KingUnderground was established in 2005 as an independent online-record outlet operating from Milton Keynes. Today KU has evolved into a record label, specialising in the finest underground hip-hop and related beat music.
The aim of the label is to release quality underground music on vinyl as well as in digital formats. Whilst always being educated by the past and capturing the classic hip-hop sound, KingUnderground also endeavours to break new ground and introduce innovative forward thinking music.
At KingUnderground we are dedicated to recognising and releasing quality music above all else. We embrace new artists as well as established ones who possess the talent, vision and passion to create something original.
Lewis Parker, Planet Asia, Mr. Brown, Simiah and Pings are some of KingUnderground’s growing roster of artists.
With love for the vinyl format, we aim to release a desirable, delectable and collectable music package. Creative artwork and impeccably-mastered sound will remain at the core of each project.
KU was co-founded by friends Dan Englander and Peter McCaffrey whose passion for good music, record collecting and hip-hop inspired them to start a retail outlet. Now it is owned solely by Dan but it operates on the basis of a collective with a love for music, skateboarding, visual art, film and record collecting. This has helped transform KingUnderground into an independent record label. In late 2010 KingUnderground Records was formed.
Whilst moving away from retail, KingUnderground will continue to stock music from like-minded record labels such as Redefinition Records, Slice-of-Spice & Ill Adrenaline. We share a love of music and values with these independent labels and want to continue to support them by stocking and distributing their releases.
KingUnderground also has a desire to work collaboratively on projects with other labels, as shown with the World of Dusty Vinyl / KingUnderground Records releases.
KingUnderground / WODV Collaboration
Lewis Parker & John Robinson were booked by KU for a show in the UK when they were touring for the International Summers album. After striking up a good rapport it seemed the combination would be a successful one for future projects.
In early 2010 they released Lewis Parker, ‘The Puzzle: The BIG Game. Episode 1’ because the vinyl treatment for the album was well overdue. Several releases later and the projects are going strong. Expect plenty more to come from the KU/WODV collaboration.