Shots: Vol. 1."
A full-length from Hurst's drone metal band Celephais will be released later this year.
Each release is limited to 500 copies and thus far only on vinyl. "We'll make our maiden voyage into CD waters soon, but this machine has just started rolling."
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