Mute4.0 v1

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A true British powerhouse - there is little that has come out in the past 40 years that hasn't been released - or at least - influenced by artists on this fantastic label. At the forefront of post-punk and electronic music having given breaks to Depeche Mode, A Certain Ratio, Throbbing Gristle, Goldfrapp, Moby ... the list goes on.

The label was launched in 1978 from Daniel Miller's bedroom, in order to release the 7" from The Normal (T.V.O.D. / Warm Leatherette), recorded by Miller himself on a KORG 700S keyboard and a TEAC four-track recorder. He went on to sign Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft (D.A.F.), Fad Gadget, Throbbing Gristle and Depeche Mode in quick succession.

But Mute have never been ones for looking back. This is about looking forward, this is not an anniversary, but an anti-versary. New albums from Du Blonde, Lost Under Heaven and Liars are on their way, but in the meantime, Rough Trade and Mute have been working closely together to re-release the records nearest and dearest to the label's heart.

Bonus: Free Mute sampler with every Mute 4.0 purchase made instore or online.

Rough Trade are thrilled to be hosting a takeover at Rough Trade East celebrating MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW), the influential label's unique way of marking the past 40 years.


Claim your free entry ticket HERE.

Clockwise from top left: Daniel Miller; Silicon Teens; Lost Under Heaven; Josh T Pearson; Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (Centre)

5 Minutes With Daniel Miller

This is your 40 year anti-versary, so I won’t focus much on that, but how do you see the next 40 years going forMute?

If they’ve gone anything like the last 40 years then they are really going to fly by! I certainly hope I’ll be around for a lot of them.

As pioneers of the electronic scene in Britain - what is it that drew you to electronic music in its burgeoning years?

The possibilities of new sounds, new ways of making music and the democratisation of music.

You have given breaks to the likes of Nick Cave, Depeche Mode and Moby. Is their anyone’s success that really took you by surprise?

They are all hugely talented artists, but that doesn’t automatically mean success, so the fact that they got the success they deserved is always gratifying, rather than surprising.

Is there anyone you came close to, or regret not, signing?

Not really, there’s a longer answer somewhere out there.

What is coming out of Mute right now - or right soon - that we can look forward to?

We’ve got some great Mute 4.0 events and releases planned over the coming year and of course a lot of great music. The Lost Under Heaven album is really exciting and Maps has created some beautiful new music that will take people by surprise. A few artists will be returning with some albums in the first half of the year that we’re all looking forward to sharing with the world.