Today, Warp issued a statement on how the fire, caused by the London riots, had affected them. It was not good news.
"All of Warp's UK stock appears to have been lost in the fire," say Warp.
Read that again. Horrible.
"The Sony DADC warehouse also acted as our international distribution hub and so this has affected our ability to supply our overseas partners."
They go on to state that forthcoming released by Grizzly Bear offshoot CANT (as obtuse a name as !!!), uber knob-twonk Rustie and techno veterans Plaid will go ahead, but that funtime high-cymballed beat combo Battles may have to cope with a digital-only version of their next single My Machines.
Label Love is a campaign to raise cash for the many labels affected by the blaze. There is one event already scheduled, and I hope Manchester can organise something similar. PIAS, who sub-contract the warehouse, have also teamed up with the Association of Independent Music to support those affected.
But the worry is not just financial.
"The biggest challenge for us," continues the statement, "is replacing Warp's extensive back catalogue spanning the last 21 years. We will replace as much of this as we can by creating new stock and replenishing where possible with stock from outside the UK. Unfortunately some releases may never be available physically again."
"We will be closely supporting PIAS in their efforts to get the independent music community up and running as quickly as they can."
There's not much else to say. My planned blog post, full of theoretical blatherings about the wider affect of the fire and the riots, has been thrown into the bin. All that remains is a deep sadness for Warp Records and the effect of this incident on the legacy that has fed this blog for years.
Not just Warp, either, of course. A full list of labels follows in small print.
All that, before we even get to the human tragedy of the stupid, stupid riots. What a sad few days.
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