Not An Animal is a new label, born from the party debris left uncleaned from London’s infamous Bad Passion parties, as ran by Chris Stoker and Andy Bainbridge.
As Chris and Andy’s energy was being devoted more and more to their musical endeavours (Chris - Ess O Ess with Jamie Blanco / Andy - Machete Savane with Saul Richards) it become both a logical and inevitable step that they would eventually see the birth of their own record label, to showcase not only their own music, but also that of the friends that they’ve made in over a decade of throwing and attending parties in various guises (and trousers).
It’s this friendly / collective nature which means that Not An Animal can not be pinned down to one single sound, genre or style over the course of the releases already planned. The music is instead linked by a commonality of taste and approach from all of the artists involved. While you can draw some slight comparisons with the contributors (which include the afore mentioned Ess O Ess and Machete Savane, as well as Man Power, The Backwoods, Chida, Suzanne Kraft, Red Axes, Last Waltz, Taigo, Kuniyuki, Max Essa, Konkret Cutz, DJ Buck and Lizards) it would be impossible to say that anything truly unites them further than an open aesthetic which is receptive to sounds as various as Techno, Disco, Rock, Balearica, Ethnic Sounds and good old fashioned House, and which doesn’t try to draw any distinction between any of them.