Domino Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
If you discount Rough Trade, Domino Records have a good claim to being the UK’s premier alternative rock label. Launched in 1993, Domino initially specialised in the British distribution of records being issued in the U.S.A. by Sub Pop and Drag City. Some of the label’s earliest tomes came from Sebadoh, Smog and Will Oldham, the latter of whom continues to release through Domino under the name Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.
Domino Records is best-known as a purveyor of premium British indie-rock and post-punk. This development came with the new millennium - throughout the 2000s they were at the forefront of the indie boom, with Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys landing them UK number ones. As their base of more traditional, guitar-oriented bands was conquering the world, Domino was also expanding the definitions of indie music by releasing cult classics from artists like Four Tet, Animal Collective and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy).
While Domino don’t tend to make a song and dance, their clout in the modern indiesphere can scarcely be denied. As is evidenced by signings like Hot Chip and Blood Orange, the label continue to snap up artists which expertly straddle the divide between underground innovation and pop nous. They also do a good line in reissues - Orange Juice and Josef K are just two of those older acts whose work has been repackaged with the Domino sticker in recent times.