Listen to World Music Labels | Rhythm Passport | Batov Records

In Rhythm Passport’s new podcast series, they chose to focus on who provides the precious “raw material” for our listenings and features: quality new music!

They are talking about those heroes who decided to launch, nurture and cultivate a record label (better if with an ‘independent’ in front of it). As the title suggests, Listen to the Label is our way to pay them a well-deserved tribute, disclosing and recognizing their invaluable work and letting them introduce it with words and tunes.

Listening to world music labels is a big part of Rhythm Passport job, Here are some very kind words about Batov Records below:

For the 11th episode of Listen to the Label we looked, for once, at our “backyard”. Indeed, we focussed our attention on one independent label that almost grew up together with Rhythm Passport, Batov Records.

It was 2013 when DJ Kobayashi and Bob Martyn founded Batov in London, “as a place to call home for Gypsy Hill‘s (Kobayashi’s band) catalog”. Seven years and 36 releases later, they ended up curating takeovers at BoomTown festival and working with dozens of quality musicians and bands coming from their same London borough as well as the Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

To have a better insight into Batov’s past, present, and future, we reached Kobayashi and talked about the origins of the project, what it means to run a label in these mad COVID-19 times, his Record of the Day videos, the London music scene and why the British capital is still his favorite place where to crate dig for new records.