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Lighten Up Sounds was established in 2007 as a small independent tape label, and exists as a platform for the publication and distribution of contemporary art and music. We work to support the vibrant cultural spectrum of obscure and remarkable sounds from throughout the underground, championing the extreme and bizarre, and spreading the work of challenging and non-commercial artists from across the world.

We specialize in limited editions and analog formats, having produced and published over 130 physical releases to date on formats including cassette, vinyl, lathe cut record, VHS, CD, and 8 track cartridge. You can browse our discography here

Lighten Up Sounds has grown to operate as a cultural hub and North American distribution center, actively supporting hundreds of independent artists and small labels from the farthest reaches, and doing our small part to help spread crucial sounds from beneath the modern sub strata.