The Leaf Label seeks full-time Label Assistant
Published 25 April, 2022 by THD

Seeking a driven and creative music lover to join a small team at a well-established music company, primarily managing our mail order service as well as assisting the team with promotion, social media, digital marketing and overall preparation and creativity on each release.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, efficient and versatile individual. Strong communication skills are vital - we need someone who is confident and comfortable dealing with people by phone, email and in person. You should be organised and self-disciplined, and be ready to use your initiative and creativity.

The successful applicant will have a passion and knowledge for music outside the mainstream. We’re after fresh ideas and innovative approaches to marketing our artists and releases.

Given the nature of our small team, this will be opportunities to gain an overview of many aspects of the music industry. There will be tasks outside of the core role, with potential to develop and grow new skills in a dynamic and creative environment.

Responsibilities to include:

• Managing our D2C shop and mail order service (Bandcamp/Discogs)
• Handling stock logistics
• Direct customer services
• Updating websites and social media
• Generating metadata for assets and releases
• Press and radio reports and contacting journalists/DJs
• Creating email promotions for retail and media
• Building relationships with retail

Salary dependent on experience. The Leaf Label is committed to diversity and equality and pays the real Living Wage.
Please send a CV and covering letter to
Closing date for applications is Monday May 9th 2022

Happy Birthday MES
Published 05 March, 2017 by Tony Morley

Happy Birthday MES

In recognition of The Fall’s indefatigable Mark E Smith reaching the grand old age of 60, here’s a playlist of other people’s songs that The Fall have performed over their 40 year career.

This list contains every known cover version performed by the group (either live or in the studio), along with the original (or at least most appropriate) version, that currently exists on Spotify. Some of the originals are missing, as are some of the covers, but one way or the other this playlist includes pretty much everything. No particular order, other than that some of my favourites come top. It’s quite a revelation, covering rockabilly, dub, country, disco, proto-punk, out and out pop and, uh, Christmas carols, with Smith's favourites apparently being The Monks, Iggy Pop, Gene Vincent, Frank Zappa, and Frankie Valli...

Smith has an uncanny ability to take a song, whether obscure or well-known, and make it his own. Sometimes played fairly straight, sometimes unrecognisable, often with changed lyrics and titles, it took me years to realise some of these songs weren’t Smith originals. I started compiling this a couple of years ago, but was defeated by the sheer volume of songs. MES’s special birthday seemed like a good reason to finish it.

I’m indebted to the extraordinary Reformation Post TPM Fall song list for its incredible research. Additional inspiration from The Quietus, The Fall Online and this great compilation, released by Ace in 2011.

MES at 60: The Fall's cover versions

Office Radio May 2016
Published 24 May, 2016 by BP

The Leaf Label's Office Radio is full of illicit pleasures. You know you want it. Just make sure you don't leave it in your browser tabs when you post screen shots on social media or there will be difficult questions to answer.

This is what we've been enjoying of late:

Sh*t Robot - What Follows
T. P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - The Skeletal Essences of Afro Funk, Vol. 3 (1969-1980)
Kenny Lynch - Half The Day's Gone And We Haven't Earne'd A Penny
Belle Epoque - Miss Broadway
Mark Pritchard - Under The Sun
Leron Thomas - Role Play (feat. Bilal)
The Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can
Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead
Keith Barrow - Turn Me Up
Serge Gainsbourg - Initials B.B.
Special Request - Elegy
Mikael Seifu - How to Save a Life (Vector of Eternity)
Prins Thomas - Meiro

Office Radio April 2016
Published 26 April, 2016 by BP

The Leaf Label's Office Radio won't bite unless you'd like it to.

This is what's been added lately:

DJ Shadow with Run The Jewels - Nobody Speak
Liima - Trains in the Dark
Death In Vegas - You Disco I Freak
Ital Tek - Beyond Sight
DJ Marfox - Cobra Preta
Róisín Murphy - Mastermind
Suuns - Hold/Still