For those of you who don't already know, Jules Hale of Den-Mate is one of the life-bloods of this label. She's incredible and hardworking, and a huge part of our team.

Today she was featured in local blog DCMD to reveal some unknown facts about the project and her processes. Check it out below!


We've got good news: you can now hold your very own piece of GUMP history in your hands / play it in your box. Just in time for the holidays: the GUMP debut Sleven is NOW AVAILABLE on tape in our store. Walk on over right here to cop that shit!

Based in the lazy suburbs of Maryland just outside of Washington DC, GUMP (Give Us More Power) is an alternative quartet, blending hip-hop with post-rock. With souls too tired for punk music yet too restless for a mellower hip-hop alternative, the members of GUMP acknowledge yet respectfully disregard the traditional genre boundaries set-up by those artists who came before them, as they try to fit somewhere in between. 

Formed in late 2013, GUMP is fronted by Gaithersburg rapper Uno Hype (Germany Hawley), with guitarist/pianist Ali Badalov, bassist Joey Pappas and drummer Zeeshan Shad. he boys then took some time to refine their sound and complete their debut EP 'Sleven', which was premiered exclusively via leading alternative music blog AFROPUNK. Gump was named one of 25 DMV Artists To Watch in 2016 by Brightest Young Things and their song “4 O’Clock” was one of D.C. Music Downloads Favorites Songs of 2016.

Stepping in to 2017, GUMP have begun work on their upcoming EP 'Beer & Wine', which is scheduled for a February release, with their lead single "War" set for release in early January.


DC super group and latest BCDC signee THE EL MANSOURIS have premiered their debut single on everyone's favorite emerging music site: Stereogum. Author James Rettig had this to say:

"The El Mansouris got their start last year with a series of three performances in art galleries around their home base of Washington D.C. Listening to their forthcoming self-titled debut album, you can hear how these songs would shine in a live setting: They’re performative and outwardly projecting, and the band — a collaboration between local D.C. musicians who all have their own projects (including Margot MacDonald, Young Rapids, and Cigarette) — has a knack for spinning plates that’s reminiscent of Braids and the Dirty Projectors. On lead single “The Greys,” the El Mansouris build to a controlled cacophony, with abrasive harmonies and prickling guitars serving as a foundation for their epic sweep."

This is also our first split release with our good friends at DZ Tapes! The El Mansouris' self-titled debut will be out 1/13/17, available for pre-order right about now. Ho-Ho-ohfuckyeah.