Based in West Yorkshire, Hibernate was established almost a decade ago, and our catalogue to date contains well in excess of a hundred releases. Music enthusiast Jonathan Lees started the label in 2009 at a time when piracy was rife. It was a difficult period for smaller record labels, and outlets selling physical formats were struggling. Hibernate has never been in it for the money though. For us it’s all about showing our love and appreciation for underground ambient, experimental acts and their music; and creating packages that will be cherished by collectors for a long time to come.

Jonathan was inspired at the outset by the handful of small labels — Earworm, Wurlitzer Jukebox and a few others — that put out 7” singles and EPs during the ‘90s. Hibernate’s schedule, with its limited numbers and aesthetic of hand-designed, numbered and carefully packaged CD-r releases, is indicative of the love and attention to detail that Jonathan has invested in the label. The assembly of artists on Hibernate are united by a clear sense of organically-drawn simplicity; a fusion of the naturalistic and technological.

On our roster and in our library you will find a collection of artists from the UK and around the world. UK acts include: Olan Mill, Caught In The Wake Forever, Isnaj Dui, Ian Hawgood, Clem Leek, Wil Bolton, Konntinent, Antonymes, Spheruleus, Northerner, Talvihorros, Danny Saul, Memory Drawings, Glen Johnson and others. Our international artists are of the highest calibre and include: offthesky, Yann Novak, Field Rotation, Federico Durand, Chihei Hatakeyama, Felicia Atkinson, Danny Clay, Hakobune, Porya Hatami and many others.

Hibernate also has a long history of supporting good causes. Our ‘Kanshin’ compilation raised thousands for Japanese earthquake relief funds in 2011. £2000 was also sent to the British Red Cross for Nepal earthquake relief in 2015; the proceeds of our ‘Dayalu’ collection. ‘Paws For Thought’ raised hundreds of pounds for the Free the Bears charity in 2013 and most recently our ‘Prietenii’ compilation, launched in 2016, has so far raised £500 for the Romanian Stray Dogs appeal.

We regularly put on live shows in Hebden Bridge, Leeds, Manchester and London. An array of artists have performed for us so far, including: Library Tapes, Relmic Statute, Svarte Greiner, Machinefabriek, Simon Scott, Pimmon, The Boats, Clem Leek, Talvihorros, Ithaca Trio, Isnaj Dui, Konntinnent, Ian Hawgood, Wil Bolton, Listening Mirror, Hybernation, Caught In The Wake Forever, Jasper TX, Danny Saul, Mark Templeton and many more.

To get in touch, please email jonathan(at)hibernate-recs.uk