"There's something beautiful about limitation": Erased Tapes Records talk Kraftwerk, Bitches Brew and cover art



Robert Raths and Sofia Ilyas of Erased Tapes Records discuss the visual aesthetic of the label on the occasion of its fifth anniversary.

Existing in one of those fiendishly mutable spaces between electronic and contemporary classical music, Erased Tapes Records have built their reputation on attention to detail. Their’s is an imprint where the artwork (and more bluntly put, the packaging) of their records plays a crucial role in the identity of each release, from the live-to-music painting which inspired the recent Lubomyr Melnyk LP to the 7″ puck and micro-fibre cloth that accompany their stunning, limited edition 5th anniversary boxset.

Home to the likes of Nils Frahm (who is preparing to perform at the St John Sessions later this month), Peter Broderick and Ólafur Arnalds, the Anglo-German label is approaching its first major milestone with a unified vision, drawn from an array of inspirations from Mati Klarwein to Kraftwerk. We visited Robert and Sofia in their spotless London HQ to find out more.

To find out more about their forthcoming releases, visit www.erasedtapes.com.