Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with Cooking Vinyl USA.

LOS ANGELES -- Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with Cooking Vinyl USA.

The label, founded in 1986 in the United Kingdom, has released albums from Echo & the Bunnymen, Ron Sexsmith, Camper Von Beethoven, the Mekons and the Autumn Defense, among others. Koch will begin distributing Cooking Vinyl releases on April 1.

This marks the Cooking Vinyl's first foray in the States as a stand-alone company. Previously, its releases went through New York-based SpinArt, which is handled by Ryko Distribution. Jeremy Morrison, CEO of Cooking Vinyl's U.S. operation, says the new deal is a step toward becoming a full-service label in the States.