AN ISLE of Wight-based record label is inviting people to fall back in love with music by way of limited-edition, hand-numbered cassettes.

Silas Gregory, over at Chalkpit Records, has launched a new physical imprint in the Chalkpit Cassette Club.

The aim is to showcase some of the most exciting up-and-coming artists around.

The project has since had the honour of being chosen by NME X Squarespace as one of the ten projects for its ReBuild Music campaign.

The campaign will showcase creators and innovators across the music industry, which it says are striving to reinvigorate a downtrodden, post-pandemic world.

Selected from thousands of submissions, Chalkpit Cassette Club finds itself as a part of this renaissance.

For its first release, Chalkpit Cassette Club has teamed up with Leeds/York based altrockers, The Howl & The Hum, and Leeds label Come Play With Me.

A balancing act between insightful, literate song-writing, and buoyant indie-rock sound, The Howl & The Hum’s work combines influences as varied as Allen Ginsberg and Lizzo.

Bringing together new and unheard recordings of the band’s favourite songs from across their discography, the exclusive Chalkpit Cassette Club release traces the band’s extraordinary journey from York’s open mic scene to becoming one of the faces of NME’s ReBuild Music campaign.

The debut release was limited to just 150 copies on yellow cassette, and the record will only be available to those who purchase the physical cassette and won’t be made available on streaming platforms.

It makes it it one of the most exclusive listening experience you might ever own.

Currently, there are less than ten per cent of copies left as order flocked in, selling more than 120 copies during a 24-hour pre sale.

"It’s a real honour and privilege to have our Island-born project chosen out of thousands of applications," said Silas.

"To get the chance to work closely with NME in the development of the club is an unbelievable opportunity.

"As someone who grew up discovering new music reading the physical NME magazine, this really is a moment I’ll cherish for very long time."

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