Over a span of 9 years, KITCHEN. LABEL has established itself as a vital outpost for artists who explore the ground between various strains of ambient, neo-classical and the avant-garde, matched with a carefully honed and distinctive aesthetic. The independent record label was founded by Singapore-born Ricks Ang in 2008, and has since grown and extended its base to Japan where it has received wide recognition for its artistic output and thoughtfully designed albums.
The label’s artists share an obsession with sensuous and fleeting phenomena in their music, weaving painterly sound collages into texture-focused arrangements. Despite its domesticated namesake and penchant for delicate gestures and impassive interiors, KITCHEN. LABEL (named after Banana Yoshimoto’s novel “Kitchen”) is a thoroughly metropolitan phenomenon that documents momentary flickers of melancholic beauty in unlikely environments.