Labels of Tomorrow: Scissor and Thread


Labels of Tomorrow: Scissor and Thread

We remember it like it was yesterday. T’was a cool and cozy evening overlooking the beautiful Manhattan skyline through the windows of the Rivington Penthouse rooftop, while an intimate crowd grooved to the now-signature down-tempo vocal house of “Frank & Tony.” That is what the Scissor & Thread label launch party in November of 2011 was like.

Scissor and ThreadFast-forward just a little more than a year and what do we have? A fully-flourishing label with new signees and multiple releases. Frank & Tony, or better known as Francis Harris (Adultnapper/Bluelightmover, pictured above) and Anthony Collins, started this label with the intention of having a different platform than the vast amount of dance imprints out there. Rather than focus on creating club-bangers, their musical aesthetic is sexy and soothing, creating a vibe that can be emotionally captivating yet still dance-provoking. They wanted everything to be organic, from the artists they brought on board to the way their music would be released, signing only “live acts” and staying “strictly vinyl” for quite some time.

Canadian duo, Bob Moses (Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie) and Black Light Smoke (Jordan Lieb) are the two live acts that have joined Frank & Tony on their quest for new and innovative sounds in the dance scene. Both have seen celebrated success on their releases for Scissor & Thread, being charted by the likes of Giles Wasserman, El_Texf_A, and Burnski. They all have their own distinct sound, but when placed side-by-side, there is no denying the overall cohesiveness that is coming from this label, which we find unique and refreshing.

Below we’ve chosen three releases that embody the Scissor & Thread sound. Check them out and get to know one of the underground’s “Labels of Tomorrow.”

“Picture Us” is one of the final tracks on Francis Harris’ debut LP on Scissor and Thread, Leland. This progressive tune is brought to life by subtle yet catchy guitar riffs provided by Harris himself, and the brilliantly warm trumpet accents of Greg Paulus (No Regular Play/Matthew Dear Band). It is a perfect example of that dance-infused melancholic-music we spoke of, which Scissor and Thread does so well.

“Hands to Hold” just might be our favorite track by Canadian duo, Bob Moses. Released as part of their debut EP on Scissor and Thread, Hands to Hold, it was instantly embedded in our minds from the moment we first heard it. The melody, the lyrics, the overall vibe it creates when performed live – it’s just a truly special track and very telling of the talent coming out of Scissor and Thread.

Black Light Smoke, AKA Jordan Lieb, shows us that it’s not all blue at Scissor and Thread with his groovy track “Lovework”. It showcases the more light-hearted side of the label, keeping consistent with the S&T theme of empathetic vocals while adding a touch of funk. You can also enjoy an amazing remix of the track by DJ T, which was released on Get Physical.