Independent label Movement Records, run by UK soul artists Michael Kiwanuka and Christian Gregory, have signed a major deal with legendary Mississippi based label Fat Possum and Sony Entertainment’s distribution arm RED. Fat Possum were famously instrumental in the rise of musicians such as R.L. Burnside and The Black Keys.

Fat Possum will be Movement Records’ partner in the USA and will distribute releases through Sony RED’s network, as well as coordinating PR/Marketing and sync opportunities.

First release will be an EP from singer songwriter and Movement co-founder Christian Gregory on 19th August, with further releases soon to follow.

Speaking about the deal, Kiwanuka says:

“Our new partnership with Fat Possum and Sony RED gives us the opportunity to release our records in the USA through a label with a similar ethos to our own. It’s an important step in our story as a new label, and we’re excited to have a US partner with such a great track record who shares our vision.”

Fat Possum is home to the first two albums from The Black Keys, the Hi Catalog featuring all of Al Green’s masters and their new artists this year include Temples and The Districts. They have also released albums from Lissie, Spiritualized and Iggy and the Stooges.

Movement Records’ emphasis on releasing live recordings, captured in one take using vintage instruments and analogue recording equipment lends itself well to the philosophy of Fat Possum, the two labels’ kindred spirits in both character and mission.

The New York Times' T Magazine premiered the video Gregory’s EP title track and said that it "recalls the classic '70s funk of Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield."