of Tea Records
Cup of Tea label reached international fame in the late
nineties, with its consistant quality releases of slo-mo
beat excursions and weirdelic sound collages from their
Bristol based HQ. The label started out as a hobby for
two 21 year old students and very soon developed into
a serious business. Cup of Tea brought us such ground-breaking
acts as Spaceways, Monk and Canatella, Jaz Klash, Sissi,
Receiver and Statik Sound System.
The highly popular Purple Penguin outfit that was Scott
Hendy and Ben Dubbisson was nurtured by Cup of Tea and
went on to spawn an empire that expanded to a record
shop and even a hairdressers. Cup of Tea held memorable
club nights showcasing some of the best in hip hop,
funk and breakbeat DJing and successfully toured extensively
around the world.
Due to unforseen circumstances, the nature of which
takes the form of a million different rumours, the Cup
of Tea empire ceased trading. This was sadly followed
by the break up of Purple Penguin and the closure of
it's sorely missed record shop. These unfortunate
events mean that a large number of highly desirable
releases are now completely unavailable. Many acts,
however, have gone on to release material on new labels.