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Innovative Leisure (Record label)
Innovative Leisure is an American record label from Los Angeles, founded by Nate Nelson, Jamie Strong and hanni El Khatib in 2010. Nate Nelson and Jamie Strong worked together at Stones Throw Records, Hanni El Khatib was Creative Director for the streetwear label HUF from San Francisco. They came together to give a framework for the artists and the music they believed in. Their first release was the debut of Lazer Sword, a duo from San Francisco. The common denominator of Innovative Leisure is not a certain sound, but the quality of the music. »At the end of the day, we are music fans that want to work with artists that we believe in and music that we enjoy. It’s really a simple concept, but we want it to be a family and a home full of incredible musicians and equally as important, incredible individuals.«(Jamie Strong) Equally important for the three founder next to the music is a certain penchant for fashion and design. There are not many labels like Innovative Leisure, that are focused on these three elements (music, fashion, design) equally. This makes them special in the label scene worlwide.
Innovative Leisure in Features
Music − Interview | posted 04.01.2013
»These guys are sooo retro!«
Allah-Las make sun drenched surf-rock. The four guys are mostly inspired by music from the 1960s; also lyrically their music is rooted deeply in the past. The band takes being called »nostalgic« as a compliment but resists to be labeled »retro«. In our interview they explain why they found their own videos to be »bullshit«, what their very own Los Angeles smells like and what has been their »most retro« show ever.
Innovative Leisure in Reviews
Music − Review | posted 07.07.2016
BBNG (BadBadNotGood) has grown into a quartet. With their latest LP »IV«, they are proving the critics wrong by having their instrumental hip hop defeat the alleged elevator-jazz.
Music − Review | posted 10.01.2014
To get jazz back out of the feuilleton, it’s taken nothing but the gentlemen of BadBadNotGood. »BBNG2« is putting jazz back into the dark alleys where it belongs.
Music − Review | posted 13.09.2012
With their self-titled debut album, Allah-Las have gone lost straight into the year 2012. Their sun-drenched melodies filled with longing deliver the perfect late-summer-soundtrack.
Music − Review | posted 22.05.2012
Time's All Gone
This 26-year-old schmuck from California comes along and records a terrifically strong album, which could’ve been perfect in the 1950s, but is even better today.
Music − Review | posted 07.11.2021
On »Valentine,« Snail Mail makes even bigger gestures than before, but fortunately that doesn’t change the effect.
Music − News | posted 20.09.2021
Now on Vinyl: »Pandemie und Freunde«
Tracks against stress: Our HHV Label now releases the EP »Pandemie & Freunde« by Stuttgart based beat smith Dexter in a limited edition of 500 copies on vinyl.
Music − News | posted 27.09.2021
Exclusive Edition: »Magic Peaks«
With homesick flicker: The Sao Paulo-born musician Windows彡96 releases his new album »Magic Peaks« on 100% Electronica on November 12, 2021. A limited colour edition is available from HHV Records.
Music − Review | posted 28.10.2021
Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Eight years after a joint EP, Nidia Góngora and Quantic intensify their collaboration with the album »Almas Conctadas«.
Music − List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-year Vinyl Review 2021
Top 20 Books
From the ultimate 2Pac oral history to a re-reading of Daft Punk’s legacy and the B-sides of music history, these books shaped a year whose first half gave us plenty of reading time.