Brooklyn-based indie label Ropeadope will make digital-only releases its focus for 2007, launching an online-only label in February. Thus far, 25 digital albums are planned for the remainder of the year.
The label's physical releases will continue to be handled by RED-distributed label group MRI. Ropeadope uses digital distributor IODA to service its music to online accounts. Artists signed to Ropeadope's digital imprint will retain ownership of their masters, and the label will license the music only for Internet release, according to today's (Jan. 3) announcement.
Ropeadope, which has been associated with such artists as Christian McBride, Sex Mob and King Britt, will release a host of hip-hop and electronic artists online in February. Initial releases include electronica/hip-hop artist Aunt Jessica, turntablist DJ Klock and jazz guitarist Skip Heller, among others.