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New LGBT+ record label named for the Stonewall Inn to celebrate the ‘rebellious spirit of the gay rights movement’

Emma Powys Maurice May 2, 2020

A new EP from Super Drama will be the label's first release on June 1 (Facebook/Super Drama)

A new, independent, LGBT-focused record label is set to launch next month to increase visibility of queer artists in the music industry.

Named ‘51-53‘ after the address of the Stonewall Inn in New York, the label hopes to take on “the rebellious spirit of that landmark day in 1969 that marks the start of the gay rights movement.”

From June the London-based label will “embolden, empower and embrace LGBTQ+ people in electronic music and highlight the genre’s rich heritage within queer culture.”

51-53 is now accepting demos from queer artists in electronic music, specialising in techno, house and everything in between.

The label’s first release will be a three-track EP from Dalston Superstore favourites, Super Drama.

Titled ‘Excess’ and driven by prominent acid and punchy samples, the record is said to “shine a light” on the energy and vision of London’s LGBT+ community and will be available on vinyl and digital release.

Super Drama have previously released music via labels such as Moshi Moshi, Stamp the Wax and Phantasy. Their new EP is geared towards the club and the late night dancefloor.

“We’re both hyped to be the inaugural release on Fab’s gorgeous new label,” the duo told Ransom Note ahead of its release.

“Writing this record is a fun outlet for us to really touch upon our more outrageous tastes. Getting our good friend and high priestess Kuntessa involved really amped it up. She’s one of East London’s finest strippers/pop stars and an even better vocalist!

“Each track on the record has a different place in mind for us; parties like Adonis, Faboo or our home at Dalston Superstore. It’s the amazing people who make them what they are, and in increasingly uncertain times it’s even more important we have a real community.

“To quote James St. James, ‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom, Blake, William.’”

More: 51-53, Dalston Superstore, electronic music, LGBT+ artists, music industry, Stonewall Inn

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