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Twisted Soul Music Spotlights Gearbox Records

Magnificent Little Dudes Vol.1 By Chihei Hatakeyama & Shun Ishiwaka: Traveling Into Unknown Realms"Magnificent Little Dude Vol. 1, crafted by...

Wax Poetics Feature: Darrel Sheinman of Gearbox Records

Exploring the history of Gearbox Records' founder, Darrel Sheinman"Despite the many differences in structure and sound design, jazz and punk are...

NPR Best New Music: Don Cherry

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Feb. 26"Featured Album: Don Cherry's Cherry Jam"  |  Read More at NPR

HITS Daily Double: Gearbox Records

Gearbox Records Hits New Milestones"The London-based label, which focuses on jazz, electronic, funk, Americana, ambient and lo-fi soul, has...

The Vinyl District Reviews Binker & Moses & Don Cherry

Graded on a curve: reviewing new vinyl releases from Gearbox RecordsBinker & Moses, Escape the Flames. "More like a six-course banquet, as the...

Paste’s New & Notable: Gearbox Records

Paste celebrates new releases from Gearbox Records"Indie label Gearbox Records recently opened an office in Tokyo and, to celebrate this milestone,...

Jazziz Premiere: “The Ambassador from Greenland”

Hear the song off Don Cherry's new album, Cherry Jam "Cherry Jam is drawn from an original set of tapes of a 1965 program broadcast by Denmark’s...

Brooklyn Vegan Previews Binker & Moses, Escape The Flames

Stream the jazz duo's new live album, Escape the Flames "You can feel Binker and Moses feeding off each other and all the natural chemistry that...

Jazziz 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Gearbox Records

Best Playing & Listening: Gearbox Gold"The Gearbox Automatic plug-and-play turntable has filled the gap in the portable turntable sector with its...

Downbeat Profile: Gearbox Records

Gearbox Records Runs on the Adoration of Music"Venture into the studio and you’ll likely find its founder, Darrel Sheinman, in a workman’s coat,...

Long Live Vinyl Q&A with Gearbox Records

Record label profile: Analogue to the future"They’ve established a catalogue of stellar archive jazz recordings and contemporary releases, built a...

The Sunday Times: Best for Style

Gearbox MkII"The Gearbox is pure 2019..."  |  Read More Below

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Liza Lo Signs to Gearbox Records & Announces New Single “A Messenger”

Watch/Share the Visualiser HereToday, London-based producer and singer-songwriter Liza Lo has shared a new single titled “A Messenger”. The single...

Chihei Hatakeyama and Shun Ishiwaka Join Forces for New Album Magnificent Little Dudes Vol.1

Out 24th May Via Gearbox Records“A sultry haze of shimmering ambient electronics and sparkling, effects-heavy guitar. Just what the ambient doctor...

Gearbox Records’ Limited Vinyl Series Marches on with Don Cherry’s Cherry Jam, Earning NPR Acclaim, Other Raves

Third batch of Japanese editions lands in the US in MarchAffordable audiophile, vinyl-first label Gearbox Records’ limited edition vinyl series has...

Gearbox Records To Release London Jazz Duo Binker & Moses’ Escape The Flames Live Album And ‘Dem Ones’ Both On Limited Edition Clear Vinyl

Hear the album in full via Brooklyn Vegan HERE Praise for Binker and Moses: Appeared on Later... with Jools Holland (WATCH A CLIP HERE) No.1 urban...

Vinyl-First Gearbox Records Cements Itself As Int’l Tastemaker Label of Jazz & More, Via All Analogue Recording, Mixing, & Mastering

Standard-setting portable turntable earns rave reviewsThe vinyl-led London-based Gearbox Records has cemented itself as a leading indie label for...


Bio – Darrel Sheinman, Gearbox Records

Darrel Sheinman is the founder and head producer at Gearbox Records, a vinyl-led label combined with in-house mastering and cutting studio based in King’s Cross, London.

A drummer from the age of 13, Darrel played in various punk bands before moving to jazz, groove, and funk. Whilst pursuing successful careers as a commodities trader and maritime security professional, Darrel continued to nurture his passion for music via his habitual crate-digging for rare, original Blue Note pressings and a strong addiction to high fidelity audio. In 2009, this led to a change in career path and the beginnings of Gearbox Records.

Initial Gearbox output stemmed from Darrel’s explorations of the British Library archives, which led to a slew of first-time commercial releases from cult British jazz icons that included saxophonist legend Tubby Hayes and pianist Michael Garrick. Under the mentorship of famed engineers Sean Davies, Darrel was inspired to build an all-analogue cutting and mastering studio based around vintage vacuum tube tape machines and a 1967 Haeco Scully lathe, to which one can attribute the signature “Gearbox sound.” More recently and under Darrel’s A&R leadership, Gearbox has been at the forefront of the UK contemporary jazz revival, having released music with acts such as Binker & Moses, Theon Cross, and Sarathy Korwar. As well as jazz, Gearbox has evolved organically into other genres and styles of music, from Brazilian no wave to ambient electronic to lo-fi soul, with a focus on quality being the deciding factor.

A frequent visitor to Japan, Darrel holds a black belt in kobudo martial art practices, something that he shares with legendary pianist and Gearbox signing Abdullah Ibrahim. His admiration and appreciation of Japanese culture led him to introduce monthly “kissaten”-styled listening sessions to the Gearbox studio, open to the public, which proved popular and have resulted in a monthly residency on London’s Soho Radio show.

Ever the entrepreneur, Darrel opened a Gearbox Japan office in Spring 2020, making Gearbox one of the first ever independent labels to do so.

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