‘…[contemporary pop and underground electronic music were] crying out for a label to become the de facto stable for artists straddling the boundary between both… in terms of picking their artists, PMR has been flawless. The success of Jessie Ware’s Mercury-nominated Devotion remains the label’s finest moment to date, but the smaller scale signings of Julio Bashmore, Disclosure and T. Williams may, in time, prove just as fruitful: a close-to-perfect example of doing underground music on a major scale.’ – From ‘The 10 Best Record Labels of 2012’ – Fact magazine
From backing singer to featured vocalist, headline artist and all-around entertainment personality – south London raver, singer, and podcaster Jessie Ware has captured the ears of the nation in more ways than one.
Over the last 10 years, Jessie’s four albums have all achieved Top 10 status on the UK Official Chart and stellar impact across the globe. In 2022, she’s been back out on her own tour, debut her final PMR-era music at Glastonbury, and on the road supporting Harry Styles in the US.
From cult classic ‘110% / If You’re Never Gonna Move’ with Julio Bashmore to a Mercury Prize nomination for her debut LP Devotion and international fans galore lapping up her fusion of pop, R&B, soul, and electronic soundscapes, we’re proud to count Jessie her as one of PMR’s long-running artists and we’re confident she’ll be drawing revellers to the dancefloor for years to come.
PMR says: “We have always been super ambitious at PMR and the success of Disclosure gave us a taste of how to break an artist globally.”
Straddling the clubs and the charts, Disclosure are known for plucking the freshest featuring vocalists to bless their melodic electronic beats. Their in-demand production and remixing skills, plus live vibes galore as they continue to tour the world, start up the dancefloor wherever they go.
After being tipped by a little-known singer Jessie Ware in 2011 and remixing her track ‘Running’, teenage brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence aka Disclosure signed to PMR. Becoming Jessie’s labelmates, a decade later they are all purveyors of Top 10 headline albums. Cult classics with massive commercial clout too, industry accolades are aplenty including multiple BRIT and Grammy nominations, and recognition from the Ivor Novello’s and Mercury Prize.
Disclosure’s full-length 2013 debut Settle achieved astonishing global success. A true cultural moment in time for UK dance music with popular appeal, it spent over a year in the UK Top 100 and peaked at No.1 on Billboard’s US Electronic chart. Twenty-fifteen follow-up Caracal was also a UK and US electronic chart-topper.
Rounding out almost a decade with PMR Records, and continuing a run of records with phenomenal international impact, in 2020 ENERGY became the final Disclosure release on the label. PMR played an integral part in shaping the careers of Guy and Howard, launching them to massive global acclaim and, equally, Disclosure are etched into the history of the label as the first act to achieve such success.
Serving across the spectrum of moods and grooves on the dancefloor, Bristol DJ and producer Julio Bashmore joined the fledging PMR music empire as a management client just over a decade ago, not long after its formation.
After putting out singles on different independents, PMR became his label home with January 2011’s Everyone Needs A Theme Tune EP marking its first release. Spawning UK club hit ‘Battle For Middle You’, tastemaker accolades started pouring in, with Time Out London dubbing Bashmore an ‘underground DJ hero’.
During that era, roster-mate Jessie Ware was working on her debut album. The two ignited a creative spark that led to cult classic ‘110% / If You’re Never Gonna Move’ and a number of others that ended up on her album Devotion. The record peaked at No.5 on the Official UK Album Chart and received a Mercury Prize nomination. Bashmore also had a production hand in the follow-up LP, Tough Love – a UK Top 10 with Gold status.
Bringing this cult club banger maestro to the mainstream counts among PMR’s finest early achievements.
Two Inch Punch
Previously representing Ben Ash aka Two Inch Punch for management, PMR also put out his much-hyped Love You Up record in 2011.
Called the ‘London electro expert’ by Pitchfork, in another credible underground to mainstream shift leading to wider success, Ben has since gone on to become an established producer and songwriter. Working with friend-of-PMR Sam Smith – firstly on his Nirvana EP in 2013, with ‘Safe With Me’ later featuring on Sam’s Grammy-winning, international hit debut album In The Lonely Hour, including No.1 single ‘Money On My Mind’. Another chart-topping album and title track collab came courtesy of Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut album Human (the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist during the 2010s) and contribution to PMR queen Jessie Ware’s Tough Love as co-executive producer with BenZel partner Benny Blanco (resulting in Jessie’s first Top 40 single in the UK).
While recognising and developing emerging songwriting talent (including Rex Orange County), Ben is also an in-demand producer/songwriter on the international stage, counting among his collaborators and credits the likes of Anne-Marie, Benny Blanco, Damon Albarn, Ella Henderson, Jake Bugg, James Vincent McMorrow, Kali Uchis, Lianne La Havas, Lion Babe, Mikky Ekko, Tinashe, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Years and Years, and the international award-winning Birds Of Prey soundtrack.
Another early PMR signing, renowned Rinse FM London DJ T. Williams brought through his experience of grime, bass, house music, and their sub-genres and offshoots, creating club-friendly productions.
Breakout release ‘Heartbeat’ featuring Terri Walker was lauded in 2010, bringing the momentum and recognition as DJ Mag’s Best Breakthrough DJ 2011, Time Out’s DJ Stars of 2012, inclusion among The Guardian’s mix picks of the year, and widespread BBC Radio 1 support (including that of the legendary John Peel).
Further releases on PMR followed his 2012 debut label EP Pain & Love while TW also built his reputation as a go-to remixer for Ben Westbeech, Disclosure, Maya Jane Coles, Mikky Ekko, Lianne La Havas, Skream, Wretch 32 and so many more.
Extensive international touring, his own label and other projects with fellow PMR alumni Julio Bashmore are just a few more things on the impressive CV of this independent creative talent.