Refo Recordings - A Strong Creative Force in Glasgow

A strong creative force has rumbled Glasgow's underground music scene Ð highly explosive effects are anticipated...

Feature by Marj Walters | 17 Mar 2006
A strong creative force has rumbled Glasgow's underground music scene – highly explosive effects are anticipated... January 1 2006 marked the birth of Refo Recordings, a Glasgow-based record label with an inspiring agenda. Founded by DJ/Producer Barry Jackson, Refo is a new electronica, chillout, nu-jazz, broken beat and house label set to take electronic music to a different level.

Restless and unsatisfied with making music from the confines of his bedroom, Barry boldly went where most only dream of going. A lot of hard work and a trip to Business Gateway later – Refo Recordings was born. The main idea behind the label is simple but refreshing - to provide a platform for interesting and innovative electronic music. Although Barry has been producing his own blend of jazz-based chillout and broken beat for some years now, Refo is not just a platform for his own music. Refo is a label for all of the artists that Barry has come to know and respect throughout his career, while at the same time a way of providing exposure for unknown artists trying to make it in the industry.

With strong roots in Glasgow's band scene, Barry also greatly appreciates the performance element involved in dance music and recognises that there is a lot more to electronic music than just pushing the buttons of a laptop. Placing strong emphasis on the live set, many of the artists who feature on Refo's first compilation release 'Spaces and Faces' bring with them samplers, synthesizers, keyboards, percussion, bass guitar and vocalists, resulting in their music sounding very much alive. Artists on this double compilation include Barry himself, Mash, Milton, Seinan, Subculture's Harri, Chris Harris, Mellow Submachine, Steviesole and Deportivo Street Team. It is due out late March on double CD and MP3 - available from and all good independent record stores. For free sample download visit
Spaces & Faces' is reviewed in Issue 6 of The Skinny, and is released late March on CD / MP3 - see website for details.