Portalights

Portalights, Warrington based, fuse high energy, feel-good pop with the atmosphere & sentimentality of an indie-pop-rock soundscape, reverb laden guitars & driving drums notwithstanding. Since forming mid- summer, the band have been busy recording their debut EP ‘Zooplace’, 3 music videos & even supported Gabrielle Aplin @The Ritz, Manchester.

Their debut EP 'Zooplace' is available on iTunes and their currently in the studio working on their next release.

 
 Zooplace - Portalights

Zooplace - Portalights

 
 Like a Creep - Portalights

Like a Creep - Portalights

 Like A Creep - Portalights

Like A Creep - Portalights

Reviews:

Read Now - MUZU.TV

 Tinman - Portalights

Tinman - Portalights


  Mobius Loop
 Five Fifteen - Mobius Loop

Five Fifteen - Mobius Loop

Reviews:

Read Now - Freaky Geeky Love

 Qualia - Mobius Loop

Qualia - Mobius Loop

Mobius Loop create gloriously eccentric Gypsy folk stories, fusing world dance music and conscious rap with eruptions of free-form dance, charged with an intimately powerful and intense, energetic live performance. 'Five Fifteen' was recorded by Daniel Squires at Soundskills Studios, Brookfield with Whitelab Records Ltd.

*Mobius Loop are not signed to Whitelab Records Ltd - meerly friends of the studio whom we wish to support.

 
 Voting Booth Chain Blues - Mobius Loop

Voting Booth Chain Blues - Mobius Loop

 Deep in the Dale - Mobius Loop

Deep in the Dale - Mobius Loop


Katie Graham

As a young girl, all that Preston-based singer/songwriter Katie Graham wanted to do was be like Avril Lavigne or Green Day. As she got older, her musical influences expanded to include the likes of Fleetwood Mac, A Day To Remember and City and Colour. A mixture of indie, alternative, pop and rock permeates the Graham sound, but she doesn’t see herself breaking new ground in terms of her sound. The stories that Graham tells with her music sets her apart, much more so than trying to create a new sound or comparing herself to other artists.

 
 Katie Graham

Katie Graham

Reviews:

Read Now - Check out her EP review on Amplify.com.


 Egor

Egor

 

Egor

The British-Latvian rap artist offers something different from the normal views of our youth culture, using his experiences garnered from his eastern european upbringing and tales of starting a new life in the UK. Mixing the languages of both his native homeland and good-old English he tells stories of life, expectations and ambitions.


That Boy's Secrets

That Boy's Secrets is the brainchild of Alex, a singer-songwriter from Preston. Writing about what he knows, his tunes are a gritty mix of Oasis-style lyrical quips and adult debauchery.

 That Boy's Secrets

That Boy's Secrets


 Cess B

Cess B

CESS-B

Cess B - Currently working from Canada yet hailing from the Lake District, is a quirky rap artist who utilises humour and a sharp wit to produce catchy, funny and tongue-in-check style lyrics.


Dub Native

A funky house dance act from Preston. Featuring a local vocalist in the form of Erin Rose Harkin, Dub Native's first official release was through Whitelab Records Ltd. A catchy, hook-driven piece heard on the dancefloors of Preston's bar scene.

 Erin Rose Harkin - Dub Native

Erin Rose Harkin - Dub Native


 Boney Black - Leeds & Reading '09

Boney Black - Leeds & Reading '09

 
 Save the World - Boney Black

Save the World - Boney Black

 Who You Know - Boney Black

Who You Know - Boney Black

Boney Black

Aka Titus Charles. Back in 2009 we worked with this rapper and produced his first official E.P. 'Save the World'. Our collaborative track 'Save the World' was picked up by Radio 1 and as a result we were invited to play Leeds & Reading '09 BBC Introducing stage. After an incredible festival 'Boney Black' was the most searched for term through the BBC website, taking precedent over the likes of Radiohead and the Arctic Monkeys...quite the response.

 
 Recession Money - Boney Black

Recession Money - Boney Black

 Soilja Boi - Boney Black

Soilja Boi - Boney Black


Simeone Villiers

Gentle melodies, softly plucked spanish guitar and rich, velvety vocals...what more could you ask for. Simeone is an extrenely talented singer-songwriter from Preston mirroring the sort of vocal quality found with the likes of Corinne Bailey-Rae and Amy Winehouse. Simeone recorded some material with us back in 2014.

 Simeone Villiers

Simeone Villiers


 Stephen Radnedge

Stephen Radnedge

Stephen Radnedge

A true gent of folk music. Stephen Radnedge, currently residing in Vimbuch-Bühl, Germany, writes from the heart and soul producing timeless acoustic songs that tell tales about his life from the beauty of nature to long-lost lovers. Always a pleasure to record and watch perform and a popular favourite at folk festivals around the country.


The Shores

A four piece indie-rock act who visited us in 2007. It was only a very brief recording session and we were using old kit back then, but here is a sample of their work.

 The Shores

The Shores


 The Scamps

The Scamps

The Scamps

The Scamps - Four-piece formed by Lancaster school mates in 2007. One of our earliest recordings in the old studio booths...how we wish we could get them back. The recording quality lets this little gem of an EP down but hey ho...time to move on. Cheeky, angsty and full of witticisms of youth life covering love, loss and future dreams. No longer together, each member is still involved in music in some capacity or another.


Callum Major

An exploration into the mind of a mental health sufferer. Callum describes his personal experiences and anguish at the hands of mental health issues. Often misunderstood, mental health is more prevalant than ever before and excellent work like this goes quite a way to showcase how sufferers of this illness can manage and cope with everyday life by overcoming their individual obstacles with sheer determination and focussed planning. His material is frantic, energetic and often a wall on informative signals...plus he played all the parts on the EP himself.

 Callum Major

Callum Major


 Hazard

Hazard

Hazard

A local legend! Hazard aka Sean Hobson has been a larger-than-life MC from Brookfield and has been a friend of the label since it's inception. Whilst numerous tracks have been made over the years, many were done quickly and with little time spent on recording...hence the mixtape feel. Still, excellent wordsmith and witty chap who is happy to write about his true life and not that of a wannabe gangster.


Various

Various artists have been in our studio with sometimes just for a single recording, so here is a collection of those tracks.


State of Youth
 Talia

Talia

 Akky

Akky

STATE OF YOUTH PROJECT 2012

In the summer of 2010, Whitelab made a connection with GMMAZ (Greater Manchester Music Action Zone) with a view to running a music project for young people in Preston as a celebration towards the continued good work achieved in the local area. After numerous funding applications and proposed rewrites of what we planned to do, the young people of Brookfield, Preston decided they wanted to write, produce and record their own songs with a view to performing them on stage at a local event. The project was to run for 12 months and we aimed to work with up to 50 young people of Preston, either as single artists or bands/groups. 

Across a series of workshops, each artist/s spent time identifying which genre best suited their style, what image they waited to portray through, both, their material and appearance….after all, the music video would be the opportunity to really identify themselves. Weeks of songwriting, studio recording and production, practice and group rehearsals, video filming and photo shoots culminated in the following pieces of material, of which, we are all extremely proud. A big thanks to all the young people who took part, even those who couldn't quite complete their material. You were a pleasure to work with and we hope your hard work and skill levels show through this product of our time together.

 Fake Leather

Fake Leather

 Talia

Talia

 Akky

Akky

 Roach

Roach

 Lily

Lily

 Callum Moore

Callum Moore

 Jordan

Jordan

 Aithusa

Aithusa


Will Poston

After only a few meetings we decided to sign Will to the label. The process was an enjoyable one, mainly due to Will's unwavering trust in myself and Daniel. He basically let us rewrite his entire collection of songs, even allowing us the freedom to remove entire parts or instruments from the arrangement. We focussed the early sessions on his title track "A Fish with no Fins", which allowed us to develop a style and theme for us to replicate throughout the album. Once we were happy with the overall feel of the track, it was much easier to start production of the other tracks, using the title track as a 'sort of guide'. Months of hard work culminated in the release of his debut album to iTunes in early Jan '13. 

 Will Poston

Will Poston

 

 Roach

Roach

 

Roach

Roach 'aka' Rory Reneghan worked with us during the State of Youth project and has produced some really interesting material since. With a gritty, unyielding and honest account of youth life in Preston and the impact made by decisions he's taken in the past. Colourful, expressive and absolutely 'Parental Guidance' worthy. 

 

BLKY

BLKY 'aka' Liam Blake also worked with us during the State of Youth project and has continued to work with us ever since. A talented MC who's take on life is deeper than the average youthful commentary on gang violence, girls and drugs. His viewpoints may not be shared by many but his delivery will keep you asking for more.

 
 BLKY

BLKY

 

 The Empire Police

The Empire Police

 
 The Empire Police - Out of Nowhere

The Empire Police - Out of Nowhere

THE EMPIRE POLICE

They sound like an English version of The Strokes, who've been described as the 'epitome of Indie' - TuneBird Press

Top lads, top outfit. Their debut release 'Out of Nowhere' was partly recorded with us in the winter of 2016 (Just By Chance and TheFinal Crusade). 

Relative newcomers to the live scene, they haven't taken long to establish themselves generating interest and excitement around their arrival. Reserved personalities offer a limited bio poking fun at the lack of a 'witty' text in their profiles...which is good. It means they want to let their music do the talking...just what we like to see. 

We hope to see them again in the future to work on further projects. 

Available at all good online music sellers 'Out of Nowhere' is a must hear.


Vukovar

Vukovar performed live for one of our Bsnug sessions filmed at Soundskills in the autumn 2016. Whilst they are not signed to the label, they were simply too immense to ignore. 

Post punk at it's rawest and purest. Incredible stage presence and intensity with tunes that grab you by the proverbial's. 

If you get a chance, you must watch them live!

Watch them perform live at Bsnug - click here

 Vukovar

Vukovar

 
 Vukovar - Emperor

Vukovar - Emperor

 
 Vukovar - New World Reorder

Vukovar - New World Reorder

 
 Vukovar - Voyeurism

Vukovar - Voyeurism


 The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

 
 The Pinstripe Pigeon Band - Coupdetat

The Pinstripe Pigeon Band - Coupdetat

 The Pinstripe Pigeon Band - Fancier

The Pinstripe Pigeon Band - Fancier

THE PINSTRIPE PIGEON Band

With diligent songwriting, the lyrics lovingly articulate personal experiences while finding humour in political and social despair. Collectively, the band soak up songcraft and live influences from Fleetwood Mac, The Band, The Beatles, Ryan Adams, Motown, Chic, The E Street Band and Paul Simon.

The Pinstripe Pigeon Band were another fantastic band who featured in one of our Bsnug sessions. They are not signed to Whitelab Records but we enjoyed them so much we wanted to feature them on this website. 

Prolific pop purveyors well worth checking out!

 

 Volume I - Paint the Trainline

Volume I - Paint the Trainline

 Volume II - I See Colours

Volume II - I See Colours

 Volume III - Shut Out the Night

Volume III - Shut Out the Night

If It's True - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

1 from ilovealison on Vimeo.

Links to the other videos produced during Bsnug are found below;

Listen - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

Nothing to Know  - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover) - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

A Reasonable Thing - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

Long Way Down - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band

Man Alive - The Pinstripe Pigeon Band