A new service to print vinyl albums and singles through crowd-funding has been launched by indie label Ninja Tune with the likes of Beggars, Domino and Sunday Best all on board.
Ninja Tune uses the Sony-DADC warehouse fire as an example of where its service could be particularly useful. The warehouse was destroyed during the London riots in the summer of 2011, taking the stock of a number of independent labels with it. Due to the cost of pressing new vinyl, some pieces were never reprinted.
However, the new Ninja Tune initiative is a pledge scheme enabling fans to partially fund the re-release of the destroyed records or records that only gained a small but passionate following and are generally considered too expensive to re-press for general retail.
Once fans have found an item they like through the sites list of out-of-press albums and singles, they can make an order, once the order threshold is reached the record label will repress that product and post it out.
Other labels involved so far are Accidental, Big Dada, Brainfeeder, Cat Skills and Tru Thoughts.
Source: Clash Magazine