To hell with false modesty: Crammed seems to be recognized as one of the most exciting, adventurous and boundary-breaking independent labels worldwide. Based in Brussels and resolutely cosmopolitan-minded, the label has kept reinventing itself, and has been constantly coming up with new blends, mixing elements of rock, world music, pop and electronica ever since its inception in the early '80s, often anticipating the musical movements which bloomed during the next three decades.

Crammed has released over 360 albums and 250 singles by artists from all over the world, spanning an entire musical and typographical alphabet from Aksak Maboul to Bebel Gilberto to Carl Craig, DJ Morpheus (& the Freezone series), Eddie 'Flashing' Fowlkes, Fred Frith, The Gruesome Twosome, Hector Zazou, Ian Simmonds (aka Juryman), John Lurie & Juana Molina, Konono No.1, Les Tueurs de la lune de miel (The Honeymoon Killers), Minimal Compact, Colin Newman, OY, Phosphorus, Q-Moog, Ramuntcho Matta, Skip&Die & Suba, Taraf de Haidouks & Tek 9/ 4hero, U-cef, Veronique Vincent, Wise In Time, Yasmine Hamdan, Zap Mama & Zuco 103, "X" being still an unknown quantity.

Although Crammed puts out records by artists from the four corners of the planet (from the Balkans to Africa, South America and the Middle East, as well as from Western Europe and the USA), the label doesn't see itself as a "world music label": it just happens to enjoy working with artists from around the world, some of whom sing in languages other than English…

Crammed's sub-labels have included the Made To Measure composers' series, world music collection Cramworld, electronic music imprints SSR, Language & Selector, and Ziriguiboom, a collection devoted to new Brazilian music. Nowadays, Crammed would like to believe that borders between genres are no longer indispensable, so most releases tend to come out under the simple "Crammed" banner.
Crammed's current roster includes Acid Arab, Amatorski, Aquaserge, Don The Tiger, Ekiti Sound, Fauna Twin, Juana Molina, Kasai Allstars, Koçani Orkestar, Konono N°1, Le Ton Mité, Lula Pena, Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas, Nova Materia, OY, Rozzma, Scott GilmoreStubbleman, Taraf de Haidouks, Tartit, Tuxedomoon, Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul, Yasmine Hamdan, Zenobia and more.

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25 Years Crammed Into 7 Minutes
(Crammed from 1980 to 2004)

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The State Of Crammed (2009)

Sité réalisé avec le soutien de Bruxelles Export

Avec le soutien de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
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If you'd like to submit demos or finished recordings to Crammed, we'll be happy to listen to them. Please contact our A&R department and send us a description of your projects, links to mp3 files, any press etc. You are also welcome to send us CDs by post (address below). One important request though: please follow up by email only - we're unable to respond to phone calls in connection with music submissions.

Licensing & Synch Department
If you would like to license music for films, adverts, TV, compilations, please contact our Licensing Department.

Want to see a list of films, adverts & TV programmes that recently featured tracks by Crammed artists? Please visit this page.

If you want to listen to excerpts of over 1500 of our tracks, please go to our shop and hit the play buttons next to the song titles (on the album pages).

For a great cross-section of our latest releases, get the "It's A Crammed, Crammed World" compilation (excerpts of all tracks here)

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