The Honest Jon’s label, formed in 2002, is a creative partnership between the London record shop of the same name and Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

The label has released compilation albums such as its London Is The Place For Me series, excavating the music of young Black London, in the years after World War II – a fascinating archive of material from the 1950s and 60s.

Other notable releases include genres as diverse as British folk, Port-of-Spain soca, Afro-Cuban jazz from the Bronx, Jamaican dancehall; and retrospectives of artists including Moondog, Maki Asakawa, Bettye Swann and Cedric “Im” Brooks & The Light of Saba.

From this point it has grown into a leading outlet in the UK scene and beyond, with releases coming from Kassem Mosse, Actress, DJ Rashad and Candi Station.

Fun Fact

The track ‘London is the place for me’ appears in the feature film Paddington.

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