Double A-Side Records release Play It Like a Woman compilation for International Women's Day
- Katharine Gemmell
- 26 February 2019
Artwork: El Parks
Glasgow label intends to make a difference on IWD, with all proceeds going to Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis
March 8 marks International Women's Day, an important commemoration of the movement for women's rights that honours their achievements and stands as a reminder that the world remains gender imbalanced. In recent years, IWD has become increasingly blighted by marketers who use the day for faux activism, usually to sell a product, reducing the day's importance to a feed of half-hearted hashtags and affiliate links.
However, beneath the white noise of meaningless campaigns are well-intentioned initiatives using the day as ammunition to do some real good. Enter Glasgow's Double A-Side Records, a tiny record label that is releasing an all-women compilation record for IWD, with all proceeds going to Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis.
The record label's first compilation release, Play It Like a Woman features ten diverse tracks from women artists based in or connected to Scotland. Among those featured are Carla J. Easton's 'Girl From Before', Hairband's 'Sassy Moon' and Law Holt's 'Hustle'. With further contributions from Lunir, Martha Ffion, L-space, Curdle, Life Model, Lou Mclean and Jo Foster.
Alicja Tokarska and Angus Lawson, co-founders of the label, list three main motivations behind the project: to raise awareness of the scale of gendered violence, to question the underrepresentation of women in the music industry, and 'to show the middle finger to the patriarchy'. Alicja explains: 'It's unbelievable how many women experience gendered violence each year, both in Scotland and worldwide. There needs to be a drastic change of policies around this issue, including educating young people about consent. We hope that one day the need for organisations like Rape Crisis will cease to exist but, unfortunately, all we can do today is support the cause and their great work.'
On the topic of underrepresentation in the music business in Scotland, she says: 'There are countless talented women in the music business in Scotland, which made choosing artists for the project extremely difficult, and it still feels that promoters don't seem to see that. We want to continue the conversation and show that there is so much choice when it comes to incredible women in the industry.'
Alicja and Angus started Double A-Side Records in their living room in 2017 with the desire to promote local artists while giving them a fair contract. So far, the label has released two LPs, one from Edinburgh multi-instrumentalist Barbe Rousse, and a double single from Home Economics and Life Model.
The Play It Like a Woman compilation will be released digitally and on a playful purple-coloured vinyl on Friday 8 March, with an all-day launch party at The Glad Cafe on Saturday 9 March. The launch will feature live performances from acts featured on the record and friends of the label. All proceeds from the launch gig will also go towards Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis.
To find out more and to buy the record, visit doubleasiderecords.com.