Some things just have to be remembered…
Talkin’ Loud is a record label started by Gilles Peterson at Phonogram in 1990 after he left Acid Jazz Records. The label name is based on Peterson’s Dingwalls club night “Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Something”, itself a reference to James Brown and Bobby Byrd’s “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing”.
The first release from Talkin’ Loud was a self-titled compilation in 1990 featuring artists Galliano, Jalal of the Last Poets, Incognito, Young Disciples, Wild and Peaceful, and Ace of Clubs. The label saw five of its artists nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, with Roni Size’s Reprazent winning the award in 1997 for the album New Forms. The iconic Talkin’ Loud logo was created by Swifty who also designed the magazine Straight No Chaser.