Cargo Records

Three decades of experience at the forefront of curated independent music distribution in the UK.

Independent music distribution

Our legacy

With a 30-year legacy in independent music, we've established robust ties with major and indie retailers, facilitating both physical and digital sales and distribution. We strategically secure optimal product placements to ensure your releases reach the right audiences. Through close collaboration with retailers, we customize our services to meet their unique needs. We simplify your music distribution process, supported by our extensive decades-long experience.

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What we do

We've an expansive network across the UK, and the rest of the world through various trusted regional independent distributors and music services, ensuring comprehensive coverage. 


We're an indie music distribution company, getting your music into stores by handling the distribution and marketing of physical products to retail outlets.


Distribution and marketing of your digital releases and catalogue to key online music services, globally.


Manufacturing and warehousing physical products, then sales and marketing to retail outlets in the UK.


Utilizing our vast partner network, we distribute physical products internationally in major record-buying markets, offering a range of retail and promotional marketing opportunities worldwide.

Online Shop and fulfilment

As well as fulfilment - our online platform empowers you to establish a store for direct fan engagement.

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The Cargo Collective

A monthly initiative uniting a curated set of independent record shops in the UK, focused on showcasing 16 new releases a month.

Cargo Collective Store Finder

Recent Releases:


Grim Iconic...(Sadistic Mantra)

Sub Pop

The debut Sub Pop album by art-punk ensemble J.R.C.G., led by Justin Gallego (also of Dreamdecay), is filled with ominous, darkly melodic tracks that stir Krautrock, Latin rhythms, and post-punk into a hypnotic stew.

Dean McPhee

Astral Gold

Bass Ritual

“Achieves a sort of elegantly blackened transcendence like, roughly, Michael Rother and Bohren & Der Club of Gore enacting a slow-motion ritual in the remotest Pennines ****” MOJO

Royal Trux

Twin Infinitives

Fire Records

“Sounding like a subway ride inside a television inside an earthquake inside the end of the world and a pounding death rhythm of apocalyptic now.” Pitchfork

Uranium Club

Infants Under The Bulb

Static Shock

"Once again win their dear listeners over with eccentrically wild guitar parts, revolving voices, elastic-tight drums and the addition of their very own Saints-styled horn section"

Astrid Sonne

Great Doubt


"The Danish experimentalist turns toward singer-songwriter introspection, finding drama and yearning in melancholy, understated arrangements" Pitchfork

Public Image Ltd.

End Of World

PiL Official

"The apocalypse on poppers" Pitchfork

Public Service Broadcasting

This New Noise

Test Card

"A heartfelt hymn to a national treasure" Classic Rock

Jessy Lanza

Love Hallucination


"Spans pop and beguiling abstraction on her fourth album" The Guardian



Rocket Recordings

"Perhaps their best, most fully realised record yet." The Wire

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Future Is Your Past

'A' Recordings

"Another glorious explosion of 21st century mind-blowing psychedelia" Louder Than War

Vanishing Twin

Afternoon X

Fire Records

"Embodies a lively sense of exploratory wonder" Pitchfork

The Shits

You're A Mess

Rocket Recordings

"Killer album of psych hardcore dirges, one that offers salvation at the cost of sanity" Norman

Lee Gamble



"AI is outstripping our ability to understand or harness it. Models can be seen as an unsettling commentary on that reality." Pop Matters

Pigs x7

Land of Sleeper

Rocket Recordings

"A parallel universe where Motörhead preferred cannabis to amphetamines" The Guardian

Kristin Hersh

Clear Pond Road

Fire Records

"At the top of her considerable game" Uncut

Emma Anderson


Sonic Cathedral

"The Lush singer’s first solo album is a hypnotic, electro-pop slow-burner" The Guardian

Shintaro Sakamoto

Like A Fable

Zelone Records

"Sakamoto continually updates his sound, and with Like A Fable, he has made his best pop album yet." 

Loraine James

Gentle Confrontation


"Offers an invitation to bear witness to a process that’s human, hard to define, and close to the heart" Pitchfork

Mui Zyu

Rotten Bun For Eggless Century


His Golden Messenger

Jump For Joy


Blind Boys Of Alabama

Echoes of the South

Single Lock

Say She She


Karma Chief

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