Founded in 2001, Lex is an independent record label based in London and New York. Lex usually signs artists directly, works with them to develop projects and releases them internationally. Lex artists with recent and forthcoming projects include Danger Mouse, DOOM, Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins, Neon Neon and The Nevermen.
Lex Records Ltd
PO Box 66736
London NW5 9FU
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The first of nine Solexism events in London. This event featured Boom Bip, Buck65, Danger Mouse and Andrew Weatherall. Future performers include Danger Mouse & Jemini, Edan, Fog, Lali Puna, The Notwist, Pole + Fat Jon, Prince Paul, Prince Poetry, Sage Francis, Subtle and Andy Votel.
The first album is released on Lex - Boom Bip ‘Seed To Sun’. Boom Bip opens for The Super Furry Animals on their US tour. Gruff Rhys from The SFA goes on to record ‘Do’s And Don’ts’ single with Boom Bip and eventually they form the group Neon Neon.
Lex does a ‘take over’ of Deal Real for the historic London record store’s re-launch, with EhQuestionmark redecorating the shop inside and out.
Danger Mouse & Jemini are the first Lex artists to feature on the front cover of a magazine, appearing on Hip Hop Connection #170 with design by EHQuestionmark. Danger Mouse, unable to find a mouse suite to hire a short notice for the covershoot appears in a cow costume. Hip Hop Connection, the longest running hip hop magazine in the world, will go on to run cover features on Prince Po, DANGERDOOM, Shape Of Broad Minds and DOOM.
Non-Prophets ‘Hope’ album released.
Lex is Coolest New Label In The World in the end of year poll in Urb Magazine.
Danger Mouse splices Jay Z with The Beatles and releases The Grey Album to widespread acclaim. Released at the height of the mashup craze, it becomes the creative high water mark for the genre and Danger Mouse an unsuspecting figurehead for the copyright freedom movement. The cover below is from the grey double vinyl release, with artwork by Justin Hampton.
Fog remix of Low ‘Monkey’ is released on ‘Tonight the Monkeys Die: Low Remixed’.
Ramon & Pedro’s The Grey Video re-ignites interest in The Grey album when it appears on the internet.
Danger Mouse GQ Man Of The Year along with Kanye West.
Subtle’s Dax Pierson is seriously injured and left paralyzed from the chest down when the Subtle tour van hit a patch of black ice in Iowa during their US tour with Department of Eagles.
Boom Bip and Diplo feature on the cover of Urb.
Gorillaz ‘Demon Days’co-produced by Danger Mouse and featuring DOOM is released, going on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. ‘Fun Raisin’ a fund raising event for Dax Pierson includes performances by Damon Albarn, Stuart Braithwaite, Hot Chip, Chris Cunningham and Gruff Rhys – other fund raising events happen around the world during the Spring.
Markus Wambsganss picks up a ‘MuVi Award’ for Best Music Video at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen for his Hymie’s Basement live action video.
DANGERDOOM ‘The Mouse & The Mask’ album released. Boom Bip opens for Interpol on US tour. Lex amicably splits from Warp after four years. Lex ups and moves to the other side of Kentish Town.
Subtle remix of Beck ‘Farewell Ride’ feat. Doseone is released on ‘Guerolito’.
Danger Mouse and Cee Lo, who first worked together on ‘What U Sittin’ On?’ on the ‘Twenty Six Inch EP’ and later on the ‘The Mouse & The Mask‘, release their first single as Gnarls Barkley. The single, ‘Crazy’, becomes the first #1 single on digital downloads alone in the UK.
Gnarls Barkley ‘St Elsewhere’ is released and goes on to sell several million copies and racks up several platinum discs. The album is Lex branded and released via Warner.
Danger Mouse wins two Grammys – Best Alternative Album and Best Urban Alternative Performance. Subtle open for TV On The Radio on US tour. Tunde from TV On The Radio goes on to collaborate with Subtle for their mini album ‘Yell&Ice’.
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ single released.
EHQuestionmark, W.S-S.K (Wetshame) and Kuildoosh present the first P-Origins Of Pommery exhibition at The Church of St Thomas The Martyr, Bristol.
Boom Bip headlines Seconde Nature festival at the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-En-Provence.
Neon Neon perform on the Mercury Music Prize show, ‘close’ a sodden Bestival on the Isle of Wight and perform a free concert at Rough Trade East record shop in London.
DOOM features on the cover of Waxpoetics.
Willie Isz remix of TV On The Radio ‘Shout Me Out’ is released on the ‘Read Silence’ EP.
EHQuestionmark, W.S-S.K (Wetshame) and Kuildoosh present the P-Origins Of Pommery exhibition at Castle Cornet, St Peter Port, Guernsey. Kid Acne x Kid Robot toys launched.
Heartbreak remix of Simian Mobile Disco ‘Cruel Intentions’ feat. Beth Ditto released.
DOOM remix EP ‘GAZZILLION EAR’ released including a collaboration with Thom Yorke, a Jneiro Jarel / Dave Sitek reworking and a free download of the MADVILLAINZ remix featuring a preamble by Kanye West.
Danger Mouse and his his other half in Broken Bells, James Mercer perform a track from Dark Night Of The Soul on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Jneiro Jarel remix of David Sitek’s Maximum Balloon ‘Groove Me’ feat. Theophilus London released. Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins ‘Unearthing’ performed live at the Old Vic Tunnels in London, with Crook&Flail performing live and Alan Moore reading the text.
Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins ‘Unearthing’. ‘Unearthing’ is Lex’s first audiobook and is written and read by Alan Moore. The audiobook includes an original score byAdam Drucker and Andy Broder‘s new group Crook&Flail and help from Mike Patton, Mogwai, Jesu, Zach Hill and others.
DOOM tours Europe, performing for the first time in Russia.
DOOM and Wu Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah release their first single under the moniker DOOMSTARKS.
DRC Music ‘Kinshasa One Two’ is released. Jneiro Jarel is one of the producers who worked on Damon Albarn’s DRC Music project in the Congo during the summer. Jneiro provides the voiceover for the video below.
Lex marks it’s 10th anniversary.
Complex Volume 1 is release on Record Store Day on limited edition picture disc. The LP compiles the ten tracks released to mark Lex’s tenth anniversary in November. They include excliusives from DOOM with Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood, Neon Neon, JJ DOOM with Dave Sitek, Boom Bip and more.
Lex announces the first short films in the vast new Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins film project The Show.
Lex Projects in association with The Creators Project present Jimmy’s End. Written by Alan Moore and directed by Mitch Jenkins this trailer is the first glimpse of Moore’s multi media project entitled The Show.